Michael Rakowitz initiated, in 1998, 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.  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. Enemy Kitchen (2003-ongoing) is a food truck serving Iraqi food to Chicago’s hungry public, staffed by veterans of the Iraq War working under Iraqi refugee chefs. Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.

Michael Rakowitz
New York, 1973

Past Exhibitions

Solo Shows

Fourth Plinth Commission, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, US
I’m good at love, I’m good at hate, it’s in between I freeze (performance and film), commissioned by Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal with support from Creative Capital (upcoming Nov.) Radio Silence, launching July 29, 2017

The Flesh is Yours, The Bones Are Ours, The Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL, US Michael Rakowitz: The Flesh is Yours, The Bones Are Ours, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, US
Michael Rakowitz: The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, Barbara Wien Gallery and Art Bookshop, Berlin, Germany
Michael Rakowitz: The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, Mason Hall Atrium Gallery, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, US

In Search of Matisse, Henie Onstad Art Museum, Oslo, Norway
The Flesh is Yours, The Bones are Ours, The Galata Greek School, The 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, US
Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, US
BAK (Basis Voor Actuele Kunst), Utrecht Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
The Breakup, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, US
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

The Breakup, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, NY, US

Group Shows

Re-Tracing Knowledge Structures, curated by William Stover and Melissa Bianca Amore, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY, US
Third Space/Shifting: Conversations about Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, US
Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition, The National Gallery, London, UK
Rhona Hoffman 40 Years Part 3: Political, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, US

Rhona Hoffman 40 Years Part 1, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, US
Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, MoMA, New York, NY, US How Soon Is Now?, KINDL, Berlin, Germany

Zone of Contention: The Middle East, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, US

A Proximity of Consciousness, Sullivan Galleries, School at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan

Contacts & Details

City of birth: New York Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1973 Lives in: Chicago, USA
Studio: 5836 North Wayne Avenue
60660, Chicago, USA
W: Michael Rakowitz M: michael.rakowitz@gmail.com T: 917.692.5592