Shimon Attie: The Neighbor Next Door

09/21/2012-3/24/2013
Alsdorf Gallery

Shimon Attie, <i>Prinsengracht 468: Passing Military Band</i>, On-location film projection, from the project <i>The Neighbor Next Door</i>, Amsterdam, 1995. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Shimon Attie, Prinsengracht 468: Passing Military Band, on-location film projection, from the project The Neighbor Next Door, Amsterdam, 1995. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

During the 1990s American artist Shimon Attie presented a series of temporary installations in European cities that dealt with absence and legacies of the Holocaust.

For The Neighbor Next Door (1995), Attie projected archival film footage from World War II onto Amsterdam sidewalks. The films, which had been taken by people driven into hiding by the Nazis, suggested what life on the street might have looked like to someone living clandestinely.

The Block Museum, in collaboration with the artist and Dave Tolchinsky and Debra Tolchinsky, faculty from Northwestern's Department of Radio/Television/Film, is re-envisioning the project for installation in the Alsdorf Gallery.

Shimon Attie: The Neighbor Next Door is supported by the Rubens Family Foundation, Alsdorf Endowment, and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.