Tag Archives: Whitney Biennial 2019

MICHAEL RAKOWITZ

Artist and professor Michael Rakowitz—whose work focuses on “singular subjects as literal and symbolic embodiments of the history of Iraq, its diaspora, and the broader Middle East”—recently seceded from the Whitney Biennial in light of the museum’s decision to appoint and defend a tear gas manufacturer as its vice chairman.

Redcat presents Rakowitz’s first Los Angeles exhibition—DISPUTE BETWEEN THE TAMARISK AND THE DATE PALM—in their gallery.

MICHAEL RAKOWITZ—DISPUTE BETWEEN THE TAMARISK AND THE DATE PALM

Through June 2.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Michael RakowitzReturn, 2004-ongoing, mixed media installation view, Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the WestMCA Chicago, 2017–18, photograph by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago; Michael Rakowitz, Minaret, performance, 2001–ongoing, mosque alarm clock, megaphone, image courtesy the artist.

PULLING OUT OF THE WHITNEY

In protest against the Whitney’s refusal to disassociate from Warren Kanders —the vice chairman of the museum’s board and the owner of Safariland, a manufacturer of tear gas cannisters and smoke grenades that were used against asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border this past November—W.A.G.E. is urging artists to withdraw their work from the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

See Working Artists and the Greater Economy and Decolonize This Place.

From top: Safariland tear gas found at the border and Whitney director Adam Weinberg, 2018, poster; Decolonize this Place, W.A.G.E. and Chinatown Art Brigade protest invitation, 2019. Images courtesy Decolonize this Place, W.A.G.E. and Chinatown Art Brigade.