Closing event in the frame of the exhibition Michael Rakowitz Imperfect Binding at Castello di Rivoli
January 18, 2020, From 6.00 till 7.00
Sala Gioco, Circolo dei Lettori, Via Bogino 9, Torino
On the occasion of Michael Rakowitz. Imperfect Binding, drafted by Iwona Blazwick, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marianna Vecellio, the first survey exhibition in Italy featuring Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz (New York, 1973), winner of the prestigious Nasher Prize 2020, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea presents a closing conference led by art critic and art historian Lori Waxman (Montreal, 1976).
Following the story of their life and sharing experiences, Lori Waxman traces an intimate biography of her husband Michael Rakowitz, painting an original portrait of the artist. Waxman takes the audience on a journey made of daily routine, obsessions, and research, which shape Rakowitz’s personality and artistic vision.
Lori Waxman will give a talk in the only way that an art critic can about her artist husband’s artwork: casually and personally and a bit messily. Topics she will discuss include their first meeting, the way they have influenced each other’s professional practices, art life with two children Renée and Jude, their family experience of d13, and the way that the unexpected occurrences of their shared lives have impacted their work.
Free access subject to availability.
Lori Waxman is art critic and columnist for Chicago Tribune; she is Senior Lecturer in Art History, Theory, and Criticism & New Art Journalism at School of the Art Institute of Chicago; her texts has been published on 4Columns, Momus, Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, New Art Examiner, Tema Celeste e Parachute, amongst others. In 2017, Sternberg Press Berlin published her book Keep Walking Intently. The Ambulatory Art of the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus. On the occasion of her book launch, a few guest artists presented their performances inspired by her work at Graham Foundation, Chicago, in the frame of NY Art Book Fair. In 2018, she has been awarded the Rabkin Foundation Award. Since 2005, Lori Waxman has conducted a work of performance art about art criticism entitled the 60-wrd/min art critic. Through this ongoing performance she has provided brief written reviews to visual artists in various geographical locations, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Michael Rakowitz is an artist who lives and works in Chicago. In 1998 he started paraSITE, a project in which he builds inflatable shelters for the homeless that connect to the external air intakes of a heating, ventilation or air conditioning system of a building. His works have been presented in various international contexts including dOCUMENTA(13); PS1; MoMA, MassMOCA; Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea; 16th Sydney Biennial; 10th Istanbul Biennial; 8 Sharjah Biennial; Tirana Biennial; National Design Triennial at Cooper-Hewitt and Transmediale 05. He held solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London; Lombard Freid Gallery, New York; Alberto Peola Contemporary Art, Turin and Kunstraum, Innsbruck. His public project, Return, was presented by Creative Time in New York in 2006. Among the awards received: Nasher Prize, 2020; Tiffany Foundation Award, 2012; Award for Creative Capital, 2008; Jury Prize, Sharjah Biennial; Scholarship for Architecture and Environmental Structures, New York Foundation for the Arts, 2006; Dena Foundation Award, 2003 and Grand Prix Design 21, UNESCO, 2002. His works are present in important private and public collections including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; British Museum, London; Kabul National Museum, Kabul and UNESCO, Paris.