Thursday, April 30, 2009

Extra Credit!!! Artist Mark Dion Lecture Monday, May 4th

Up next in the MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is internationally-known artist Mark Dion. The lecture will be held on Monday, May 4th at 7:30 in PSU's Shattuck Annex.

Dion's work relates to our final project and extra credit will be given to ART 112 students who attend the lecture and post a blog summary.

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. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkabinetts of the 16th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society.

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