"ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant" Exhibition Reception & Gallery Talk with Ellen Rothenberg

MAR 27, 2019 | 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Ellen Rothenberg, ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant, 2018, installation view, Spertus Institute, Chicago. Photo by Tom Van Eynde.



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1200: James Art Gallery


March 27, 2019: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM




The James Gallery


Join us in the James Gallery for the exhibition reception of ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant and a gallery talk with the artist Ellen Rothenberg and curator Katherine Carl on Wednesday, March 27th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant focuses on the current crisis of migration and the forces of global capitalism by considering connections between past and contemporary issues of migration. The exhibition draws from research Rothenberg pursued in Berlin at Germany’s largest refugee camp, currently housed in the monumental Tempelhof airport, a disused site that was originally designed and built by the Nazis. The exhibition also includes objects and documents, such as passports, birth certificates, comics, and photographs—that represent earlier Jewish immigration and movement—that Rothenberg uncovered in the Spertus Institute in Chicago.

Rothenberg has titled the installation ISO 6346 after the international standard for identification and marking of shipping containers, such as those being used to house refugees at Tempelhof airport refugee camp. The word “ineluctable” in the exhibition title (meaning: inescapable, unavoidable) was first used in print in 1623, notably at the same time as the words “immigrate” and “migration.”

The exhibition and programs are open from Wednesday, February 6th through Saturday, April 13th, 2019 in the James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Click here for more information about the exhibition and related programs.

Ellen Rothenberg's work is concerned with the politics of everyday life and the formation of communities through collaborative practices. From her performances, to her installations, and research projects, Rothenberg has probed formal boundaries for what they can produce, designing responsive structures that encourage participation. Her work has been presented in North America and Europe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Museum of London, Ontario; The Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; Royal Festival Hall, London; The Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania; among others. Awards include NEA Regional Fellowships, The Bunting Institute Fellowship Radcliffe College Harvard University, The Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowships, Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, and grants from The Charles Engelhard Foundation, The LEF Foundation, and NEA Artists Projects. As Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Inaugural Faculty Research Fellow at The Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice at SAIC, Rothenberg has produced a hybrid pedagogy in her teaching as well. Working with established communities, and forming new ones has become an essential part of her working process. She has worked in collaboration with the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project, Future Force Geo Speculators, and Chelen Amenca, Romania. SHADOWED! a new book on Rothenberg’s work, published by Green Lantern Press 2018.