Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler

MIT List Visual Arts Center

The decade-long creative partnership of Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, which was cut short by Ericson’s death in 1995, resulted in a substantial body of public projects, site-specific installations, and mixed-media sculptures, all marked by a keen social conscience, an idiosyncratic wit, and a cool, Minimalist-inspired aesthetic. With twenty carefully selected works, including models, plans, and documentary slide shows, their recent retrospective paid tribute to the duo’s facility for poetically decoding the hidden agendas of a hypercapitalist nation.

The show takes its title, “America Starts Here,” from an expansive architectonic wall installation completed in 1988, itself named for Pennsylvania’s official tourist slogan. The work consists of 105 broken panes of glass and fiberglass replacement panels, salvaged from the derelict National Licorice Factory in downtown Philadelphia. The artists

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