United States Pavilion
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
The IMA has been selected to represent the United States at the 2011 La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) and present the work of Puerto Rico-based artist collaborative Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. Often described as the Olympic games of the contemporary art world, more the 70 nations present the newest and best works from their respective countries every other year at the Venice Biennale. This year marks the 54th International Art Exhibition.
The IMA will present the work of Allora & Calzadilla at the U.S. Pavilion in Venice, Italy from June 4 through November 27, 2011. The U.S. pavilion 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, will serve as Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion.
Allora & Calzadilla
Working together since 1995, Jennifer Allora (b. 1974, Philadelphia, Penn.) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971, Havana, Cuba) are a collaborative that lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Allora & Calzadilla create works that blend sculpture, photography, performance, sound, and video. Their work has been featured in solo exhibitions internationally, including Haus der Kunst in Münich, Germany (2008), Serpentine Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (2007), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2008), Kunsthalle Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland (2007), National Museum of Art in Oslo, Norway (2009), and the Renaissance Society in Chicago (2007). Allora & Calzadilla's piece Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art from December 8, 2010, to January 10, 2011. The collaborative pair has also been included in group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial (2006); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Norway (2009); the Musée d'Art Moderne de La Ville de Paris/Arc (2004) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris; The New Museum in New York (2008); and Barbican (2008) and Tate Modern Galleries (2003) in London among others.
Allora received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996) and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003) and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Calzadilla received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996) and a Master of Fine Arts from Bard College (2003).