Plate 1. Ana Prvački, Let us not be naive about the power of hospitality, 2012. The form of each card could indicate a message, a gift, or a greeting card. Photograph by Ana Prvački.
Plate 2. Faith Wilding performs Waiting at Womanhouse, Los Angeles, California, 1972. Photograph by Lloyd Hamrol.
Plate 3. Lee Mingwei, Living Room 2, The Richard E. Floor Living Room, 2012. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in conversation with 1999 artist-in-residence Lee Mingwei. Photograph copyright Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Plate 4. Living Room host Zoe Strauss engages her guests in conversation, March 2016. The Richard E. Floor Living Room, 2012. Photograph copyright Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Plate 5. Kathy High, HLA-B27, 2008. This photographic series features intimate, close-up images of the transgenic rats that participated in the two iterations of Embracing Animal.
Plate 6. Mithu Sen, It’s Good to Be Queen, 2006, a site-specific residency project for Bose Pacia Gallery, New York. Queen’s Durbar Hall, installation in living room.
Plate 7. Mithu Sen, Grave Garment, in It’s Good to Be Queen, 2006. Lace and satin dress, hair, coat hangers, safety pins, and paper; 84 × 42 inches. This haunting and harrowing view of a colorful dress with hanging long black hair attached to it is in response to a note about her hair left for the artist by the apartment’s owner.
Plate 8. Joël Curtz, La Mariée (The Bride), Le Fresnoy Production, 2012. This still from the documentary film about the project Brides on Tour by Italian artists Pippa Bacca and Silvia Moro shows a television image of Pippa Bacca hitchhiking with a sign showing her destination, just before she disappeared in Turkey.
Plate 9. Joël Curtz, La Mariée (The Bride), Le Fresnoy Production, 2012. The two artists Silvia Moro and Pippa Bacca smile in a television image during their journey/performance Brides on Tour.
Plate 10. Ken Aptekar, Carlebach Küchentuch #6, 2015. Oil and linen mounted on wood, sandblasted glass, bolts; 100 × 200 cm (diptych), in Nachbarn/Neighbours, Kunsthalle St. Annen, Lübeck, Germany, 2016. This painting by Aptekar tells the story of the Carlebach family, who perished in the Holocaust, and their towel that was returned to a survivor by a relative of the neighbors who had secretly given them food. The English translation is “A woman approaches the guest of honor. ‘Our parents were neighbors. I brought you something that belongs to you,’ she says, and hands him the monogrammed kitchen towel.” Photograph by Linn Underhill.
Plate 11. Edi Hila, Hospitality, 2001. Oil on canvas, 180 × 121 cm. This painting, presented at the documenta 14 exhibition in Athens, Greece, speaks to the hosts’ ambivalent anticipation: they wait for those arriving from the sea, be they strangers or long-lost friends. Photograph by Jens Ziehe.