Opening Receptions: Cheyney Thompson/Akram Zaatari: Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright

February 9, 2012
Event Types
Public Program
View of gallery with multipanel paintings in the back and red brick sculpture on the ground.

Installation View, Cheyney Thompson: metric, pedestal, landlord, cabengo, recit, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2012.

Pre-reception conversation with artist Cheyney Thompson and List Center curator João Ribas 5:30PM, Bartos Theatre. Join us for the opening receptions of Cheyney Thompson and Akram Zaatari: Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright.

The MIT List Visual Arts Center is pleased to present the first U.S. museum exhibition of the work of New York-based artist Cheyney Thompson (b. 1975, Baton Rouge, LA). The exhibition surveys several of the artist’s series of paintings and sculptures centered on issues of abstraction and representation, and highlighting an analytical approach to painting. Thomspon’s interest in the production and circulation of painting, including the artwork as commodity and the impact of the real estate market on the “creative economy,” has also been at the center of his work.

Akram Zaatari utilizes photography and film to address the historical, cultural, and political conditions of conflict, in particular within the context of postwar Lebanon. Describing his artistic practice as ‘field work,’ his work involves researching, collecting, and studying documents that communicate complex political situations or geographic phenomena within the larger context of the Middle East. The artist’s work presents an ongoing investigation into historical, photographic, and personal histories, exploring the history and memory contained in everyday experience.