The Central Intelligence Agency Main
The Central Intelligence Agency Main

Accompanying Text Plate:

The Central Intelligence Agency Main, Entrance Hall, CIA Original Headquarters Building, Langley, Virginia

Inlaid in the floor of the main lobby of the Original Headquarters Building is the emblem which has been the Agency's since February 17, 1950. It is comprised of three representative parts: the American eagle, "representing strength and alertness", the shield, "the standard symbol for defense" and the 16-point compass star, "representing the convergence of world intelligence data at a central point".

About Taryn Simon

Conceptual artist Taryn Simon’s photographs and accompanied writing are the result of a long process of research and investigation. For her 2011 work A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, produced over a four-year period, Simon traveled around the world collecting stories and images that mapped the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Her work Contraband (2010) presented 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), revealed objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America's foundation or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to the public audience, including a nuclear waste storage facility, a braille edition of Playboy, and the art collection of the CIA. Equally concerned with formalism and realism, Simon seeks seductive images of inaccessible and unrecognized, but symbolic, subjects, and maintains a diverse practice that extends to film, sculpture, and performance.

American, b. 1975, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Almine Rech, Brussels
Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
Taryn Simon: The Picture Collection, Gagosian Gallery, London
Taryn Simon: Black Square, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
Taryn Simon: Contraband, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

Installment 1: Inaugural Exhibition , Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
The Time is Now, Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

Fair History on Artsy