Department of Art hosts Michael Rakowitz with support from North Carolina Humanities grant

Artwork by Michael Rakowitz

The invisible enemy should not exist (Northwest Palace of Nimrud), Room F
2018 – ongoing
Arabic newspapers, food packaging, cardboard relief sculptures on wood panel, museum labels

Appalachian State University is thrilled to announce a captivating public lecture by the world-renowned artist, scholar, and activist Michael Rakowitz on April 23, 2024, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the I.G. Greer Auditorium. This free event, part of Rakowitz’s three-day residency in the Department of Art, promises to be a landmark occasion that invites the community into a profound exploration of cultural diversity, international perspectives, and pressing global issues.

Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York, US) lives and works in Chicago. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including at Documenta (13), Kassel; the 16th Sydney Biennial; the 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennials; the 8th, 14th, and 15th Sharjah Biennials; the Cleveland Triennial; Kiasma, Helsinki; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; MoMA, New York; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. He has had solo exhibitions at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Frac Lorraine, Metz; Malmo Konsthall; Tate Modern, London; MCA, Chicago, among others. From 2019-2020, a survey of Rakowitz's work traveled from Whitechapel Gallery in London to Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea in Turin, to the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai. He is the recipient of the 2020 Nasher Prize; the 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts; a 2012 Tiffany Foundation Award; a 2007 Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award; and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. Rakowitz was awarded the 2018-2020 Fourth Plinth Commission in London's Trafalgar Square.

“Hosting Michael Rakowitz allows us to deepen connections in North Carolina communities by exploring cultural diversity through international knowledge, perspectives, and viewpoints. Western North Carolinians can be part of international issues and debates as Michael’s profound work is at the intersection of problem-solving and troublemaking and interrogates the damages caused by long-term political conflict and colonialism through the lens of the visual arts,” said Dr. Erin Peters, Assistant Professor of Art & Visual Culture.

Rakowitz’s public lecture is part of his three-day residency as a visiting artist-scholar in the Department of Art. Created by the Art & Visual Culture program in collaboration with the Honors College, Rakowitz will visit classes; talk with faculty, staff, and students; and will be a respondent in the “Ancient Art & Visual Culture in Contemporary Contexts” roundtable discussion created by honors students and guest scholars in ARH 4515 + HON 3515 on Wednesday April 24 2-3:15 pm in TCVA 1102. Free and open to all.

Public Events

April 23: Artist Lecture by Michael Rakowitz, 6:30 PM, I.G. Greer Auditorium, Appalachian State University, 401 Academy Street Boone, North Carolina 28608

April 24: Ancient Art & Visual Culture in Contemporary Contexts roundtable discussion, 2:00 to 3:15 PM, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts room 1102, Appalachian State University, 423 West King Street, Boone, NC 28608

Public parking is available in the Rivers Street Parking Deck and in downtown Boone.

The Department of Art thanks our supporters the Smith Gallery, the Office of Diversity, the Honors College, and North Carolina Humanities. The Department of Art received a grant from North Carolina Humanities to support Rakowitz’s public lecture. North Carolina Humanities is a statewide nonprofit and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Join us for this enlightening experience as we welcome Michael Rakowitz to Appalachian State University.