Michael Rakowitz, an Iraqi-American conceptual artist operating within art spaces and beyond, creates projects that often expose and challenge U.S. – Middle Eastern cultural and political relations. For "Return," a 2004 Creative Time project, Rakowitz reopened his grandfather’s import/export business, Davison’s & Co., and offered free shipping to Iraq three months after the U.S. declared stifling trade restrictions on the country. "The Breakup" (2010-ongoing) conflates the division of the iconic band The Beatles with the diplomatic breakdown surrounding the Six Day War. Commissioned by Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, and expanded into sound, collage, and sculpture installation, The Breakup questions the efficacy and essence of human and diplomatic relationships and the possibility of repairing torn connections.

Michael Rakowitz received his BFA from Purchase College, SUNY, and his MA in Visual Studies from MIT. He is Professor in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Chicago, and has exhibited at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2000–01), 16th Sydney Biennial, Australia (2008), SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada (2009), Tate Modern, London (2010), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012), dOCUMENTA(13), Museum of Contemporary Art- Chicago (2013-14), and others. He is represented in Chicago by Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

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1/11/2014 - 2/22/2014
The Breakup
5/19/2016 - 8/13/2016
The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours

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