As viewers enter the courtyard, they are faced with an 8-foot by 60-foot freestanding wall. The front of the wall is pristine, with 1,521 donuts hung in a grid formation at perfect 6-inch intervals. The back of the wall is unfinished and practical, with visible framing, water barrels (for stabilization), angled supports, and a view of the hardware used to hang the donuts. The title, Old-Fashioned, both identifies the variety of donut hanging on the wall (the most basic and elemental in Dunkin’ Donuts’ lineup), and raises the question of what “old-fashioned” might mean in a contemporary-art context. Old-Fashioned was first presented from December 2-5, 2009 at the Rubell Family Collection and subsequently in 2010 at the LA County Museum of Art.
Old-Fashioned by Jennifer Rubell.