All Boxed In

Holocaust Memorial

I first saw Rachel Whitehead’s work in the Carnegie International. They were dressers filled with concrete- very heavy- very powerful. She also did a Holocaust Memorial, a brutally stark inverted concrete library, as a lifeless box with no doors, handles or hinges. The outside surface is library shelves turned inside out, spines of the books facing inward and invisible, leaving the content of the books unknown.

A new exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Berlin features a very different kind of box where a Jew will sit inside for two hours every day, answering questions. The exhibit The Whole Truth, everything you wanted to know about Jews hopes to help educate postwar generations about Jews and Jewish life. The base of the box asks: Are there still Jews in Germany?

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At the same time, actress, Tilda Swinton has been randomly sleeping for entire day in a box at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Her exhibit The Maybe is a collaboration with installation artist Cornelia Parker whose work transforms ordinary objects into something compelling and contemplative.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Jew in a box. Kinda genius.

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