Artist

Michael Rakowitz

Born in New York, 1973 and lives in Chicago, USA

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Michael Rakowitz: April is the Cruellest Month
The site-specific sculpture is part of a series of off-site art commissions by Turner Contemporary
01 May 2021 - 14 Nov 2021
Turner Contemporary
London
Exhibitions
Our World is Burning
A group exhibition on the climate consequences of fire on our planet from a singular perspective.
21 Feb 2020 - 17 May 2020
Palais de Tokyo
Paris
Exhibitions
Michael Rakowitz

A major survey of work by the renowned Iraqi-American artist, organised in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery and Castello di Rivoli.
11 Mar 2020 - 08 Aug 2020
Jameel Arts Centre
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
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