Feb 13 | Jill Magid | Permission as Material

Jill Magid_Rhinestoning Headquarters Jill Magid. System Azure Public performance and permanent installation. Rhinestone encrusted surveillance cameras, posters. Police Headquarters, Amsterdam. 2002

Magid will be discussing recent projects, her engagements with the law, and permission as a material of the work with responses from international curator and art historian Lars Bang Larsen and SA+P Dean Hashim Sarkis.


Jill Magid is a widely celebrated MIT alumna now based in New York City. Her dynamic practice is deeply interrogative, forging intimate relationships within bureaucratic structures—flirting with, seducing, and subverting authority. Her projects probe seemingly impenetrable systems, such as the New York City Police Department, the Dutch Secret Service, surveillance systems, and, most recently, the restricted archive of Mexican architect Luis Barragán. By infiltrating and unsettling powerful institutions, she locates unexpected and rich communities within the structures of bureaucracy.

Magid has exhibited at the San Francisco Art Institute; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands. She has participated in Manifesta and Performa, and in the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, and Gothenburg Biennials, as well as the Oslo Architecture Triennial. She has also performed at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; New Museum, New York;  and the South London Gallery.

Her four books include: Failed States (2012), Becoming Tarden (2010), Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy (2007), and Once Cycle of Memory in the City of L (2004). Sternberg Press recently published The Proposal on her work of the same name. Her practice is also featured in Public Space? Lost and Found (forthcoming 2017, produced by ACT and distributed by MIT Press).


About the ACT Monday Night Lecture Series

ACT’s Monday night lecture series draws together artists, scholars, and other cultural practitioners from different disciplines to discuss artistic methodologies and forms of inquiry at the intersection of art, architecture, science, and technology.

ACT’s Spring 2017 series is conceived by Gediminas Urbonas, ACT Director, and coordinated with Lucas Freeman, ACT Writer in Residence, and Laura Knott, ACT Consulting Curator.

This series is made possible with the generous support of The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT).


  • act cube
    Wiesner Building
    20 Ames Street, Lower Level
    Cambridge, MA 02142


  • date Feb 13 2017
  • time 6pm to 8pm
  • cost
    Free and Open to the Public


  • lucas freeman
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