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  • Thomas Hirschhorn

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
    25 Harbor Shore Drive
    September 21–January 16

    Curated by Nicholas Baume and Ralph Rugoff

    Thomas Hirschhorn is best known for works that not only challenge the institution of art, but take place outside its confines. His 2002 Bataille Monument, for example, famously sent spectators to a working-class neighborhood far from Documenta 11’s tourist-friendly complex. By contrast, Hirschhorn’s American venues—galleries and museums—appear decidedly mainstream. Still, his approach remains as context-sensitive as ever, albeit in more geopolitical terms. Titled Utopia, Utopia = One World, One War, One Army, One Dress, Hirschhorn’s latest project promises a sly, sartorially minded send-up of America’s campaign to put “freedom on the march.”

    Travels to the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, Mar. 15–May 13, 2006.