The Repository of Absent Flesh

Dark gallery with spotlit motorcycle, chairs, and maze of tables with found objects on them.

Installation view, The Repository of Absent Flesh, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 1997. Archival slide.

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A new installation exploring themes of war, memory, history, and politics.

The exhibition’s presentation takes the form of a stylized warehouse/wunderkammer, in which various found objects — a camera, a motorcycle, an anatomical model of the human brain, a knife — will be displayed. As visitors to the gallery pause to consider each object, a light will illuminate it and a recorded voice will narrate a brief story about the object’s history and significance.

A full-color catalogue documenting The Repository of Absent Flesh, containing an essay by art historian Arthur Danto, will be published during the course of the exhibition. Please call the gallery at 617-253-4680 and leave your name if you would like to receive a postcard notifying you of the publication date and ordering information. Or e-mail Barbra Pine, barbra [at]

Exhibition organized by Helaine Posner, curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center. Exhibition coordination by Jon Roll.