Alix Lambert

The sheer convenience of wedding and divorcing was the starting

point for Lambert’s “Wedding Project,” a 1993 art piece in which she married

and divorced three men and one woman in the space of six months. Two

weddings took place in the New York City courthouse, one at a drive-thru in

Vegas, another in Hungary. For her gallery show, all the wedding certificates,

divorce documents and wedding portraits were displayed. The installation

also included traditional wedding gifts like toasters, as well as moving boxes and

two videos. While Lambert insists there are important distinctions between

weddings and marriages, ceremonies and commitments, her experiment

suggests that, for better or for worse, getting hitched and unhitched in

America can resemble a trip to a fast food drive-thru.

Rachel Greene

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