History of the Venice Biennale: Contemporary Art on the Global Stage with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

History of the Venice Biennale: Contemporary Art on the Global Stage with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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Description

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 founding of this institution as well as its now more than 125-year-long history as a premier venue for the exhibition of global contemporary art. Providing an overview of artistic trends at the exposition, stretching from the end of the nineteenth and into the early twenty-first century, this conversation will highlight the history of the various national pavilions in the Giardini as well as the political context in which different editions of the fair emerged. 

We will also discuss the ways in which the biennale contains not only country-specific representatives but also, in the last few decades, a thematic show organized by an appointed guest curator. As such, we will touch on touchstones expositions mounted by notable curators, such as Harald Szeeman, Francesco Bonami, Maria de Corral and Rosa Martinez, Robert Storr, Daniel Birnbaum, Bice Curiger, Massimiliano Gioni, Okwui Enwezor, Christine Macel, and Ralph Rugoff, with a view toward preparing to appreciate the upcoming Biennale currently in preparation by Cecilia Alemani. 

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and exhibitions, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this Conversation will provide a framework for understanding not only the Venice Biennale but also other global art fairs, such as Documenta, the São Paulo Bienal, and more. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of how global contemporary art fairs emerged as well as how Venice remains distinct today. 
About Your Expert

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a 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).

Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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