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The Way of the Shovel (audio tour)


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.


401. ­Exhibition overview by Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete

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

403. Joachim Koester on Passaic Seems Full of Holes

404. Mark Dion on Concerning the Dig

405. ­Archaeologist Jack Green on the tools of the trade

406. Mariana Castillo Deball on Uncomfortable Objects

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