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Tom Sachs at Boston University

  • Sleeper Auditorium, Boston University 871 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA, 02215 United States (map)

Tom Sachs is an interdisciplinary artist known for his intricate, hand-built reconstructions of American cultural detritus. Utilitarian objects, luxury goods, artifacts from the NASA space program are combined and reimagined using makeshift materials, laboriously assembled by hand. Simultaneously playful and critical, Sachs’ work looks closely at consumerism and capitalist iconography to create tensions between high and low culture, the handmade and the mass-produced, labor and leisure, and the venerated and the overlooked.  Sachs has exhibited internationally, and has work in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., to name a few.