Lesley University presents major installation artist Mark Dion as the fall Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecturer on October 29
Friday, October 18, 2013
Dion is a major North American artist known for his meticulous installations and featured in the celebrated PBS series “Art 21.” The free talk, titled “On Collecting Things, Collectors, and Collections,” will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Boston Public Library Rabb Auditorium, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass.
For more information or to register, visit www.lesley.edu/markdion. In addition to the public lecture, Dion will visit classes and connect with students at Lesley during his visit.
Mark Dion’s sculpture, installation, photography, and works on paper, along with his writings, teaching, and institutional collaborations, explore the historical practice of organizing and studying the world. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and London’s Tate Gallery, among many others.
According to Roberta Smith of the New York Times, "Mark Dion has spent more than two decades blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, science and art, natural and artificial, not to mention people's need for order and their tendency to sow chaos."
Dion engages in collaboration and dialogue with the communities in which his work is presented, such as archeologists digging along the Thames, a flock of arborists, or construction workers. Once he collaborated with members of Seattle city government to bring a mammoth Redwood into a custom-built greenhouse to allow the flora and fauna to continue to live within its fragile eco-system, nurtured by manmade systems.
His work is currently featured in Lesley University’s fall 2013 exhibition, “Beyond the Wunderkammer,” curated by Bonnell Robinson, which runs through October 30.
Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1961. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity, modeled on Wunderkabinetts of the sixteenth century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001). He has had major exhibitions at Miami Art Museum (2006); the MoMA, New York (2004); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). "Neukom Vivarium" (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion lives and works in Pennsylvania.
The Strauch-Mosse Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists was established through a $1 million gift from Hans D. Strauch, Vice Chair of the Lesley University Board of Trustees.
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