Biennials, Triennials, and More! Contemporary Art on the Global Scene with Dr. Jennie Hirsh - Context Travel

Biennials, Triennials, and More! Contemporary Art on the Global Scene with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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The Venice Biennale in 1895 was the first of its kind of bi-annual contemporary art and architecture exhibitions on the world stage. During this seminar, we will learn about the relationship between contemporary art biennials and world’s fairs, along with the types of art and political agendas premiered at these shows.

Venice set the stage for large-scale contemporary art events and inspired many variants worldwide. We will examine how other exhibitions, such as Documenta in Germany and the São Paulo Bienal in Brazil, expanded the format and goals of such shows. We will also consider how the proliferation of biennials across the world has created an ever-changing landscape for showcasing new voices in contemporary art and has impacted the evolution of curating art. We will consider events in New York, New Mexico, Sydney, and Istanbul in our discussion.

Finally, our conversation will highlight a few of the fascinating buildings commissioned for these events, such as the Venezuelan Pavilion by Carlo Scarpa in Venice and the Bienal Pavilion by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paolo, acclaimed architectural spectacles aimed at drawing visitors from around the world.

Led by an expert on contemporary art, architecture, and exhibitions, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will illustrate how these temporary yet regularly held contemporary art events have facilitated an international exchange of aesthetic, political, and cultural ideas for artists, spectators, and collectors from the late nineteenth century until today.

Jennie Hirsh (PhD, Bryn Mawr College) is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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An Excellent Seminar

Jennie Hirsh described the seminar as action-packed and it was! Jennie was able to put the Biennials into a historical and architectural prospective and also introduce us to innovative contemporary art using wonderful visuals - all in one seminar. A very informative and worthwhile seminar.

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Excellent lecture and very experienced and well prepared lecturer

Having been to a few Venice Biennales I enjoyed getting the background of how the Biennale started and the different artists and curators that have participated over the years. Also background on the architecture of the pavillions.

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An Excellent Seminar

Jennie Hirsh described the seminar as action-packed and it was! Jennie was able to put the Biennials into a historical and architectural prospective and also introduce us to innovative contemporary art using wonderful visuals - all in one seminar. A very informative and worthwhile seminar.

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Triennials

Terrific

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Excellent lecture and very experienced and well prepared lecturer

Having been to a few Venice Biennales I enjoyed getting the background of how the Biennale started and the different artists and curators that have participated over the years. Also background on the architecture of the pavillions.