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The 2012 deCordova Biennial
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On View Jan 22, 2012 - Apr 22, 2012

The 2012 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing the quality and variety of work rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting artists from across New England, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. The exhibition is co-curated by deCordova Curator, Dina Deitsch and Independent Curator and former owner/director of the Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA, Abigail Ross Goodman. The 2012 deCordova Biennial features 23 artists and collaboratives and occupies almost the entirety of the Museum and beyond—reaching into the park, Boston, and nearby communities through several public, off-site projects.

The 2012 deCordova Biennial Artists:

Antoniadis & Stone      Caitlin Berrigan
Taylor Davis                   Jo Dery
Kim Faler                        Matthew Gamber
Jessica Gath                 Jonathan Gitelson
Eric Gottesman             Corin Hewitt
Lauren Kalman             Steve Lambert
Mary Lum                       Megan and Murray McMillan
Ann Pibal                        Matt Saunders
South End Knitters      Chris Taylor
Ven Voisey                    Anna Von Mertens
Joe Wardwell               Cullen Bryant Washington, Jr.
Joe Zane

For The 2012 deCordova Biennial Deitsch and Goodman invited Ian Berry, Curator, Tang Museum at Skidmore College; Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; and Denise Markonish, Curator, Mass MoCA to participate as Advisory Board contributors.

The 2012 deCordova Biennial will be accompanied by an 88-page, color catalogue featuring essays by the curators and a guest essay about public art by Gavin Kroeber.   Available online and in the deCordova | Store.

The 2012 deCordova Biennial is made possible in part by generous support from the Deborah A. Hawkins Charitable Trust, The Robert E. Davoli and Eileen L. McDonagh Charitable Foundation, Barbara and Jonathan Lee, and by a grant from the Artists’ Resource Trust. Special thanks to print media sponsor The Boston Globe, in-kind media sponsor WBUR, and official hotel sponsor The Onyx Hotel.

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Read the 2012 deCordova Biennial press release.

Learn more about The 2010 deCordova Biennial.

 

Exhibition-Related Programs and Performances

All programs at deCordova are free with Museum admission.
Admission to the Cyclorama at the BCA is free. 

Artist Discussion: Minimalism Revived
Taylor Davis and Mary Lum
Saturday, January 28, 2 pm at deCordova

Exhibiting artists Taylor Davis and Mary Lum will discuss the resurgence of Abstract Minimalism in contemporary art. Abstract Minimalism has strong roots in a male-centric art historical tradition, but women are increasingly engaged with this movement in contemporary art practice. Davis and Lum will address what Minimalism is as an art movement and how it pertains to their respective bodies of work. Artist discussion will be followed by a brief Q & A period.

Spectrum of Inevitable Violence
Installation by Caitlin Berrigan at the Cyclorama
Open to the public February 13–19 from 3–5 pm, free admission
In partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts
Cyclorama at the BCA | 539 Tremont Street

Interactive Performance: Spectrum of Inevitable Violence
Wednesday, February 15, 6 pm, free admission
Cyclorama at the BCA | 539 Tremont Street

The unresolved, elusive, but timely forces of cultural and spatial politics are at the heart of Caitlin Berrigan’s Spectrum of Inevitable Violence, which will transform the Cyclorama into a massive arena to explode ideas about social class. Berrigan, who often integrates performance with edible art, asks participants to analyze their class background and map it out as a territory to defend in a dynamic confrontation—with food as ammunition. This battle provides an outlet for all the tensions that lie below the surface of language, and for the inadequacy of survey and analysis to fully represent interpersonal coercions of class and social mobility. 

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Caitlin is seeking to fill the Cyclorama with people of all ages and walks of life to engage in this participatory performance to both thoughtfully and playfully address social class. Please arrive on time to the event, where you will take an anonymous survey, score and map out the results in the space. The battle will ensue… no one will be put “on the spot” but all will be asked to participate in a vigorous group activity. Dress appropriately to get messy. 

Please email programs@decordova.org to register to participate. 

Artist Discussion: Ambiguous Affiliations
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm, free admission
Cyclorama at the BCA | 539 Tremont Street

Caitlin Berrigan will be joined by Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, curator LA GALERÍA, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, and James G. Ennis, Associate Professor of Sociology at Tufts University with an expertise in social movements to discuss subjects surrounding Spectrum of Inevitable Violence, such as the slippery affiliations of social class, the role culture plays in their dynamics, and how personal interrelations of class enter into larger political domains. 

Curator Tour with Abigail Ross Goodman
Saturday, February 25, 2 pm at deCordova

Tour The 2012 deCordova Biennial with one of the exhibition co-curators. The public will have a chance to gain a curatorial perspective behind conceiving an exhibition showcasing innovative New England artists.

Artist Discussion: Artistic Collaboration
Antoniadis & Stone, Megan and Murray McMillan
Saturday, March 10, 2 pm at deCordova

Join exhibiting artists Alexi Antoniadis, Nico Stone, and Megan and Murray McMillan as they discuss what it is like to work collaboratively with another artist, and how working as a team affects their creative practice. The artists will bring light to questions such as what is in a name, where does each artist’s creativity come to light, and how do artistic collaborations logistically work. Artist discussion will be followed by a brief Q & A period.

South End Knitters
March 24, 12–3 pm, at deCordova

Come and work with the South End Knitters and ‘yarn bomb’ deCordova. This is a drop-in program open to all knitters and those that would like to learn.

Curator Tour with Dina Deitsch
Thursday, April 5, 2 pm at deCordova

Tour The 2012 deCordova Biennial with one of the exhibition co-curators. The public will have a chance to gain a curatorial perspective behind conceiving an exhibition showcasing innovative New England artists. 

Artist Discussion: Musical Influences
Joe Wardwell and Ven Voisey
Saturday, April 7, 2 pm at deCordova

Join exhibiting artists Joe Wardwell and Ven Voisey as they discuss how music is incorporated into their bodies of work in general, and more specifically to their work on view in The 2012 deCordova Biennial. Artist discussion will be followed by a brief Q & A session.

Capitalism Works For Me! True/False, Steve Lambert
In April this participatory piece will travel to the streets of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and more. 

Interactive Performance: Jessica Gath, For You, [W]Rapper
Saturdays through the exhibition, 11 am–3 pm

Boston-based conceptual artist Jessica Gath will present For You, [W]Rapper, in which she accepts, wraps and returns objects to Museum visitors. DeCordova invites you to bring a gift for a friend or a loved one so you may participate in Gath’s performance.

 

 

Family Programs 

Eye Wonder Family Program
Eye Wonder is a monthly drop-in program for families which focuses on careful looking and creative art projects. During February, March, and April each Eye Wonder will focus on a different Biennial artist.
Sunday, February 5, 1–3 pm
Sunday, March 4, 1–3 pm
Sunday, April 1, 1–3 pm, with Biennial artist Jonathan Gitelson

Family Day: Color
Saturday, February 18, 11 am–3 pm

Families with children of all ages are invited to explore how artists employ color and why some decide to work in black and white. The day will consist of art activities, artist demonstrations, storytelling, and more!

February Vacation Week
Tuesday–Friday, February 2124

Drop-in as a family every day during February vacation week from 1–3 pm for an art activity that relates to the current exhibitions: The 2012 deCordova Biennial, Wall Works, and PLATFORM 8: Soo Sunny Park and Spencer Topel, Capturing Resonance. Program designed for all ages.

April Vacation Week
Tuesday–Friday, April 1720

Drop-in as a family every day during April vacation week from 1–3 pm for an art activity that relates to the current exhibitions: The 2012 deCordova Biennial, Wall Works, and PLATFORM 8: Soo Sunny Park and Spencer Topel, Capturing Resonance. Program designed for all ages.