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Mika Rottenberg: Spaghetti Blockchain

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Mika Rottenberg: Spaghetti Blockchain, a multimedia exhibition that marks Rottenberg's first museum survey on the west coast. Featuring three immersive video installations and a series of related kinetic and interactive sculptures, the exhibition explores Rottenberg's interest in modern day labor practices and economic systems, and playfully reveals that life in a globalized economy is more bizarre than we can possibly imagine.

Each of Rottenberg's video works is situated within a theatrical installation, featuring items as disparate as sacks of pearls, inflatable pool toys, and plastic flowers. Through her work, Rottenberg offers insightful and oftentimes humorous commentary on the contradictions of our global society. NoNoseKnows (2015), for example, presents a subversive allegory of labor practices filmed in Zhejiang province in China. In this work Rottenberg manifests the imagined dynamics between a pearl factory and its Western supervisor, who, with every sneeze, inexplicably produces a plate of pasta. The sculptural works on view both complement and expand on the narratives presented in the video installations, and in many cases offer visitors a chance to interact with the works.

"Mika is a groundbreaking contemporary artist, who is leading innovation in media art today," said Rabben. "We are so excited to present this major survey of her work, which grapples with some of the most complex ideas and systems shaping our culture both locally and globally. Her work exposes the extremes of our globalized society, and proposes new ways to think critically and joyfully about how to exist more responsibly."

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About the Opening Night Celebration

Get ready for an unforgettable night that will stimulate your senses and challenge your perceptions. Join us for drinks and conversation to celebrate the opening of "Mika Rottenberg: Spaghetti Blockchain," and kick off this one-of-a-kind exhibition with an evening of immersive and surreal art.

Hear from artist Mika Rottenberg in person, joined in conversation by CJM Senior Curator Heidi Rabben, and then experience the exhibition's vividly colorful video installations and interactive kinetic sculptures. In the first museum survey of Rottenberg's work ever to be presented on the West Coast, explore artworks that playfully explore how life in a globalized economy is more bizarre than we can possibly imagine.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
HAPPY HOUR
5-6pm
Complimentary wine, light bites, and plenty of opportunities for conversation.

A CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST MIKA ROTTENBERG AND SENIOR CURATOR HEIDI RABBEN
6:30-7pm
Seating is limited; CJM Members receive priority registration.

Free; RSVP encouraged.

Presented by Contemporary Jewish Museum

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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, Rottenberg spent her formative years in Israel then moved to the U.S., where she earned her BA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and followed this with an MFA at Columbia in 2004. Rottenberg has been the recipient of prestigious prizes including the 2019 Kurt Schwitters Prize and the 2018 Smithsonian American Art Museum's James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Her work is represented in numerous major museum and public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, National Gallery of Canada, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Rose Art Museum.
Mika Rottenberg: Spaghetti Blockchain, a multimedia exhibition that marks Rottenberg's first museum survey on the west coast. Featuring three immersive video installations and a series of related kinetic and interactive sculptures, the exhibition explores Rottenberg's interest in modern day labor practices and economic systems, and playfully reveals that life in a globalized economy is more bizarre than we can possibly imagine.

Each of Rottenberg's video works is situated within a theatrical installation, featuring items as disparate as sacks of pearls, inflatable pool toys, and plastic flowers. Through her work, Rottenberg offers insightful and oftentimes humorous commentary on the contradictions of our global society. NoNoseKnows (2015), for example, presents a subversive allegory of labor practices filmed in Zhejiang province in China. In this work Rottenberg manifests the imagined dynamics between a pearl factory and its Western supervisor, who, with every sneeze, inexplicably produces a plate of pasta. The sculptural works on view both complement and expand on the narratives presented in the video installations, and in many cases offer visitors a chance to interact with the works.

"Mika is a groundbreaking contemporary artist, who is leading innovation in media art today," said Rabben. "We are so excited to present this major survey of her work, which grapples with some of the most complex ideas and systems shaping our culture both locally and globally. Her work exposes the extremes of our globalized society, and proposes new ways to think critically and joyfully about how to exist more responsibly."

~~~~~~~~~
About the Opening Night Celebration

Get ready for an unforgettable night that will stimulate your senses and challenge your perceptions. Join us for drinks and conversation to celebrate the opening of "Mika Rottenberg: Spaghetti Blockchain," and kick off this one-of-a-kind exhibition with an evening of immersive and surreal art.

Hear from artist Mika Rottenberg in person, joined in conversation by CJM Senior Curator Heidi Rabben, and then experience the exhibition's vividly colorful video installations and interactive kinetic sculptures. In the first museum survey of Rottenberg's work ever to be presented on the West Coast, explore artworks that playfully explore how life in a globalized economy is more bizarre than we can possibly imagine.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
HAPPY HOUR
5-6pm
Complimentary wine, light bites, and plenty of opportunities for conversation.

A CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST MIKA ROTTENBERG AND SENIOR CURATOR HEIDI RABBEN
6:30-7pm
Seating is limited; CJM Members receive priority registration.

Free; RSVP encouraged.

Presented by Contemporary Jewish Museum

~~~~~~~~~

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, Rottenberg spent her formative years in Israel then moved to the U.S., where she earned her BA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and followed this with an MFA at Columbia in 2004. Rottenberg has been the recipient of prestigious prizes including the 2019 Kurt Schwitters Prize and the 2018 Smithsonian American Art Museum's James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Her work is represented in numerous major museum and public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, National Gallery of Canada, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Rose Art Museum.
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