Jill Magid, ​The Proposal​, 2018. Feature documentary, 83 minutes. Courtesy the artist, Field of Vision, and Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Schedule of Events

4:30 – 6:00pm | Screening of The Proposal

6:00 – 7:30pm | Discussion

8:00 – 9:30pm | Second Screening of The Proposal

Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid (SMVisS ’00) creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.

Executive produced by Laura Poitras, ​The Proposal premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to receive numerous awards and a nationwide theatrical release via Oscilloscope Laboratories. It has screened at the Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou and is in the Pompidou’s permanent collection.

Following the screening, Professor Caroline Jones will moderate a discussion on the subjects of copyright, architecture, activism, and performance with Jill Magid, Professor Ana Miljacki, and Professor Timothy Hyde.

The Proposal | Jill Magid (February 10, 2020) from ACTMIT on Vimeo.


Free and open to the public. Registration encouraged; Walk-ins are welcome.



Jill Magid is an artist, writer and filmmaker. Solo exhibitions include Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; San Francisco Art Institute; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands. She has participated in Manifesta, the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, Gothenburg, Oslo and Performa Biennials. Magid is the recipient of the 2017 Calder Prize.


This event is co-produced by the Transmedia Storytelling Initiative.


  • act cube
    Wiesner Building
    20 Ames Street
    Cambridge, MA


  • date Feb 10 2020
  • time 4:30 - 9:30pm
  • cost
    Free and Open to the Public