Mark Dion: "An Account of Travels and Extraordinary Endeavors"
Monday, October 28, 2013
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Mark Dion’s art makes us think about how museums and universities shape our understandings of history and the natural world. His re-collections and re-creations question the lines between objective reality and subjective experience, using the forms of scientific and cultural institutions to reconsider those institutions. They subvert easy understanding of the past and the world around us, forcing us to look at the old in new ways.
Dion will be in residence at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage in the spring of 2014 working on the Jenks Museum Project, a commemoration/re-creation/contemplation of Brown’s lost 19th-century museum of natural history and ethnography.
Mark Dion has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucelia Art Award (2008). He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999).