Design of the catalogue and of several components for the exhibition “The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin” at the Jewish Museum in New York, in collaboration with Prem Krishnamurthy of Project Projects. The exhibition presents a collection of contemporary artworks seen through the lens of Walter Benjamin’s monumental book “The Arcades Project”. The works are tightly arranged in the exhibition space and reminisce of the disposition of objects one would find in a Parisian arcade in the 1930’s. Paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos are seen in the exhibition as if flipping through the unbound pages of Benjamin’s unfinished manuscript in which chapters were named “convolutes”. The Convolutes are not arranged in the alphabetical order one might expect when entering the space. The exhibition reveals more as it slowly unfolds with the reading of wall texts that annotations from Kenneth Goldsmith and archival material offered by the Walter Benjamin Archives in Berlin. The exhibition is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum, assisted by Shira Backer, Leon Levy Curatorial Associate, The Jewish Museum.

 

“The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin”, Jens Hoffmann, Caroline A. Jones, Vito Manolo Roma, Kenneth Goldsmith, published by the Jewish Museum and Yale University Press, printed in Belgium by Die Keure, softcover, 7.2 × 11 inches, 120 pages + 16 pages hidden graphic novel, 1500 copies + 400 copies reprint, New York, USA, 2017. Project initiated in June 2016. Available here.