Andrea Fraser's work engages the institution of art and art institutions. Vanessa Place's work interrogates notions of criminality
and poetry. Language and sound figure into both of their practices as key investigative tools. Working from the disciplines
of art and writing, respectively, both employ existing tracts of text and reposition them in the context of art and performance.
This exhibition presents new work by each artist in two sound installations in the Schindler House. For AV, Fraser attempts to activate some of the structural relations between museums and prisons as the bookend institutions of polarized
neoliberal social space. Place debuts her installation, Last Words, about which she writes: "Death is a sentence. Silently handed to each of us, spoken aloud to others." Both works prompt the
visitor to ask questions about the notions of absence, presence, power, individuality, freedom, and subjectification.
Curated by Kimberli Meyer Andrea Fraser Major projects by Andrea Fraser include installations, performances, and surveys for an array of international museums, including
the Kunstverein Munich; the Venice Biennale (Austrian Pavilion); the Whitney Biennial; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; the
Kunsthalle Bern; the Bienal de São Paulo; Tate Modern; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum
of Art; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre
Pompidou, Paris; the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia; the Kunstverein Hamburg; the Carpenter Center, Harvard
University; and the Ludwig Museum, Cologne. Her books include Andrea Fraser:Works 19842003 (Cologne, 2003); Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser (Cambridge, 2005); and Texts, Scripts, Transcripts (Cologne, 2013). Fraser is a professor of New Genres at the University of California, Los Angeles. Vanessa Place The Boston Review called Vanessa Place the spokesperson for the new cynical avant-garde, the Huffington Post characterized her work as ethically odious, while philosopher and critic Avital Ronell said she is a leading
voice in contemporary thought. Vanessa Place was the first poet to perform as part of the Whitney Biennial; a content
advisory was posted. Other exhibition work has appeared at Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary
Art; The Power Plant, Toronto; the Broad Museum, East Lansing; and Cage 83 Gallery, New York. Selected recent performance
venues include Museum of Modern Art, New York; Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art; Andre Bely Center, St. Petersburg, Russia;
Kunstverein, Cologne; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frye Art Gallery, Seattle; the Sorbonne; and De Young Museum, San Francisco.
Recent books include Boycott; Statement of Facts; Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman; and her translation of Guantanamo, by French poet Frank Smith. Place also works as a critic and criminal defense attorney, and is CEO of VanessaPlace Inc, the
world's first poetry corporation.
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, founded in 1994, is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary
center for art and architecture and is based today in three of the most important houses by the Austrian-American architect
Rudolph M. Schindler. The core of the programming includes the internationally sought-after MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, an annual residency program for emerging international artists and architects.