Our 30th anniversary season includes Rosa Barba’s first U.S. museum solo exhibition, as well as a collaboration with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to commission a new mural by Lawrence Weiner for downtown Boston’s Dudley Square Park. This year’s Max Wasserman Forum focuses on public art and features Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn as keynote speaker.
United States Pavilion, 2015 Venice Biennale
Joan Jonas’s They Come to Us without a Word is presented by the MIT List Visual Arts Center in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State at the 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. Jonas, a pioneering figure in video and performance art, is occupying the entirety of the Pavilion’s five galleries with a new video installation involving drawings and sculptural elements.
The Jury of the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia honored Joan Jonas with a special mention award honoring her as an artist of significant oeuvre and influence for her work at the United States Pavilion.
Through mediums that include sculpture, photography, collage, and writing, Lina Viste Grønli investigates the tensions between physical things and abstract systems, particularly those of linguistics and philosophy. With considerable humor, and using everyday objects and materials, she considers categories that have been historically opposed—such as the intelligible and the sensible, words and things, the systematic and the arbitrary—and interprets the excess or remainder that is uncontained by these binary structures.
Hayden, Reference Galleries
Rosa Barba’s works encompassing sculptures, installations, text pieces, and publications are grounded in the material qualities of cinema. Her film sculptures examine the physical properties of the projector, celluloid, and projected light. Barba’s longer projected works are situated between experimental documentary and fictional narrative, and are indeterminately situated in the past or the future. These speculative stories probe into the relationship of historical record, personal anecdote, and filmic representation.
Public Art and the Commons
As the List Center celebrates it 30th anniversary this fall, we are proud to present this year’s Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art: Public Art and the Commons, November 13-14, 2015.
Public art has emerged as a crucial issue over the past decade. In response to conditions of intensifying economic and political precarity, artists have renewed a dialogue on those social and cultural resources held in common, including media, education, language, the environment, and housing. The 2015 Wasserman Forum will examine this development with a keynote address and three panels of practitioners from the visual arts, critical theory, and political activism. Speakers will consider contemporary public art from multiple perspectives: its role in recent revolutionary contexts, including Turkey and Egypt; its intersection with digital culture; and its purpose in an era of privatization.
The Forum will take place at the List Center, Bartos Theatre, Lower Level. Free and open to the public. Registration required. To register click here.