Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West


Based in Chicago, Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973) makes work that explores recent contested social, political, and cultural histories. Drawing on personal experiences and research on these subjects, as well as history and popular culture, Rakowitz creates illustrated objects, installations, and performances that invite viewers to contemplate their complicit relationship to the political world around them, recognizing that hospitality and hostility are interlinked.

Start Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017
End Date
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West

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