Acceptable Losses, 2013

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Acceptable Losses is an exhibition that examines quantitative representations of death. Following the Guerrilla Girls’ social contextualization of raw numeric data to construct narratives about gender disparity in the art world of Manhattan, Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) pushes this technique in order to examine which forms of human sacrifice are acceptable within US society and which are not. At a time of mass shootings, a veteran suicide epidemic, and an explosion of cancer deaths, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the nonrational responses to abstract representations of death that in turn inform public policy governing objects, processes, and behaviors that are associated with death.