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Izhar Patkin The Wandering Veil

  • Exhibition

  • December 7, 2013 - September 1, 2014
  • Galleries

This long-awaited survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin took over the museum’s largest gallery. Grand, labyrinthine yet also surprisingly intimate, the exhibition was rich with personal narrative, political metaphor, and myth, highlighting the many formal innovations Patkin has pioneered over his 30-year career.

Read a profile of Izhar Patkin from The New York Times and coverage of Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil from The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and WAMC.

Making its U.S. debut, the show’s centerpiece is a cycle of spectacular mural-size paintings on tulle fabric entitled “Veiled Threats,” inspired by the late Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali’s writings on memory, loss, love, and exile.

Patkin says sex is next. Click here to see his entire January 2014 conversation with David Ross, at MASS MoCA.

Co-organized by MASS MoCA, The Wandering Veil travels to North Adams from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Tefen Open Museum in Israel, where it premiered last year.


Hear The Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali, which inspired Izhar Patkin’s The Wandering Veil read live Thursday, April 24, at MASS MoCA.

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