Artist Talk: Mark Dion
Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Interdisciplinary Initiatives program is pleased to present a talk by conceptual artist Mark Dion at Alabama Song.
About the Artist
Mark 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, or “rational, scientific methods and subjective, or 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, Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society.
Learn more and see his work at https://art21.org/artist/mark-dion/.