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La Biennale di Venezia | Stati Uniti d'America : Tomorrow is Another Day, Mark Bradford
The artist Mark Bradford, outside the building where his mother once ran a hair salon, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. Photographs by Jason Schmidt; Digital technician: Gal Harpaz. Detail.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Tomorrow is Another Day, Mark Bradford

 

Commissioners: Christopher Bedford, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and Adjunct Professor of the Practice in Fine Arts, Brandeis University.
Curators: Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel, Senior Programming and Research Curator, The Baltimore Museum of Art.
Exhibitor: Mark Bradford.
Venue: Giardini and San Polo 2559/A (Fondamenta dei Frari)

www.markbradfordvenice2017.org

 

U.S. PAVILION AT LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 57TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION TO FEATURE TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY WITH NEW WORK BY MARK BRADFORD PROJECT WILL INCLUDE MULTI-YEAR COLLABORATION BETWEEN BRADFORD AND VENICE SOCIAL COOPERATIVE, RIO TERÀ DEI PENSIERI

BALTIMORE, MD, January 25, 2017 – The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, will present Mark Bradford as the representative for the United States at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition, on view from May 13 to November 26, 2017. Los Angeles-based Bradford, a leading light in contemporary art, will create new works in a variety of media—presented alongside existing work—for Tomorrow Is Another Day, co-curated by Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director and commissioner for the project; and Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming and Research Curator.

In conjunction with the U.S. Pavilion exhibition, Bradford will embark on a six-year collaboration with Venice social cooperative nonprofit Rio Terà dei Pensieri, which provides employment opportunities to men and women incarcerated in Venice to create artisanal goods and other products and supports their re-integration into society. Titled Process Collettivo, the Rio Terà dei Pensieri/Bradford collaboration aims to launch a sustainable longterm program that brings awareness to both the penal system and the success of the social cooperative model. A storefront, located in the heart of Venice, will be the initial manifestation of the collaboration, which will be open to the public in April 2017.

Mark Bradford is known for abstract paintings and collage-based works that recapture mid-century American art’s capacity to conjure the sublime and evoke deep feeling, while incorporating layers of social and personal commentary. In parallel with his studio work, Bradford is deeply engaged with social issues, as co-founder of Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization Art + Practice, which encourages education and culture by supporting the needs of foster youth predominantly living in South Los Angeles, and providing access to free, museum-curated art exhibitions and moderated art lectures to the community of Leimert Park. The artist’s equivalent commitments to formal intervention and social activism anchor his contribution to culture at large, and embody his belief that contemporary artists can reinvent the world we share.

The U.S. Pavilion exhibition Tomorrow Is Another Day will reflect Bradford’s interest in renewing traditions of abstract and materialist painting, as well as his longtime social and intellectual interests, most notably in marginalized populations. For the five galleries of the U.S. Pavilion, Bradford will create a multilayered narrative that progresses through the building’s spaces and reflects the artist’s belief in the capacity of art to expose contradictory histories and inspire action in the present day.

 

PROCESS COLLETTIVO: Rio Terà dei Pensieri / Mark Bradford

Bradford’s distinctive vision will also inform Process Collettivo, which will leverage the world stage of La Biennale di Venezia to foster a deeper understanding of the limitations of penal systems and support a social cooperative model that addresses some of those limitations by creating a bridge of opportunity for inmates and those recently released. Over a six-year period, a storefront space in the Frari district of Venice, developed and programmed by Rio Terà dei Pensieri and Bradford, will sell artisanal goods made by Venice prison inmates; provide opportunities for employment to formerly incarcerated individuals; and function as a resource center for former inmates to receive support services, including access to job training, housing, mental health services, and workshops that teach practical skills. All proceeds from merchandise sales will support Rio Terà dei Pensieri in expanding and sustaining the cooperative for years to come.Throughout Process Collettivo, Rio Terà dei Pensieri and Bradford will assess the project’s impact in improving the lives of former inmates and aim to reshape the negative perceptions surrounding the penal system and the formerly incarcerated.

“Mark’s approach to the U.S. Pavilion project—encompassing both his exhibition and Process Collettivo— exemplifies his distinctly material approach to contending with social issues, particularly those impacting the margins of society,” said Bedford, BMA director and former director of the Rose Art Museum. “Just as Mark will actualize social change beyond the walls of the Pavilion, the BMA aims to bring contemporary art beyond our walls and into our local community. It is a privilege to work with Mark to advance these shared interests through the international platform of the Venice Biennale.”

This will be the second time that BMA has served as a commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion. In 1960, the BMA was invited to organize the Pavilion by Porter A. McCray, chairman of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition was co-curated by BMA Director Adelyn Breeskin and Chief Curator Dr. Gertrude Rosenthal, featuring four New York School Abstract Expressionist artists: Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Philip Guston, and the sculptor Theodore Roszak.

To learn more about Mark Bradford and the U.S. Pavilion, please visit www.markbradfordvenice2017.org.

 


SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, April 29, 18:00 p.m.
Rio Terà dei Penseri Retail Store Grand Opening
San Polo 2995/A Fondamenta di Frari 30125, Venice

Artist Mark Bradford celebrates Process Collettivo, his six-year collaboration with the Venetian social cooperative Rio Terà dei Pensieri, with the grand opening of a new retail center. Hand-crafted bags, accessories, and cosmetics and produced by prisoners involved in the social cooperative program will be offered for sale at this location.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 19:00 p.m.
Commissioner’s Dinner – $5,000 per person
Granai della Repubblica, Hotel Cipriani, Giudecca 10, Venice
Celebrate the opening of Tomorrow is Another Day with a black-tie dinner and cocktails at the lovely Hotel Cipriani. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and The Baltimore Museum of Art. For more information about how to purchase tickets, please call Katie Cooke at 443-573-1809 or email BiennaleEvents@artbma.org

 

Thursday, May 11, 11:00 a.m.
U.S. Pavilion Press Conference
U.S. Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale, Venice
Mark Bradford’s Tomorrow Is Another Day, the official U.S. representation at the 57th International Art Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia—is co-organized by the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and The Baltimore Museum of Art and is presented by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The exhibition is produced with the collaboration of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

 

Thursday, May 11, 14:00 p.m.
Book Signing with Mark Bradford
Rio Terà dei Pensieri Store, San Polo 2995/A Fondamenta di Frari 30125, Venice
Artist Mark Bradford will sign copies of the exhibition catalogue, Tomorrow is Another Day, which can be purchased at the store.

 

Thursday, May 11, 18:00 p.m.
Artist Talk with Christopher Bedford, Katy Siegel, Okwui Enwezor & Mark Bradford (by invitation only)
Monaco Hotel & Grand Canal, Vallaresso Room; Piazza San Marco, 1332, 30124 Venice
Mark Bradford and curator Okwui Enwezor participate in a conversation with Christopher Bedford on inclusive art history, moderated by Katy Siegel.

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 14:00 p.m.
In-Gallery Conversation: Artist Jack Whitten & Senior Curator Katy Siegel
Contemporary Wing, The Baltimore Museum of Art
Artist Jack Whitten joins BMA Senior Research and Programming Curator Katy Siegel in a thought-provoking conversation about the trajectory of social abstraction, and specifically Black abstraction, from the post-War years and Jack’s work to the contemporary moment and the work of Mark Bradford.

Friday, June 9, 2017, 16:00 p.m.
Artists in Conversation: Mark Bradford and Sharon Lockhart
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice
American artists Mark Bradford and Sharon Lockhart will discuss their creative practices and social engagement for approximately one hour followed by an audience Q and A.

 


TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY, THE ACCOMPANYING CATALOGUE TO MARK BRADFORD’S EXHIBITION FOR THE U.S. PAVILION AT THE 2017 VENICE BIENNALE, EXPLORES THE CREATIVE PROCESS AND HISTORIC AND SOCIAL CONTEXTS FOR THE ARTIST’S WORK

Catalogue Features Original Essays by Zadie Smith and Anita Hill, Among Others

BALTIMORE, MD (April 13, 2017)—The Baltimore Museum of Art, the presenter of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale along with the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, today announced the publication of Tomorrow Is Another Day, the official catalogue accompanying the exhibition of the same name featuring new work by Mark Bradford for the U.S. Pavilion. The catalogue was created in close collaboration with the artist and Poly-Mode, the design studio of Silas Munro, and is published by Gregory R. Miller & Co. in conjunction with The Baltimore Museum of Art. Tomorrow Is Another Day includes new essays by Zadie Smith, Anita Hill, and others about the importance of Bradford’s work in the current social climate. The catalogue also delves into the development of Bradford’s career as an artist with behind-the-scenes images of Bradford’s creative process and vibrant photography of the art created for the Venice Biennale.

“The catalogue for Tomorrow Is Another Day goes beyond the exhibition of Mark Bradford’s work for the U.S. Pavilion,” said Christopher Bedford, commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion and Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art. “With essays by important authors, historians, and cultural critics, the catalogue places Mark’s work within the context of our society’s vital conversations about race, gender, and identity.”

Tomorrow Is Another Day was envisioned as a companion to Mark Bradford’s exhibition of the same name, both contextualizing Bradford’s works for the U.S. Pavilion and directly responding to them. The catalogue opens with an essay by the co-curators of the U.S. Pavilion exhibition, Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel, the inaugural Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University and BMA Senior Programming and Research Curator. The introduction prefaces a spectrum of historical and critical writings responding to Bradford’s art and also his social activism, in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Venice, and elsewhere:

  • Architecture and Black Autonomy by Peter James Hudson, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, UCLA
  • Speaking Truth by Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
  • Biography of a Painting by Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Chair, Stony Brook University
  • The Art of Productive Dissent by Sarah Lewis, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
  • Niagra by Zadie Smith, award-winning novelist and essayist for The New York Review of Books

The volume additionally features excerpts from two historical texts: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction in America and James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On the Mountain. In Siegel’s words, “Together, these two voices intertwine the magisterial, panoramic view of history, and the texture and physicality of an individual life—mutually inflecting, and equally devoted to truth-telling. Nothing could be more appropriate at a moment when truth and Black lives are both urgent matters of concern.”

The volume is illustrated with a stunning collection of archival photographs that similarly intertwine personal experience and social history, from Bradford’s own childhood photos to images of conflict and possibility dating from the nineteenth century forward. Completing this collection of historical and current critical writings is an extended interview with Mark Bradford by longtime collaborator Christopher Bedford. In this interview, Bradford discusses his life and his career with unprecedented frankness, revealing the social and material spark for his art and his activism.

Advance copies of Tomorrow Is Another Day will be available beginning May 9 in Venice. The book will be widely available to the public in June 2017. ARTBOOK | D.A.P. will distribute the book outside of Europe and Asia. Hatje Cantz will co-publish and will distribute the book in Europe and Asia. Printed in Italy by Conti Tipocolor, the hardbound catalogue is held within a cloth cover printed with gold foil.

 

About Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, where he lives and works. He received a BFA (1995) and MFA (1997) from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Best known for his large-scale abstract paintings that examine the class-, race-, and gender-based economies that structure urban society in the United States, Bradford’s richly layered and collaged canvases represent a connection to the social world through materials. Bradford uses fragments of found posters, billboards, newsprint, and custom-printed paper to simultaneously engage with and advance the formal traditions of abstract painting.

Solo exhibitions include Scorched Earth at the Hammer Museum (2015), Sea Monsters at the Rose Art Museum (2014), Aspen Art Museum (2011), Maps and Manifests at Cincinnati Art Museum (2008), and Neither New Nor Correct at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007). In 2009, Mark Bradford was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award. In 2010, Mark Bradford, a large-scale survey of his work, was organized by Christopher Bedford and presented at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, before traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Beginning November 2017, the artist will present Pickett’s Charge, a monumental commissioned cyclorama of paintings at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

His work has been widely exhibited and has been included in group shows at LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014), Whitney Museum of American Art (2013), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011), Seoul Biennial (2010), the Carnegie International (2008), São Paulo Biennial (2006), and Whitney Biennial (2006).

 

About Poly-Mode

Poly-Mode, a full-service graphic design studio led by Silas N. Munro, primarily works with cultural institutions and community-based organizations, including The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Housing Works, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Walker Art Center, and Wynwood in Miami, Florida. These collaborations have led to everything from information design about New York City Public City Schools, graphics at Housing Works for protesting activists, publication design for the Jacob Lawrence Migration Series at MoMA, and the identity of a formerly predominately Puerto Rican neighborhood in Miami. Community-based projects have been supported by grants and residencies from Designers Talking, Sappi Ideas that Matter, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

 

About the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University

Founded in 1961, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is an educational and cultural institution dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the finest of modern and contemporary art. The programs of the Rose adhere to the overall mission of the university, embracing its values of academic excellence, social justice, and freedom of expression. The museum’s permanent collection of postwar and contemporary art is unequalled in New England and is among the best at any university art museum in the United States. For more information, visit www.brandeis.edu/rose.

Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is named for the late Louis D. Brandeis, the distinguished associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, and reflects his ideals of academic excellence and social justice. The only nonsectarian Jewish-founded institution of higher learning in the United States, Brandeis is one of the world’s youngest private research universities. Located west of Boston, Brandeis’ distinguished faculty are dedicated to the education and support of 3,600 undergraduates and more than 2,000 graduate students. It has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the rankings’ inception. For more information, visit www.brandeis.edu.

 

About The Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th -century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 95,000 objects—including the largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse. Throughout the museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; works by established and emerging contemporary artists; significant artworks from China; stunning Antioch mosaics; and an exceptional collection of art from Africa. The BMA’s galleries also showcase examples from one of the nation’s finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs, and exquisite textiles from around the world. The 210,000-square-foot museum is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens. As a major cultural destination for the region, the BMA hosts a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, and educational programs throughout the year. General admission to the BMA is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art. For more information, visit www.artbma.org.

 

Publication Details

Mark Bradford: Tomorrow Is Another Day Texts by Chris Bedford, Katy Siegel, and others May 2017 Hardcover 216 pages Fully illustrated 9.4375 x 11.875 in $60.00 Project Credits: Design and Production: Silas Munro and Brian Johnson, Poly-Mode Text Editor: David Frankel Proofreader: Lynn Scrabis Media contacts: Anne Mannix Brown, Baltimore Museum of Art, 410-274-9907, venicemedia@bma.org Megan Ardery, Resnicow and Associates, 212-671-5178, venicemedia@bma.org Barbara Escobar, Resnicow and Associates, 212-671-5174, venicemedia@bma.org Andrea Cihlarova, Resnicow and Associates, 212-671-5164, venicemedia@bma.org


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