Magazine article Sculpture

MIT List Visual Arts Center

Magazine article Sculpture

MIT List Visual Arts Center

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

Edgar Arceneaux

Through Ianuary 8, 2017

Working in installation, sculpture, drawing, photography, and video, Arceneaux uses a wide range of sources-American history, astronomy, science fiction, architecture, music, and movies-to investigate historical patterns (both erasures and connections) and the fleeting present. For him, all modes of inquiry and systems of knowledge are contingent: there is no singular history, only overlapping fragments of histories. "Written in Smoke and Fire" explores these themes in depth with three major, interlocking projects. A Book and a Medal (2014), inspired in part by the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., connects 1960s history with the landscape of contemporary, post-industrial American cities. The Library of Black Lies (2016) constructs a labyrinthine, Borgesian repository to house "variations" on important books, including volumes by prominent African American thinkers. …

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