A graduate of the school of Visual Studies at MIT, Rakowitz gained international attention for paraSite, an ongoing project initiated in 1998 in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior out-take vents of a building’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. He is the recipient of a 2008 Creative Capital Grant for a collaboration with Emna Zghal, and is also Contributing Editor for Surface Tension: A Journal on Spatial Arts.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the nineteenth lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.