Ellen Rothenberg @ Spertus Institute

Opening February 1, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening on February 1, 2018, Spertus Institute presents a new, commissioned, site-specific installation by Chicago-based artist Ellen Rothenberg.

Rothenberg prompts visitors to consider connections between past and contemporary issues of migration. The project is inspired by objects and documents Rothenberg uncovered in the Spertus collection — as well as research she pursued in Berlin at Germany’s largest refugee camp, housed in the monumental Tempelhof Airport, a disused site that was designed and built by the Nazis.
 
Tempelhof’s building is a legally protected historic monument with strict regulations that dictate the physical forms of the interior camp spaces. No alterations can be made that will permanently affect the building, leaving the entire camp to exist in a state that Rothenberg describes as “permanently ephemeral.” Rothenberg critically approaches the temporality of this site in reference to global issues of migration.
 
Rothenberg’s installations and public projects often employ the iconography of social movements, using archival documents to examine the mechanisms underlying contemporary political engagement. Her work — architecturally scaled installations, public projects, performance, collaborations, and writing — uncovers histories embedded in the present, adding layers of meaning beyond the conventions of historical objects.
 
Find out more about the exhibtion, the opening, and the Spertus Institute at the link below.