In 1959, the German philosopher and social critic Theodor W. Adorno wrote an essay titled “What does coming to terms with the past mean?” For Sigmar Polke, a German artist working in the postwar era, “the past” was ultimately the scene of a crime, as indicated by the title of the artist’s current retrospective exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010. Join us as we explore this exhibition, and the ways in which Polke struggles with the question of how to make history present, using materials to interrogate the possibilities of recording, remembrance, repression, and restitution.

Gallery Sessions, impromptu interactions facilitated by Museum educators that explore the creative process, art history, and the experience of art, take place daily in select galleries. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free with Museum admission. No registration is required.

Sign language–interpreted Gallery Sessions are held every fourth Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks.

Gallery Sessions, impromptu interactions facilitated by Museum educators that explore the creative process, art history, and the experience of art, take place daily in select galleries. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free with Museum admission. No registration is required.

FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks.

Learn more about Adult Programs

  1. Sunday, July 27, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 2, Contemporary Galleries

  2. Saturday, July 19, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 2, Contemporary Galleries

  3. Saturday, June 28, 2014,
    1:30 p.m.

    Floor 2, Contemporary Galleries

  4. Saturday, June 21, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 2, Contemporary Galleries

  5. Saturday, May 31, 2014,
    11:30 a.m.

    Floor 2, Contemporary Galleries

This event accompanies Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010.
This event is part of Gallery Sessions.