Natasha Lushetich

The employees at the Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, lead a varied and multifaceted life as they perform their daily insurance brokering and managerial activities amid the second-largest non-museum-affiliated art collection in the world. Lagging only slightly behind the Deutsche Bank, the Progressive collection prides itself on the fine balance between some of the biggest names of contemporary art, such as Andy Warhol and Joseph Kosuth, and new and daring work by emerging artists in a variety of media. Shedding light on T.R. Ericsson’s Progressive work And All Shall Be Well (2007), in which preserved human breath features as an objet trouve, this essay discusses the limits of human vulnerability and the impossibility of commun-ion/ity.

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