Michael Rakowitz: Recipes, Finished and Unfinished

18-19 November 2019
SAVAC 401 Richmond Street W. Toronto, ON

RSAVAC is pleased to invite you to a three-part program Recipes, Finished and Unfinished with artist Michael Rakowitz, to be held on 18-19 November 2019. In his multidisciplinary artistic practice, Rakowitz meticulously unfolds finished and unfinished narratives. His works, often beginning with family histories shaped by repeated displacements, tunes into the places, people and things that he holds close. Rakowitz reconciles desire and politics – asking tough questions about the role of ethics and integrity in art-making. The program opens with Rakowitz presenting a selection of his film projects. In conversation with Toronto-based artists and educators, Rakowitz will share his food-based methodologies and discuss institutional forms and formulas at the next iteration of Post-colonial Hot Ones. To round off the program, SAVAC is scheduling studio visits with Rakowitz for emerging artists in Toronto.  

Recent Works by Michael Rakowitz
A presentation of two films by Michael Rakowitz, followed by an extended discussion with John Greyson

Co-presented with Images Festival and Pleasure Dome
Monday 18 November 2019 at 6:30pm
Bachir-Yerex Presentation Space (4th floor)
401 Richmond St. W.Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Michael Rakowitz, an artist living and working in Chicago presents recent work, finished and unfinished. Both films are meditations on ventriloquy, surrogates, and solidarity, as seen through the lens of music and museoleogy. Following the screening of the works, Michael Rakowitz will be in conversation with filmmaker and educator John Greyson. Limited seats available, please arrive early.

Post-colonial Hot Ones #2
Community dinner with interventions by Michael Rakowitz and other artists.

Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 6:30pm
The Commons (4th floor)
401 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Post-Colonial Hot-Ones is a panel series centered around sharing meals, ideas, and experiences by community members and artists. The second installment of this series will focus on institutional accountability (critique), sustainability (resilience), and transparency (censorship). These discussions will evolve by sharing communal knowledge, stories, cultural practices and recipes for dishes/sauces. The event will include participation from Michael Rakowitz and a number of Toronto-based artists, and unfolds as a series of talks/presentations by these artists/educators who will each cook a meal to share with audiences. This iteration is presented in collaboration between SAVAC and OCAD University: Faculty of Graduate Studies, Office of Research & Innovation, and Public Visualization Lab.

Studio Visits with Michael Rakowitz
Sessions for Emerging Artists

Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
SAVAC (4th floor)
401 Richmond St. W. Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

SAVAC is organizing individual critique session with artist Michael Rakowitz for emerging artists. There are four one-hour sessions available for artists to discuss their practice and get feedback on current projects. Artists working in all disciplines are welcome. If you would like to book a session with Rakowitz, please email your portfolio and a short description of your on-going projects to Artistic Director Toleen Touq (toleen@savac.net) by 5pm on Tuesday 12 November 2019.

Michael Rakowitz is an artist living and working in Chicago. 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 and 14th Istanbul Biennials, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo projects and exhibitions with Creative Time, Tate Modern in London, MCA Chicago, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Kunstraum Innsbruck. He is the recipient of the 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts; 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. He was awarded the Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square, on view through 2020. A traveling survey of his work premiered at Whitechapel Gallery in London  in June 2019, and is currently on view  at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Torino, Italy. It will travel to the Jameel Art Centre in Dubai in 2020. Rakowitz was recently named the 2020 Nasher Sculpture Prize Laureate and is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.

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