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Michael Rakowitz

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Shifting Utopias: A 500-Year-Old Book Inspires a Moving Image Biennial   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Andrea Büttner, Jan Fabre, Michael Fliri, Chiara Fumai, Johan Grimonprez, Fabrice Hyber, Rabih Mroué, Ana Prvacki, Michael Rakowitz, Gilad Ratman, A Dog Republic, Albert Serra, Nedko Solakov, Slavs and Tatars, Javier Téllez, Grazia Toderi, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Angel Vergara, Gilberto Zorio at Contour vzw - Mechelen August 29th, 2015 - November 8th, 2015
Posted 9/25/15
In 1515 the English statesman and humanist Thomas More visited the cities of Mechelen and Antwerp—now in present-day Flanders—where he wrote his best-known work, Utopia, a fictional account detailing the social, religious, and political structures of a made-up island in the New World. Five hundred years later, can a Renaissance philosopher’s musings on the political and social foundations of a hypothetical society resonate? Nicola Setari, curator of Contour 7, Mechelen’... [more]
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Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Elijah Burgher, Robert Burnier, Leidy Chavez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Fernando Pareja, Cheryl Pope, Michael Rakowitz, Jessica Stockholder, Saya Woolfalk at EXPO CHICAGO September 18th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
Posted 9/17/14
As Chicago approaches the four day run of its annual art fair, the art world becomes increasingly animated with preparations. This is the moment backstage of an as-yet empty auditorium; red carpets are cleaned one last time as painters touch up their back drops and technicians in black clothes hastily test light and sound sequences. Dancers stretch. Producers sweat, fiddling their mobile devices unconsciously. There is a palpable buzz of anticipation — an energy not yet disseminated into the grea... [more]
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A Thousand Doors: A Journey into Knowledge and Language   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Edward Allington, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Pavel Büchler, Michael Dean, Ceal Floyer, Isa Genzken, Shuruq Harb, Nigel Henderson, Georg Herold, Susan Hiller, Hannah Hoch, Kostas Ioannidis, Valentina Karga, Jannis Kounellis, John Latham, Mark Manders, Juan Muñoz, Nikos Navridis, Giuseppe Penone, Elizabeth Price, Michael Rakowitz, Annie Ratti, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Adrián Villar Rojas, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Daniel Silver, Francis Upritchard, Paky Vlassopoulou, Jane and Louis Wilson at The Gennadius Library May 4th, 2014 - June 30th, 2014
Posted 5/26/14
On a beautiful, sunny, typically Greek day in early May, I walked up the steps to the Gennadius Library of The American School of Classical Studies, in the heart of Athens, looking forward to seeing a newly opened exhibition titled A Thousand Doors. While I attempted to decipher its flow, a woman behind me, sensing my confusion, asked if I wanted to join in with her group since they were about to begin a tour. As luck would have it, this lady was in fact Elina Kountouri, the co-curator of the exhi... [more]
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Intolerable Conditions   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Shoja Azari, Jimmie Durham, Regina José Galindo, Reloading Images, Tadeusz Kantor, Klara Lidén, Michael Rakowitz, Seher Shah at Haus der Kulturen der Welt March 13th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 3/9/10
Eight artistic statements protesting intolerable conditions, ranging from the "dead" classroom by the extraordinary Polish artist Tadeusz Kantor to Jimmie Durham's unmasking of America’s founding myth in "Building a Nation", to Regina José Galindo’s opening performance: her own gold teeth become the metaphor not only for the exploitation of Latin America, but also call forth associations of the brutality of the "Third Reich". The works take on today’s global reality – not by reflecting or reproducing... [more]
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