Mark Dion

Museum Culture

2- Week Intensive
Feb 6th - 16th
Mon, Tues, Wed 12:30 - 3 pm EST

cost
2,500 USD
THIS WEEK ONLY
Partial Scholarship for Environmental Artists and Curators
Awards of 500 USD
Apply through our Enroll form
Scholarship Deadline Nov. 28th

Museums; what are they? where did they come from? and who are they for? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this intensive sociocultural class, conducted with customary Mark Dion humor and joy. One of the central topics investigated in this course will be an exploration of contemporary artists who collaborate with museums as an experimental laboratory. These artists’ interdisciplinary and critical interventions within museums will be central to the class discourse, led and explored by an artist who has worked in such a manner. Andrea Fraser, Fred Wilson, and other artists who work with museums to undermine or challenge their institutional purpose will be highlighted. Should be great fun.

Mark Dion

was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.

Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Appropriating archaeological, field ecology, 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 also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos, and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature.

2- Week Intensive
Feb 6th - 16th
Mon, Tues, Wed 12:30 - 3 pm EST

cost
2,500 USD
THIS WEEK ONLY
Partial Scholarship for Environmental Artists and Curators
Awards of 500 USD
Apply through our Enroll form
Scholarship Deadline Nov. 28th