Scenes of a Crime and Sigmar Polke’s Alibis

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

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor
The Kirk Varnedoe Contemporary Galleries, second floor

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Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963-2010
Kathy Halbreich with Mark Godfrey, Lanka Tattersall, and Magnus Schaefer

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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.

In conjunction with the exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

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.