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The University of Arizona School of Art Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, 2017-2018
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Wafaa Bilal  
September 21, 2017, 1:30 PM
Crowder Hall, UA Music Bldg. Rm. 130

Alfredo Jaar  
September 21, 2017, 5:00
UA Center for Creative Photography 108

Jordana Moore Saggese   
October 5, 2017, 5:30pm
UA Center for Creative Photography, Rm. 108

Andres L. Hernandez   
November 14, 2017, 5:30pm
UA Center for Creative Photography, Rm. 108

Michael Rakowitz   
February 8, 2018, 6:00pm
UA Center for Creative Photography, Rm. 108

WENDY RED STAR   
March 1, 2018, 5:30pm
UA Center for Creative Photography, Rm. 108

Michael Rakowitz
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:00 PM  |  UA Center for Creative Photography Rm. 108
Lecture: TBD



Michael Rakowitz, para-SITE, 1998- ongoing, courtesy of the artist’s website

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz’s para-SITE project is an ongoing series of custom-built inflatable shelters designed for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. The warm air leaving the building simultaneously inflates and heats the double membrane structure. The shelters were built and distributed to homeless people in Boston and Cambridge, MA and New York City.

Bio: Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist living and working in Chicago. In 1998 he initiated paraSITE, an ongoing project in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in Torino, and Kunstraum Innsbruck. His public project, Return, was presented by Creative Time in New York in 2006. He is the recipient of a 2012 Tiffany Foundation Award; a 2008 Creative Capital Grant; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. His work features in major private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Endhoven, Netherlands; The British Museum; Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan; and UNESCO, Paris.

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