Prophets of Deceit

Prophets of Deceit examines messianic and apocalyptic cults, predictions, and prophecies as systems of restraining social behavior and how those systems ultimately influence the outcome of history. The exhibition considers the degree in which prophetic guidelines—set either by powerful individuals, extreme religions or unexpected events—play in shaping modern economic, cultural, political, and social frameworks.

The exhibition explores the theory that anticipated knowledge, fear, and irrational systems of thought about what the future may hold can indeed produce self-fulfilling prophecies. With that in mind, the participants and works of art draw inspiration from artistic and historical precedents to search for and provide insight into the world in which we currently live. Sharply questioned is the power of belief, religion, and politics within a media-saturated society.

Prophets of Deceit archive

Craig Baldwin, Tacita Dean, Rod Dickinson, HCRH, Christian Jankowski, Joachim Koester, Komar & Melamid, John Menick, Melvin Moti, Raymond Pettibon, Mungo Thomson, Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Erik Pauser (PHAUSS)


Magali Arriola


Columbus College of Art & Design, OH
Feb 28—Apr 18, 2007

Made possible with grants from Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council with support from CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Columbus College of Art & Design