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Memory Palace

September 12, 2014 through February 22, 2015

Memory Palace
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artist(s)Franz Ackermann, Michael Ashkin, Louise Bourgeois, Peter Crnokrak, Stan Douglas, Simon Evans, Spencer Finch, MK Guth, Sarah Francis Hollis, Nina Katchadourian, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Pam Kravetz, Guillermo Kuitca, Oscar Muñoz, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Hans Op de Beeck, Dennis Oppenheim, Walid Raad, Katrin Sigurdardottir, Robert Smithson, Andro Wekua, Mike Womack

The “Memory Palace” is a Greco-Roman technique that prompts its user to remember by populating imagined architectures with a sequential path of memories. By coupling physical and psychological structure, this subjective apparatus turns recollections, impressions and remembrances into the bricks and mortar of a mental dwelling. As one subsequently walks the mind through this fictive floorplan, he/she theoretically reconnects floating parcels into a single, unified tapestry. In practice, such passage reveals the dramatic renovation human memory performs upon history – transforming past events into personal narratives.

On the occasion of the CAC’s 75th anniversary this exhibition will present memory as soft, malleable clay. Rather than galvanizing history or renewing the supposed fixity of facts, Memory Palace will instead revel in remembering as a creative act: highlighting the way our recollections shift actual histories into imperfect, but quintessentially human legacies.

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