Artist Michael Rakowitz lives in Chicago. He is best known for conceptual art displayed in non-gallery contexts. After graduating from Purchase in 1995, Rakowitz initiated paraSITE, an ongoing project in which the artist builds customized inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system.
His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA , P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in Torino, and Kunstraum Innsbruck.
“Return,” one of Rakowitz’s public projects was presented by Creative Time in New York in 2006. He is the recipient of a 2012 Tiffany Foundation Award; a 2008 Creative Capital Grant; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO.
A work by Rakowitz, Room N, Northwest Palace of Nimrud (2018) from the series, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, was created for the Unlimited sector of Art Basel 2018 in Basel. It features reproductions of reliefs from the Assyrian Palace of Nimrud destroyed by the Caliphate in 2016.
In 2019, the Nasher Sculpture Center announced Rakowitz the recipient of the 2020 Nasher Prize.
Rakowitz work has been featured in major private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Endhoven, Netherlands; The British Museum; Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan; and UNESCO, Paris.
Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.