Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m., A Panel Discussion on the Work of Wolgin Prize Finalist Michael Rakowitz

A Panel Discussion on the Work of Wolgin Prize Finalist Michael Rakowitz October 15, 5:30 p.m., Paley Library Lecture Hall At this event, scholars and critics will examine Michael Rakowitz’s art as social commentary that explores problematic urban situations. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, the focus of Rakowtiz’s WolginPrize exhibition, discusses objects stolen from the National Museum of Iraq in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of April 2003. This piece attempts to make “war culture” more visible in America in the hopes that outrage over the stolen objects translates to outrage towards the loss of life. Participants include Temple University’s Susan Feagin, Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Temple University and Editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; Philip Glahn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; Dustin Kidd, Assistant Professor, Sociology; and Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Tyler School of Art. This event is part of a series of collaborative public programs presented in conjunction with the Tyler School of Art’s Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts About Wolgin Prize Finalist Michael Rakowitz Based in Chicago and New York, Michael Rakowitz’s (b. 1973, New York) art practice is characterized by its exploration of and symbolic interventions with problematic urban situations, as well as endeavors to make visible other urgent moments of silence, invisibility, and marginality. In 1998, he initiated paraSITE, an ongoing project in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. Other recent projects include the public work, Return, presented by Creative Time in New York, and The invisible enemy should not exist. His work has been exhibited in venues worldwide including P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MASSMoCA, North Adams, MA; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; and biennials and triennials including the 16th Biennale of Sydney; the 10th Istanbul Biennial; Sharjah Biennial 8; the Tirana Biennale; the National Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt; and Transmediale 05. He also has been the recipient of a number of prestigious international artist grants and fellowships, and has had numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and art spaces through the U.S. and Europe, including a forthcoming show at the Tate Modern in London.

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