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Artist Talk: Counter-Histories with Michael Rakowitz

Internationally acclaimed artist and Art, Theory, and Practice faculty member Michael Rakowitz explores culture as it is embodied in artifacts. In projects ranging from a recreation of the Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon to selling dates in an NYC storefront, he has used both food and material fragments to recreate and reimagine cultural and personal histories, particularly related to his Iraqi-Jewish cultural heritage. Drawing upon his own artistic practice and the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Rakowitz considers cultural loss and removal as well as counter-histories and narratives in artistic practice. He is joined in conversation by Kiersten Neumann, Curator at the Oriental Institute and Ann Gunter, Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities, whose work addresses the visual and material culture of the ancient Near East and its Eastern Mediterranean neighbors.

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Even more, [Caravans of Gold] subtly raises up the entire African continent, which becomes through this retelling, a force of profound socioeconomic change at the global level. As their handout highlights: 'Journey to a medieval world with Africa at its center.'”
Seph Rodney, March 15, 2019

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