Bill Beckley: Rooster Bed Lying

1970-71

112 Greene Street, SoHo, New York, NY

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112 Greene Street, New York, NY, 1970-71

From 1970-1974, an old rag-salvaging factory in then decrepit SoHo was transformed into an influential live/work space. As one of the artists-in-residence, Beckley created a piece of post-minimalism in which a plank bed was suspended beneath a rooster cage, with a live rooster inside. 

"An artist who shall remain nameless decided at this time to dye a pile of rope with a toxic substance, and in the wonderful spirit that was 112, dumpted it beside my rooster piece. The rooster first stumbled in circles then fell, poisoned by the toxic fumes. I feel guilty to this day." - Bill Beckley