Imaginary Houses

March 18, 2015
Event Types
Public Program
An exhibition space is filled with visitors of all ages peering into glass cases with sculptures by Alicja Kwade contained within.

Guests gather for the opening reception of Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances in October, 2019 at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Photo by Cassandra Rodriguez.

To explore the ideas embedded in Katrín Sigurdardóttir: Drawing Apart, join List Curatorial Fellow Jeffrey De Blois for a reading and discussion group examining the house as a conceptual space. 

Katrín Sigurdardóttir’s sculptural practice examines the way physical structures and boundaries affect perception. Her works gesture towards real locations, employing shifts in scale and fragmentation to systematically question the veracity of memory and history. Sigurdardóttir’s exhibition at the List Center consists of two bodies of work­—Ellefu and Unbuilt Residences in Reykjavík, 1925-1930Ellefu are abstracted, miniaturized constructions of interior segments of the artist’s childhood home in Reykjavík. Unbuilt Residences in Reykjavík, 1925-1930 uses unrealized architectural plans of houses to create models that are then destroyed by various means only to be reconstructed from the remains. Each series demonstrates a particular relationship to the house as a conceptual space—whether it is the childhood home or a planned, yet never realized home. Held in conjunction with the exhibition, this reading and discussion group will explore these and other concepts, including ideas such as the uncanny and the oneiric house, as well as the house’s potential to function as both an object and an image. 

Advanced registration is required. To register for this event, please email Jeffrey De Blois.  All reading materials will be sent electronically in advance of the session.