It’s Raining Knives (539)

It’s Raining Knives by Silvia Levenson
It’s Raining Knives
Stop Number: 
539

Silvia Levenson (Argentinean, b. 1957)
Italy, Vigevano
1996–2004
Cast glass; artificial grass; nylon line
H: variable, W: 120 cm, D: 120 cm
(2004.3.29)

In her art, Silvia Levenson addresses the difficulties of living with threats of violence, both political and domestic, that are out of our control.

Levenson was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1981, she fled the military dictatorship of General Jorge Rafael Videla, and she moved to Italy with her husband and children. Thousands of Argentineans were imprisoned, tortured, and murdered during Videla’s military dictatorship, which lasted from 1976 to 1983. Thirty thousand people disappeared during the dictatorship, including members of Levenson’s family.

It’s Raining Knives was conceived in 1996 in response to Levenson’s experiences during the Videla dictatorship. It has since become a thought-provoking commentary on the threat of terrorism today.

The 19th Rakow Commission.