This Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm – Mark Dion in Conversation with Nora Lawrence, Presented by Storm King Art Center and SVA Theatre


In Conversation with Nora Lawrence
Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Presented by Storm King Art Center and SVA Theatre, School of Visual Arts

SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY, 10011

Join Mark Dion for a program inspired by his architectural follies and upcoming exhibition at Storm King Art Center. Since the mid-1990s, Dion has frequently employed the form of the architectural folly in his ongoing investigation of intersections between culture and nature. Visitors to these compact, decorative structures are invited to peer through windows and doors, and in some instances enter and explore their intricate interiors. Through these enclosed installations Dion makes possible his presentation of complex visual material in public and outdoor spaces.

Admission to this program is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes prior to the event. Registration for the event is available here. General Admission RSVPs are appreciated and suggested for updates about the event. Please note, however, we cannot guarantee admittance.

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About Mark Dion
Mark Dion was born in 1961 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He initially studied in 1981-2 at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut, which awarded him a BFA (1986) and honorary doctorate in 2002. From 1983 to 1984 he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and then the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program (1984-1985). He is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University in the UK (2014), and has an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (Ph.D.) from The Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia (2015).

Dion has received numerous awards, including 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).  He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); Tate Gallery, London (1999); and the British Museum of Natural History in London (2007). “Neukom Vivarium” (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion produced a major permanent commission, OCEANOMANIA: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas for the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco. In 2016 Dion and his curatorial collaborator Sarina Basta produced the large-scale exhibition, ExtraNaturel: Voyage initiatique dans la collection des Beaux-Arts de Paris, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Mark Dion is co-director of Mildred’s Lane, an innovative visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania. Dion lives with his wife and frequent collaborator, Dana Sherwood, in Copake, NY and works worldwide.

Opening May 4, Mark Dion: Follies is a major survey at Storm King Art Center uniting the artist’s signature follies, some of which are recreated and made site specific, along with related drawings and prints.

About Nora Lawrence
Nora Lawrence is Senior Curator at Storm King Art Center. Since joining the Art Center in 2011, Ms. Lawrence founded a yearly exhibition program devoted to emerging and mid-career artists (Outlooks), and created a partnership between Storm King and The Shandaken Project that established Storm King’s first-ever artist residency. She has organized and co-organized exhibitions for Storm King, including Indicators: Artists on Climate Change (2018); Outlooks: Elaine Cameron-Weir (2018); David Smith: The White Sculptures (2017); Outlooks: Heather Hart (2017); Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio (2016); Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson (2016); Lynda Benglis: Water Sources (2015); Outlooks: Luke Stettner (2015); Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition (2014); Outlooks: Virginia Overton (2014); Thomas Houseago: As I Went Out One Morning (2013); David Brooks (2013); and Storm King’s 2012 exhibition, Light and Landscape, which was a finalist for the International Association of Art Critics award for Best Project in a Public Space. Prior to joining Storm King, Ms. Lawrence was a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked on a number of exhibitions, including Ernesto Neto: Navedenga (2010), which she co-curated; Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today (2008); and Focus: Picasso Sculpture (2008) among others. She has also worked at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City.

Ms. Lawrence has authored and co-authored several publications, including Indicators: Artists on Climate Change (2018); David Smith: The White Sculptures (2017); Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio (2016); Lynda Benglis: Water Sources(2015); Mark di Suvero (2015); Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition (2014); Monet’s Water Lilies (2009); Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today (2008); and Armando Reverón (2007), and contributed an essay to the award-winning MoMA volume The Modern Woman (2010). She has taught courses at MoMA, the School of Visual Arts, and the University of Southern California. She holds a degree from Pomona College, an MA in art history from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Philosophy degree from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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