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“Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances” On View at MIT’s List Center

October 11, 2019

© Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances is a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade debuting this fall at the List Visual Arts Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, Kwade explores structures of reality, such as time and space, as well as systems of value that determine how we perceive the world and decide what constitutes the real.

Kwade 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 the artist to mysterious effect. Her alchemical treatment of familiar things complicates, and at times casts suspicion on, our perceptual faculties. For example, in pieces like the one pictured, roadside pebbles are cut and polished like precious gems.

Kwade strategically blurs received distinctions between past and present, fact and fiction, and high and low value. In doing so, her works reveal a persistent inquiry into the scientific, economic, and narrative principles that structure how we understand and interpret the world around us.

Together with a concurrent sister exhibition of Kwade’s work at Dallas Contemporary, the List Center presentation will comprise Kwade’s largest US museum exhibition to date. The exhibit will be on view October 18, 2019–January 5, 2019. Find more information here.

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