Audio Tour:
The Way of the Shovel

About

The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology traces the interest in history, archaeology, and archival research that defines some of the most highly regarded art of the last decade. Consisting almost entirely of work produced after the year 2000, The Way of the Shovel re-imagines the art world as an alternative “History Channel” that is as concerned with remembering histories as it is with challenging their truthfulness. Archaeology is considered both metaphorically and literally, with an emphasis on historical and archival research and the relationship between objects and historical truth.

Audio Playlist

  • 01

    Dieter Roelstraete

    Exhibition overview by Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete

    00:03:24
  • 02

    Pamela Bannos

    Pamela Bannos, on Shifting Grounds: Block 21 and Chicago’s MCA

    00:02:31
  • 03

    Joachim Koester

    Joachim Koester, on Passaic Seems Full of Holes

    00:01:26
  • 04

    Mark Dio

    Mark Dion, on Concerning the Dig

    00:05:30
  • 05

    Jack Green

    ­Archaeologist Jack Green, on the tools of the trade

    00:01:39
  • 06

    Mariana Castillo Deball

    Mariana Castillo Deball, on Uncomfortable Objects

    00:02:20
  • 07

    Susanne Kriemann

    Susanne Kriemann, on A Silent Crazy Jungle Under Glass

    00:03:04
  • 08

    Susanne Kriemann

    Susanne Kriemann, on in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (work cyclus)

    00:03:03
  • 09

    David Schalliol

    Sociologist David Schalliol, on the financial crisis of 2008

    00:01:41
  • 10

    Scott Hocking

    Scott Hocking, on Rusty Sputnik

    00:01:39
  • 11

    Sociologist David Schalliol

    Sociologist David Schalliol, on Detroit’s socio-economic conditions

    00:01:45
  • 12

    Sociologist David Schalliol

    Sociologist David Schalliol, on the Steel Belt and local activism

    00:01:57
  • 13

    Joachim Koester

    Joachim Koester, on Message from Andrée

    00:02:12
  • 14

    David Schalliol

    ­Sociologist David Schalliol, on the effects of the housing crisis in Chicago

    00:01:32
  • 15

    Joachim Koester

    Joachim Koester, on Some Boarded-Up Houses (Chicago)

    00:01:44
  • 16

    Nancy Burke

    Psychoanalyst Nancy Burke, on Sigmund Freud

    00:01:07
  • 17

    Nancy Burke

    Psychoanalyst Nancy Burke, on Freud’s antiquities collection

    00:01:57
  • 18

    Nancy Burke

    ­Psychoanalyst Nancy Burke, on Freud’s office

    00:01:33
  • 19

    Nancy Burke

    Psychoanalyst Nancy Burke, on Freud and memory

    00:03:15
  • 20

    Rebecca Keller

    Rebecca Keller, on her installation

    00:02:34
  • 21

    Nancy Burke

    ­Psychoanalyst Nancy Burke, on Freud and archaeology

    00:02:11
  • 22

    Jack Green

    Archaeologist Jack Green, on art and archaeology

    00:01:37
  • 23

    Michael Rakowitz

    Michael Rakowitz, on The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist

    00:04:34
  • 24

    Jack Green

    Archaeologist Jack Green, on the looting of Iraq's National Museum

    00:01:31
  • 25

    Mariana Castillo Deball

    Mariana Castillo Deball, on It rises or falls depending on whether you’re coming or going. If you are leaving, it’s uphill; but as you arrive it’s downhill

    00:03:58
  • 26

    Jack Green

    Archaeologist Jack Green, on burial archaeology

    00:01:39