Appropriating the methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, artist Mark Dion works at the borders of science, natural history, art, and critical practices to understand how knowledge is produced through "things." Collaborating with scientists, artists, and museums, Dion conducted the renown Tate Thames Dig (1999), established the Neukom Vivarium (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Systema Metropolis at the Natural History Museum, London (2007), The South Florida Wildlife Rescue Unit at Miami Art Museum (2006), Rescue Archaeology, a project for the Museum of Modern Art (2004), and the lyrical Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered, among many others. Dion's work is an enterprise of re-imagination, a re-engagement with the universe of objects to provoke new forms of curiosity that engage in, of, and with the world.
Mark Dion: Conrad Nelson Lecture
Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium
Mark Dion has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucida Art Award (2008). He is a featured artist on PBS acclaimed series Art21 and presently a mentor at Columbia University in New York and co-director of Mildred's Land, an innovative visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania. His visit and talk has been made possible with the generous co-sponsorship of The Phillips Museum of Art, The Public Affairs Lecture Fund, and the Miller Humanities Fund.