Jill Magid

2013–2015 Vera List Center Fellow
Jill Magid is a visual artist and writer living in Brooklyn, NY, whose fellowship is part of the Alignment cycle of VLC programs. www.jillmagid.net

Magid will work on The Barragán Archives for her fellowship project, an extended, multimedia examination of the legacy of Mexican architect and Pritzker Prize-winner Luis Barragán (1902–1988). Expanding on existing scholarship, the artist will consider both Barragán's professional and personal archives, and how the intersections of his official and private selves reveal divergent and aligned interests, as well as those of the institutions that have become the archives' guardians.

Along with the vast majority of his architecture, Barragán's personal archive remains in Mexico while his professional archive, including the rights to the architect's name and work, were acquired in 1995 by Swiss furniture company Vitra, under the auspices of the newly founded Barragan Foundation. By developing long-term relationships with various personal, governmental, and corporate entities, Magid will explore the intersection of the psychological with the judicial, national identity and repatriation, international property rights and copyright law, authorship and ownership. The project results in a series of installations, the next of which to be presented by Art in General during Performa 13, and a book.

Magid forms intimate relationships with systems of power, including police, military, secret service, corporations, and CCTV surveillance. For the artist, their power isn't a remote condition to contest, but rather something to manipulate, by drawing it closer, exploiting its loopholes, engaging it in dialogue, infiltrating its structure, repeating its logic. With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world including Tate Modern, London; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; The Centre d'Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona; and at the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, Magid has been recognized with awards such as the Basis Stipendium from Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten in the Netherlands and the Netherlands-American Foundation Fellowship Fulbright Grant. Magid has participated in the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, and Gothenburg Biennials. She is also the author of four books including Becoming Tarden, a nonfiction novel which opens with the phrase "the secret itself is much more beautiful than its revelation." Magid holds a BFA from Cornell University and a Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an adjunct professor at Cooper Union.