Hey, MoMA got back to me and this is the work:

The work you describe is Mark Dion's Cabinet (From Project 82: "Rescue Archaeology: A Project for The Museum of Modern Art"), 2004. Here is a link to our website with a brief description of the work, although there is not an image on the site. I am attaching an image here for your reference (not suitable for reproduction). Many of the bricks were excavated during the renovation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at MoMA, and are remnants of the Rockefeller townhouses that once stood where the garden is located.


Mark Dion. (American, born 1961). Cabinet (from Project 82 - "Rescue Archeology: A Project for The Museum of Modern Art"). 2004. Wood, aluminum, plaster, concrete, glass, plastic, paint, stone, ceramic, brick and various metals, 8' 6" x 59 1/2 x 36" (259.1 x 151.1 x 91.4 cm). Gift of the Freedman Family in memory of Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman. © 2008 Mark Dion

On view at MoMA

Gallery label text
Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, July 30–November 10, 2008

Dion's sculptures and installations are based on the methods of categorization and display found in natural history museums and related sites. He filled this cabinet of curiosities with artifacts from an archaeological excavation in this Museum's Sculpture Garden; the drawings take the form of a page from a natural history textbook, and demonstrate Dion's classificatory and methodological systems.


note I just sent to MoMA; I think Brenadette Mayer / brick words is something I've commented on here before -- anyway, maybe someone here NOT an info co spammer knows the answer

Hello. I visited the museum last week; in one of the exhibits -- my guess is the appropriation one -- there is a sculpture / installation which appears to be a workbench and shelving unit which fetures a display of old bricks showing their company stamps. Our brick mason here in Los Angeles would love to see a picture of the work we've described to him, but 1) I can't find it on your site, 2) I don't remember the name of the artist or the work.

Any ideas?

We felt it was really interesting that the characteristics of bricks / manufacture / age Peter has been explaining to my husband and I over the years were part of the artwork's subject matter, and we were also wondering if the artist was aware of the reasons behind the "brick words" -- the information they convey.