2015 TRIPS . 2015 PASADOS
NOVEMBER 22-28, 2015 . NOVIEMBRE 22-28, 2015
Since the early 1990s, Mark Dion has examined the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, the artist creates works that address distinctions between objective scientific methods and subjective influences. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society.
Born in Massachusetts in 1961, Dion currently lives in New York City. He received a BFA and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut in 1986 and 2003, respectively. He also studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1982-84, and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program from 1984-85. He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucida Art Award (2008). To read more click here
Deana Haggag has been with The Contemporary since the spring of 2013. Prior to her work with the museum, she was the Curator-in-Residence at Gallery CA, which is also located in Baltimore, MD in the City Arts building — home to over 90 artists. Deana received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana curates independent exhibitions, consults on various public art initiatives, and contributes to cultural publications. She is on the board of Whoop Dee Doo, Station North Tool Library, and is a Co-Dean of the Baltimore Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and is an active participant of the StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Deana was named “10 People to Watch Under 30” by the Baltimore Sun in 2013.
Dana Sherwood Is a New York-based artist whose work lies in the boundaries of the domestic and the wild, and interrogates semiotics of desire and melancholia present at the intersection of the two realms. Her work often involves organic materials and elaborate confectionary as well as interventions by animals.
Since receiving a BFA from the University of Maine in 2004 Sherwood has exhibited her work in New York at Marian Boesky Gallery, as well as Mixed Greens Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park, Flux Factory, The Biennial of Western New York and Prospect 2, New Orleans. She recently created a new piece for Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche in Toronto, and has shown in venues throughout Europe. In 2015 Sherwood had her inaugural European solo show at Gallerie Nagle-Draxler Reiseburogalerie, and will have her first NYC solo show in 2016 at Denny Gallery. She currently lives in Washington Heights with her husband and frequent collaborator, Mark Dion.
AUGUST 2-5, 2015 . AgOsto 2-5, 2015
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON (MFAH)
On August 2-5, 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) visited El Salvador with their Caribbean Art Fund Committee accompanied by curator Mari Carmen Ramirez. The group conducted studio visits and portfolio reviews with a number of artists including Ronald Moran whose work is in the museum's permanent collection, among others selected for the museum's upcoming Latin American auction to be held at the museum this November.
Mari Carmen Ramirez writes:
"The Committee was particularly impressed with the quality of the up-and-coming artists whom we visited as well as with the incredible potential of the young Salvadoran art scene."
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