previews

New York

Walid Raad

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
October 12 - January 31

Curated by Eva Respini

The heart of Walid Raad’s first major museum survey in the US is neither a sly series of photographs nor a lo-fi video slipping between fact and fiction, but rather a theatrical stage set, built into MoMA’s vast atrium. There, Raad is scheduled to perform Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: Walkthrough, 2013, more than seventy times in total. Originally commissioned for Documenta 13, Walkthrough is the linchpin of a long-term project that explores the institutions and infrastructures of contemporary art in the Arab world. Raad’s first was, of course, the Atlas Group, the imagined foundation that investigated history and memory in Lebanon. The strength of this smartly contextualizing exhibition lies in stitching these two bodies of works together so that the seams bind the continuities in Raad’s practice while allowing for the departures and diversions that its tangle of art and politics inevitably takes. Travels to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Feb. 24–May 30, 2016; Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Oct. 13, 2016–Jan. 14, 2017.