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An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art

19 May - 16 June
Organized by: MIT
Venue: MIT List Visual Arts Center
20 Ames St
Cambridge, MA

An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art brings together a group of twelve international artists to examine the recent multidisciplinary turn towards affect by focusing on art works that explore how bodies are shaped, modified, or affected by the intensity of their interaction. Many contemporary artists engage with modes of address and content that is tethered to affect, yet at the same eschew sentimentality and expressivity. The exhibition presents works that variously investigate our intimate relationships with objects; works that act as vehicles for affective engagement or transactions of desire, including objects that carry the traces of things we can’t see but have to trust, intuit, or perceive in ways that are not related to vision or hearing; and works that are engaged with actions of interpersonal care, trust, intimacy, or love.

Artists included are Andrea Büttner, Sophie Calle, Alejandro Cesarco, Jason Dodge, Antonia Hirsch, Félix González-Torres, Jill Magid, Park McArthur, Lisa Tan, Erika Vogt, Susanne Winterling, and Anicka Yi.



image: Lisa Tan - Waves