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On View Sep 02, 2012 - Sep 13, 2013
Dan
Peterman
Exhibition Location: Entrance Plaza

Since the 1980s, Chicago-based artist Dan Peterman has explored the intersection of art and ecology through a practice that is more in line with the poetic, than the didactic. Peterman is a socially motivated artist who has embraced a wide variety of formal and situational strategies to critically address the exhaustion of resources in our society. He uses a range of materials including recycled plastic and metals, as well as organic and post-consumer waste in his sculptures, installations, and public art projects. For his project at deCordova, Peterman will site his sculpture, Love Podium in the Museum Entrance Plaza as a functional platform for spoken performances. As part of a slate of programming proposed by our museum audience, speakers will activate the Love Podium by simultaneously reading texts that represent opposing views on a single topic. Installed just before the 2012 Presidential election, the podium presents and problematizes this divisive age of polarization, while also offering a platform for engaged citizenry.

PLATFORM is a series of solo exhibitions by early- and mid-career artists from both the New England and national arts communities. These shows focus on work that engages with deCordova's unique architectural spaces and social, geographical, and physical location. The PLATFORM series is intended as a support for creativity and expression of new ideas, and as a catalyst for dialogue about contemporary art.

Download the PLATFORM 10 brochure.

The 2011-2012 PLATFORM series is generously funded by James and Audrey Foster.

No longer on view.

 

Dan Peterman lives and works in Chicago. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1983 and his MFA from the University of Chicago in 1986. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Venice Biennial, Italy; Van Abbemuseum , Eindhoven, Netherlands; Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland; Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, IL; among other venues. Peterman is also a founder and director of the Experimental Station, an innovative, Chicago-based incubator of small scale enterprise and cultural projects (www,experimentalstation.org). He is recipient of University Scholar Award from UIC; Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

Peterman is represented by Galerie Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY.

pARTicipate
Saturday, September 15, 11 am–3 pm

Celebrate the collaborative and participatory nature of the fall exhibitions and new Park installations. Join artist collective Okay Mountain for the unveiling of their brand new Park intervention, view the inaugural reading at Dan Peterman’s Love Podium, tour Jean Shin and Brian Ripel’s exhibition Retreat, pARTicipate in interactive tours and arts activities for all ages, and more!

Schedule of Events:

11 am: pARTicipate with the Okay Mountain artist collective

12 pm: Inaugural Public Reading at Dan Peterman’s Love Podium 

1 pm: Curator Tour with Lexi Lee Sullivan of Jean Shin and Brian Ripel: Retreat followed by tea service on the Rappaport Roof Terrace

2 pm: pARTicipate Interactive Sculpture Park Tour

Ongoing:

11 am–1 pm: ARTfull Explorations in the Dewey Family Gallery

1–3 pm:  Tea Service on the Rappaport Roof Terrace

1–3 pm: Pop Up Process Gallery 

Public Reading at Dan Peterman’s Love Podium
Saturday, October 13, 12 pm
Museum Entrance Plaza

Come witness local groups presenting opposing views on current events and community topics while activating PLATFORM 10 artist Dan Peterman's public sculpture Love Podium.

Public Reading at Dan Peterman’s Love Podium
Saturday, November 3, 12 pm
Museum Entrance Plaza

Come witness local groups presenting opposing views on current events and community topics while activating PLATFORM 10 artist Dan Peterman's public sculpture Love Podium.