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“Describing Labor” Esther Shalev-Gerz at the Wolfsonian

As the French Week Miami comes to a close, do not miss Lithuanian born, French Israeli artist Esther Shalev-Gerz, presenting her new exhibition, "Describing Labor" at the Wolfsonian Museum from November 29, 2012 to April 7, 2013.
Comprising of artefacts from 1885 through 1945, the exhibition explores the representation of labor and our perception thereof.


Through a collection of objects from the late 19th through the mid 20th century representing labor, the exhibition interrogates our notion of the creation of everything that surrounds us, and the labor of those who fabricate them, notions that have been absent and underestimated in art for a long time.
A majority of the forty-one objects shown are drawn from the Wolfsonian Museum’s collection. They range from industrial objects to decorative arts, such as sculptures and paintings, selected by twenty-four participants, who were filmed and photographed while interpreting the work’s depiction of labor.
In her approach, Shalev-Gerz suggests that, from the period of the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, and the two world wars, labor was better esteemed; while today this value, for the labor that builds everything that surrounds us, no longer exists. Through this extensive assemblage of photographs, as well as audio and video documents, Esther Shalev-Gerz aims to revive this sense of acknowledgement.

The Wolfsonian
from November 29, 2012 to April 7, 2013
1001 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531- 1001
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Image Credit: Arthur Waagen, La Gloire Du Fer (The Glory of Iron) c.1889. Paris. Bronze, tin, brass, 24 x 16 7/8 x 10 inches. Wolfsonian – FIU. The Mitchell Wolson, Jr Collection

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