This catalog coincides with the New Museum exhibition Goshka Macuga; Time As Fabric
. It is the first New York museum exhibition of Polish artist Goshka Macuga
(b. 1967, Warsaw, Poland; lives and works in London). Macuga’s practice typically applies in-depth historical and archival research to an interest in the evolving relationships among artists, institutions, politics, and communities. Her works investigate how art can be used to voice current concerns, rouse public debate, and inspire social change. Within her images and installations, she unearths associations between different actors (people, objects, and sites) that, in many cases, problematize the ways in which different organizations engage their publics and are shaped by socioeconomic and cultural developments in society. Throughout her career, Macuga’s work has embraced diverse mediums including sculpture, installation, architecture, and design. The content and format for her projects are often determined by the specific institutional contexts in which her work is shown.
Over the past five years, Macuga has created a series of large-scale tapestries that “weave” people together in their reimagining of demonstrations, public assemblies, and meetings of minds. Drawing from the rich historical tradition of textiles, which have been produced by artists and used by their patrons for thousands of years, Macuga exploits the representative functions of the medium, which can embody political messages, while also maintaining tapestry’s tactility and portability. Often panoramic and vast, her tapestries transform architectural spaces and surround viewers-making us both spectators of and participants in the actions depicted and enveloping us in narratives that expand and collapse the notion of time.
New Museum; 2016; Softcover; 7 ¼" x 9 ¾"; 117 pp; Color images throughout; ISBN 9781942607335