As most of you know I am a docent at the IMA, an blogging artist and a member of several local and state art organizations. As such I want to tell you how proud I am to be a volunteer at and supporter of the IMA, This is a phenomononal accomplishment!
From Maxwell Anderson, Indianapolis Museum of Art:
It is with great pleasure I inform you that the IMA has been selected to represent the United States at the 2011 La Biennale di Venezia, the 54th International Art Exhibition, and present the work of Puerto Rico-based artist collaborative Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. The Venice Biennale is often described as the Olympic games of the contemporary art world, with more than 70 nations presenting the newest and best works from their respective countries.
The IMA will present the work of Allora & Calzadilla at the U.S. Pavilion in Venice, Italy, on view June 4 through November 27, 2011. The U.S. Pavilion is organized by the IMA and is presented by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, which supports and manages the official United States participation at selected international exhibitions.
Lisa Freiman, Chair of the IMA’s Department of Contemporary Art, who both conceived and prepared this ambitious proposal, will serve as Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. My sincere congratulations to Lisa on the heels of the triumph of 100 Acres!
Our proposal, selected by the U.S. Department of State, features new works by Allora & Calzadilla that employ a variety of artistic practices to pose important questions about the relationships among art, politics and international identity. These multimedia works will utilize performance, sculpture, video and sound elements to highlight the role of art in framing and exploring complex social issues such as national identity, democracy, militarism and freedom. This will be the first time the U.S. Pavilion will feature an artist collaborative, and the first that time that the U.S. Pavilion will feature artists who live and work in Puerto Rico.