Pamela Bannos's installation at the entrance to The Way of the Shovel exhibition: November 9 - March 9, 2014
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's exhibition, The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, was organized by Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete. Spurred by Roelstraete's 2009 essay, The Way of the Shovel: On the Archaeological Imaginary in Art, in the online journal, e-flux, the exhibition presents the work of 34 artists from eleven countries.
From the exhibition brochure:
The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology explores the role of historical research in art of the last decade, using archaeology as a metaphor for the various ways artists look closely at the past.
Although concentrated most heavily in Europe, this practice has grown to a broader, international and inter-generational scope. The thirty-four artists represented in this show share an interest in studying the past - in digging it up, so to speak. Some of them literally dig for material traces, while others comb through archives and conduct other types of research, translating their findings into photographs, films, sculptures, installations, and other forms. In many cases, the artworks become a means to reevaluate historical events or present unwritten histories, often infused with politics, memory, or questions of truthfulness.
The artists in the exhibition:
Mariana Castillo Deball
LaToya Ruby Frazier
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