Invisible Cities


Diana Al-Hadid Gradiva, Fourth Wall, 2011, installed at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas Materials: steel, polymer gypsum, wood, fiberglass and paint

MASS MoCA North Adams, Massachusetts USA
Titled after Italo Calvino's beloved book - which imagines Marco Polo's vivid descriptions of numerous cities of a fading empire to Kublai Khan - the exhibition features the work of 10 diverse artists who re-imagine urban landscapes both familiar and fantastical. Like Marco Polo's poetic imagery, which leaves the reader wondering if the cities he describes are real or perhaps all different versions of his own Venetian home, the works in the show explore how our perceptions of place are shaped by personal influences as diverse as memory, desire, and loss, as well as by cultural forces such as history and the media.