Presentation and Book Launch
About the Book:
Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism is the catalog from the first touring exhibition in the United States of works from the French Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC). The exhibition takes the work of utopian architect Yona Friedman-and particularly his idea of the “spatial city”, as a point of departure from which to explore contemporary art within the FRAC collections. Spatial City brings together an international, multi-generational array of artists, with an emphasis on artists living in France, whose work contends with utopian thinking and, in counterpoint, the retreat of optimism in the face of pragmatic reality.
The exhibition was on view at the Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit in 2010. The exhibits and catalog were supported by the three venues, Platform (FRAC national organization), the Institut Français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States The catalog is published by the Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) and Platform.
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