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Robert Smithson Bus Tour of Sites of The Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey
With curatorial walk-through of the exhibition 'Robert Smithson’s New Jersey' at the Montclair Art Museum
Sunday, June 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

“The Bridge Monument Showing Wooden Side-Walks” from “The Monuments of Passaic,” 1967. Six photographs and one Photostat. From The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway ©Estate of Robert Smithson, Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai

Bus Tour of

Robert Smithson’s  Sites of The Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey


Curator walk-through of the exhibition

Robert Smithson’s New Jersey on view at the

Montclair Art  Museum, New Jersey


Sunday, June 8, 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Led by Phyllis Tuchman, co-curator of Robert Smithson’s New Jersey

Organized by the Estate of Robert Smithson, James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai in collaboration with the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey

Location of pick-up

James Cohan Gallery 533 West 26th

Between 10th and 11th  Avenue

Return location

James Cohan Gallery 533 West 26th


Tickets are $20 and include museum admission. Space is limited and must be reserved in advance with a credit card.



Critic Phyllis Tuchman, co-curator of Robert Smithson's New Jersey, will lead an excursion to the sites Robert Smithson commemorated in his iconic Artforum essay, "A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic." This guided visit will re-trace the trip Smithson took on September 30, 1967, when the artist, armed with a Kodak Instamatic camera and a copy of Brian W. Aldiss's novel Earthworks, set out from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the city of his birth.


On that day in Passaic, Smithson took photographs of various sites, proposing this urban landscape as a new definition of monuments. Sites included drainage pipes used during the construction of Route 21; a sandbox, which the artist used to illustrate his concept of entropy; a wall of the Passaic High School Football Stadium; and the blocks-long parking lot where railroad tracks recently had been removed among others. Smithson asked with some irony, "Has Passaic replaced Rome as the Eternal City?"


The second part of the tour will be a walk-through of the solo exhibition Robert Smithson’ New Jersey at the Montclair Art Museum, where participants will enjoy an intimate and informative curator led tour of the show by Phyllis Tuchman and Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator. Included in the exhibition is the photo series “TheMonuments of Passaic.”