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Michael Rakowitz (sold out)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday 17 October 2018

Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom, 2018. Contributor: AC Manley / Alamy Stock Photo

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Abstract: Michael Rakowitz will speak on several projects spanning the past 20 years that engage with issues of displacement, disappearance, and reappearance.


‘Art should demand the right to be dangerous, weird and impolite; I don’t think artists have a responsibility except to stay true to that impetus.’ *

Iraqi-American interdisciplinary artist Michael Rakowitz’s architecture-focussed works interrogate the contested history of objects and antiquities in conflict zones such as the Middle East, and the fate of art during war. A key focus is the reconstitution of lost or looted cultural artifacts and practices, such as in the ongoing series The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (2007), and the highly acclaimed Lamassu on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, constructed from over 10,000 cans of Iraqi date syrup to replicate the 2,700 years-old winged bull sculpture which was destroyed by Islamic State in 2015.

Michael Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Chicago. His work features in major private and public collections worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; The British Museum, London; Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan; and UNESCO, Paris. Rakowitz has received numerous international awards, including the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (2018), and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2012).

* Michael Rakowitz interview with Evan Moffitt, Frieze: Enemy Territory, March 2018.


Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Presenting Partner the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).



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Paid event $40. This ticket covers the Michael Rakowitz keynote and Art and Architecture session. This event is booked through Eventbrite.

Michael Rakowitz (sold out)
Wednesday 17 October 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
MAAS 500 Harris Street Ultimo


Michael Rakowitz

Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist living and working in Chicago. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennials, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in Torino, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Kunstraum Innsbruck. His public project, Return, was presented by Creative Time in New York in 2006. He is the recipient of a 2012 Tiffany Foundation Award; a 2008 Creative Capital Grant; 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. His work features in major private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Endhoven, Netherlands; The British Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan; and UNESCO, Paris. His first US museum survey, titled Backstroke of the West, opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in September 2017. He has also been awarded the Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square which was unveiled this spring. Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.



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