Artists Now! Lecture Series at UWM: Michael Rakowitz, Feb. 4
- UWM Peck School of the Arts
Department of Visual Art
Artists Now! Lecture Series
February 4, 2009 at 7 pm
MICHAEL RAKOWITZ: THREE PROJECTS
Arts Center Lecture Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Free and open to the public.
Complete information at: http://arts.uwm.edu/visualart
Michael Rakowitz will discuss three of his projects: Return, in which he
resurrected his Iraqi grandfather's import-export business to import
Iraqi dates to the US, the first such shipment in more than 25 years;
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, the artist's attempt to
reconstruct the archeological artifacts looted from the National Museum
of Iraq in April 2003; and paraSITE, in which Rakowitz used the exterior
ventilation systems of existing architectural structures to create a
temporary homeless shelter. Rakowitz will unpack the works' common
process while plotting their components, relating the projects'
trajectories beginning with the observations from which they stem to
the ongoing nature of their dialogue with the public.
Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist based in Chicago and
New York City. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including
P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney,
the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale,
National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He
has had solo exhibitions at Lombard-Freid Projects (NY), Alberto Peola
Arte Contemporanea (Torino), and Stadtturmgalerie/Kunstraum Innsbruck.
His public project, Return, was presented by Creative Time in New York.
He is the recipient of a 2008 Creative Capital Grant for Dark Turquoise,
a collaboration with artist Emna Zghal; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a
2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture
and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the
2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. Rakowitz is an associate
professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and a
contributing editor for Surface Tension: A Journal on Spatial Arts.