Travelers: Objects of Dream and Revelation

The standout in this group show (which also includes Janice Arnold, Margarita Cabrera, Marc Dombrosky, Timothy Horn, Cal Lane, Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz and Robb Putnam) does not, at first glance, appear to belong in a museum at all. Mexican artist Erika Harrsch has created a small office space in an alcove, where visitors can apply for fake passports (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. weekends). The documents for this fictitious land grant you citizenship, as it were, to the United States of North America, her response to NAFTA. You can fill out paperwork, aided by a BAM docent, then spin the "passport fortune wheel" to try your luck. (Responses range from "You are not eligible" to "You win!") As every more security restrictions are placed on travel, despite the globalized economy that values things over people, Harrsch is rightfully mocking the arbitrary nature of borders and homelands. Her little bureaucratic office also makes reference, by way of an official seal, to the Monarch butterfly, which flits freely from Mexico to the U.S. and back. No paperwork required, no fingerprints or retinal scans, no ICE questioning, no crawling beneath a barb-wire fence. One can't help wondering if these fake passports would pass muster in Alabama. BRIAN MILLER

Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 26. Continues through Dec. 31, 2011

 
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