Mark Dion Lecture at East Carolina University
March 29th, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Jenkins Room 1220
Talk with Mark Dion
March 30th, 2017
Student Lounge (Jenkins 208)
Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. “The job of the artist,” he says, “is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.” Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between “objective” (“rational”) scientific methods and “subjective” (“irrational”) influences.
Dion earned a BFA in 1986 from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and was also awarded an honorary doctorate in 2003. Presently, Dion lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania with his wife, the artist Dana Sherwood. Dion is currently a mentor at Columbia University in New York and co-director of Mildred’s Lane, a visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.
Dion is the subject of a monograph published by Phaidon and a documentary on the PBS series, art:21. In 2012, Dion’s work was included in dOCUMENTA 13, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in Kassel, Germany, and has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1 in New York, Guggenheim Bilbao, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Tate Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Perhaps his best-known work is the Neukom Vivarium, an installation in Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA. The artist has also has completed other public commissions which include Den, a site-specific installation for the National Tourist Routes in Norway (2012), An Archaeology of Knowledge for Johns Hopkins University (2012), and Ship in a Bottle for Port of Los Angeles Waterfront (2011).
Dion has received the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008).