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Gallery Talk

Gallery Talk

ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm


This event is free but reservations are requested.

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In conjunction with ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant, join artist Ellen Rothenberg and curator Ionit Behar for an informal gallery talk about Rothenberg's inspirations, processes, and decisions for exhibition.

Spertus Institute has commissioned a site-specific installation by internationally-acclaimed, Chicago-based artist Ellen Rothenberg. Entitled ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant, it will be on view in the Institute’s Ground Level Gallery through April 22, 2018. With this work, Rothenberg prompts visitors to consider connections between past and contemporary issues of migration. The project is inspired by objects and documents that Rothenberg uncovered in the Spertus collection — as well as research she pursued in Berlin at Germany’s largest refugee camp, currently housed in the monumental Tempelhof Airport, a disused site that was originally designed and built by the Nazis.


Rothenberg’s installations and public projects often employ the iconography of social movements, using archival documents to examine the mechanisms underlying contemporary political engagement. Her work — architecturally scaled installations, public projects, performance, collaborations, and writing — uncovers histories embedded in the present, adding layers of meaning beyond the conventions of historical objects.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the
Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Image at left

Commemorative coin. Spertus Institute Archives.

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Special thanks to Spertus staff: Tom Gengler, Kathy Bloch, Betsy Gomberg, Tracy Kostenbader, Nicholas Sagan, Michael Miller, Mark Akgulian, Phil Thompson, Andreas Sosnowski, Chris Bales, Barry Kafka, Nathan Braunfeld, and Thomas Szolwinski.


All images by Ellen Rothenberg. Top image: Spertus Institute Collection Archival Document by Nicholas Sagan. Lower image: At Tempelhof, Berlin.

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