Goshka Macuga: Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not, 2

December 13, 2012 – January 13, 2013

Goshka Macuga installation view

In collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art presents a vast (approximately 11 x 38 feet) tapestry by London-based Polish artist Goshka Macuga.

Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not is a two-part work commissioned for the recent dOCUMENTA (13). It is comprised of two photo-based black-and-white tapestries that are to be exhibited simultaneously but never together in the same place. Part 1, originally shown in Kassel, Germany and presented at the MCA as part of the survey Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A (December 15, 2012 to April 7, 2013), depicts a diverse crowd of Afghans and Westerners in front of Darul Aman Palace outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. Part 2, originally exhibited in Kabul, and on view in the Smart's reception hall, shows an art-world crowd and protesters gathering outside of the Orangerie in Kassel. Both scenes are conceived as complementary halves of an elusive truth.

This is the first time the diptych will be shown in separate art institutions within one city; the exhibition at the MCA marks the artist’s first museum survey in the United States.

Curator

Organized by Dieter Roelstraete, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, with the Smart's presentation overseen by Stephanie Smith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Smart Museum of Art.

Above: Installation view of Goshka Macuga, Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not, 2, 2012, Courtesy of Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate McGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich. Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with the support of the Fiorucci Art trust, London, and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London.
 
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Free public programs

  • **Cancelled**
    Thursday, December 13, 4 pm
    Curator Talk
    Smart Museum of Art
    Due to a customs delay, this talk with MCA curator Dieter Roelstraete and artist Goshka Macuga has been cancelled.
  • Sunday, January 13, 2 pm
    Curator Talk
    Smart Museum of Art
    Join MCA curator Dieter Roelstraete and Smart curator Stephanie Smith for an informal discussion about Goshka Macuga's work.

In Chicago

  • From December 15, 2012 to April 7, 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the Exhibit, A, the first survey of Goshka Macuga's work.
  • Saturday, December 15, 3 pm
    Gallery Talk: Goshka Macuga
    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A, artist Macuga and curator Dieter Roelstraete give an in-gallery talk at the MCA.

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