The conceptual leaping-off point for this new exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn is the prevalence of "camouflage" in contemporary culture and politics—as a fashion insignia and as an emblem of battle in the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The militarization of the self that triggers Hirschhorn's investigation will be dramatized in Utopia's sprawling presentation, which will incorporate traditional display elements from museums of art, history, technology, fashion, and war.
The artist has called this a "headless" exhibition—pure energy, no easy answers—and he is treating its abundant signage, illustrations, interpretive material, mannequins, vitrines, and artworks as actions for opening up knowledge rather than figures of conclusion.
Listen to an interview with Thomas Hirschhorn on the program Here & Now, WBUR, Boston: Artists Without Borders.
The exhibition is coorganized with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Generous lead sponsorship for Utopia, Utopia is provided by Raoul Kennedy. Additional significant support provided by Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund and Susan Swig Watkins. Major support has been provided by étant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.