Robert Smithson's Hotel Palenque (1969-72)












Robert Smithson's Hotel Palenque (1969-72) 
Photographic slides and spoken word/ photographs and text

In his photographic and written essay, A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, Robert Smithson visited industrial construction sites on the New Jersey shore, noting that they were 'ruins in reverse' that, in their nascent states, resembled moribund monuments. Visiting Mexico in 1969, Smithson photographed a hotel that performed a similar entropy, simultaneously decaying in parts and undergoing renovation in others. He delivered the slides in a lecture to students at the University of Utah in 1972, and the piece now exists as a slide installation with audio accompaniment.