Alicja Kwade- two sister solo exhibits
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX: Alicja Kwade, Moving in Glances, solo exhibition | September 15 – December 12, 2019
Opening reception, September 14, 7:00-10:00 PM
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston MA: Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances | October 18, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Opening reception, October 17, 6:30 – 8:30PM
“[Kwade] activates an object as a material, often denying its primary meaning, to investigate principles found in the discourses of quantum mechanics, physics, and mathematics to create a new type of measurement—a visual theory to be experienced with the body.” – Melissa Bianca Amore for BOMB Magazine
Working primarily in sculpture and installation, Alicja Kwade explores structures of reality and perception of time and space, as well as systems of value, that determine how we perceive the world and decide what constitutes the real. She is best known for her sculptural works which use common, yet symbolically resonant, materials like rocks, lamps, and clocks. Typically working in a site-specific mode, viewers encounter these and other found objects transformed by Kwade to mysterious effect. Kwade’s alchemical treatment of familiar things complicate, and at times cast suspicion on our perceptual faculties. For the two exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Kwade will realize new sculptural commissions displayed alongside a focused selection of other recent work.
Alicja Kwade (b.1979, Poland, lives and works in Berlin) has had exhibition in museums worldwide including the latest, ParaPivot, The Roof Garden Commission, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, ParaParticular, at 303 Gallery, New York (2019), Copenhagen (2018); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2018); YUZ Museum, Shanghai (2017); and many others. In 2017, Kwade mounted a large-scale installation title WeltenLinie (One in a Time) as part of the 57th Venice Biennale exhibition. Her work is part of many public collections, such as Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland; and Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Poland.
Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances is organized by Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and supported by the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Fotene Demoulas & Tom Coté, Audrey & James Foster, Idee German-Schoenheimer, Joyce Linde, Cynthia & John Reed, and Terry & Rick Stone. In-kind media sponsorship provided by 90.9 WBUR.
Additional funding provided by VIA Art Fund and Deutschlandjahr USA | Year of German-American Friendship funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, and implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
Additional support for the List Center presentation of Alicja Kwade is generously provided by 303 Gallery, New York and König Galerie, Berlin and London.
General operating support is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Council for the Arts at MIT; Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost at MIT; the MIT School of Architecture + Planning; the Mass Cultural Council; and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.
Alicja Kwade: Moving in Glances exhibition in Dallas Contemporary is sponsored by Nancy C. + Richard R. Rogers; Education Sponsor: Neiman Marcus, Media Sponsor: Paper City; Supported by Joule, Roxor Artisan Gin, The Box Co., TACA, Tammy Cotton Hartnett, Carnegie Mellon University, TATUM Art Advisory, 303 Gallery, Conig Galerie, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
- Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11 AM – 12 PM Chit Chat with Alicja Kwade moderated by Adjunct Curator, Pedro Alonzo
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston, MA
• Friday, October 18, 2:00 PM “Visibility of Time” panel discussion including Alicja Kwade, Taylor Perron, and Jimena Canales and moderated by the exhibition curator, Henriette Huldisch
• Thursday, October 24, 6:30 PM Sarah Schwettman Graduate Student Talk – MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston
• Thursday, November 7, 7 PM Catalyst Conversations: An Iterative Conversation related to Kwade – Bartos Theatre, Boston
• Wednesday, November 6 or 13, 12:30 PM Sketch Session: Visualizing Time – MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston
• Thursday, November 21, 6:30 PM Ryan Ravanpak – Graduate Student Talk – MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston
• Wednesday, December 4, 12:30 PM Sketch Tour: Reflection and Reality – MIT List Visual Arts Center
• Friday, December 6, 12:30 PM Selby Nimrod -Gallery Talk: Materialisms in the work of Alicja Kwade- MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Located on the campus of MIT, the List Visual Arts Center is a creative laboratory that provides artists with a space to freely experiment and push existing boundaries.
As the contemporary art museum at MIT, the List Center presents a dynamic program of six to nine special exhibitions in its galleries annually, including a program of evolving site-specific work by emerging artists known as List Projects, as well as a broad range of educational programs, events, and scholarly publications.
Beyond the full slate of special exhibitions and projects it presents each year, the List Center maintains and adds to MIT’s permanent collection; commissions new works through the MIT Percent-for-Art program, a collection of more than 60 site-specific artworks throughout the campus; and oversees the Student Lending Art Program, which lends approximately 600 works of art annually to MIT undergraduate and graduate students.
Originally named the Hayden Gallery, MIT established this center for the visual arts in 1950 to provide a dedicated structure upon which to build the institute’s existing relationship to the arts. It was renamed the List Visual Arts Center in 1985 in recognition of a gift from Vera and Albert List, and relocated to its current, expanded location in the Wiesner Building, which was designed by MIT Alumnus I. M. Pei (B.S. Architecture, 1940) and Partners Architects.
Situated within the heart of the city’s burgeoning Design District, Dallas Contemporary is a non-profit, non-collecting museum modeled after a traditional kunsthalle. The institution’s programming focuses on exhibiting both new and recognized multidisciplinary works by emerging and established local and international artists, as well as commissioning site-specific works. Such presentations are further enhanced by the institution’s setting within a 37,000 square-foot industrial building, providing a wholly unique context for each individual exhibition.
Dallas Contemporary is one of two bilingual contemporary art institutions in the United States, with a strong focus on expanding audience engagement through temporary exhibitions, artist lectures, and extensive educational initiatives. Dallas Contemporary’s dynamic curatorial team is comprised of Laurie Ann Farrell, Pedro Alonzo, Emily Edwards, and Alison Gingeras. With Executive Director Peter Doroshenko at the helm, each of the curatorial staff employs their respective areas of research—including feminist theory, street art, memorialization, issues relating to diaspora, and various forms of labor, among others—to form a compelling and interrelational exhibition programme that engenders urgent conversations both within art discourses as well as contemporary issues at large. www.dallascontemporary.org