Goshka Macuga. Photo: Blaze J. Zulawski
Join us for a special conversation between artist Goshka Macuga and Margot Norton, Associate Curator at the New Museum. The pair will discuss “Goshka Macuga: Time as Fabric,” the first New York museum exhibition of work by the London-based artist, which will be presented at the New Museum. Macuga and Norton will use this presentation—which brings together a selection of the artist’s recent projects, including five of her tapestries and a theatrical environment—as an opportunity to discuss some of the persistent concerns of her work to date.
Macuga’s practice typically applies in-depth historical and archival research to an interest in the evolving relationships among artists, institutions, politics, and communities. Her works investigate how art can be used to voice current concerns, rouse public debate, and inspire social change. Within her images and installations, she unearths associations between different actors (people, objects, and sites), which, in many cases, problematize the ways that different organizations engage their publics and are shaped by socioeconomic and cultural developments. Throughout her career, Macuga’s work has embraced diverse mediums including sculpture, installation, architecture, and design. The content and format of her projects are often determined by the specific institutional contexts in which her work is shown.
About the Artist
Goshka Macuga was born in 1967 in Warsaw, Poland, and lives and works in London. Her solo exhibitions include “To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll” at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016); “Public Address: Goshka Macuga Tapestries” at Lunds konsthall, Lund, Sweden (2014); “Exhibit, A” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012); “Untitled” at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2011); “It Broke from Within” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2011); “The Nature of the Beast” at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); and “I am Become Death” at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009). Macuga’s work was recently included in the 8th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2014); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany, and Kabul, Afghanistan (2012); and “Fare Mondi/Making Worlds,” the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Macuga was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008.