Cambridge

Cambridge

ALICJA KWADE

MIT List Visual Arts Center
20 Ames Street E15
October 18, 2019–January 5, 2020

Curated by Henriette Huldisch

Alicja Kwade’s confounding sculptures challenge perceived realities and destabilize systems of measurement and value, unsettling viewers with mirrors and sculpted facsimiles that appear to transform objects and materials before our eyes. Though compact, the List Center’s survey will be the most comprehensive exhibition yet in the US for the Polish-born, Berlin-based artist. In addition to debuting two new sculptures, it will feature roughly a dozen works from the past four years, including, in a nearby plaza, a new version of Against the Run, 2015, a twitchy street clock that appears to proceed backward yet tells accurate time. The catalogue—published with Dallas Contemporary, the host of a concurrent exhibition of Kwade’s work—will contain an essay by Jimena Canales, a historian of science and philosophy. Kwade herself draws inspiration equally from the empirical and from the speculative, making MIT a fitting venue for her probing works.