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).

Mark Bradford is represented worldwide by Hauser & Wirth.

Commissioner & Co-Curators

Christopher Bedford, U.S. Pavilion Commissioner and Co-Curator

Christopher Bedford is the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the 10th director to lead the museum, which is renowned for its outstanding collections of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Recognized as an innovative and dynamic leader, Bedford served as director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University for four years prior to joining the BMA. His previous experience includes curatorial positions at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and J. Paul Getty Museum. Born in Scotland and raised in the United States and the UK, Bedford has a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and has studied in the doctoral programs at the University of Southern California and the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London. He is currently a trustee of Art + Practice, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

Katy Siegel, U.S. Pavilion Co-Curator

Katy Siegel is the Senior Curator for Research and Programming at The Baltimore Museum of Art and inaugural Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University. Among her curated exhibitions are Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965, with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes at the Haus der Kunst, Munich; Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971-1974, Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975, co-curated with Christopher Wool, and many other shows at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, where she was Curator at Large; and High Times Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-75, which toured internationally. Her books include “The heroine Paint”: After Frankenthaler; Since ’45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art; and Abstract Expressionism. Siegel is also a contributing editor at Artforum. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, and her M.A. and her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rio Terà dei Pensieri

Rio Terà dei Pensieri is a nonprofit social cooperative that provides opportunities for work placement and social reintegration to men and women within Venice’s prisons. Rio Terà dei Pensieri trains prisoners to produce cosmetics, design and manufacture PVC bags, as well as operate a silkscreen laboratory. All products are available to the public for purchase.

Rio Terà dei Pensieri is part of a 13-member collective of social cooperatives working with incarcerated persons in the Italian prison system called FREEDHOME. This collective provides an extensive network of employment opportunities to current and formerly incarcerated persons. Participants are trained to make artisanal products, building vocational skills for future job opportunities outside of the collective network.

For more information, visit www.rioteradeipensieri.org

The Baltimore Museum of Art

Founded in 1914, The Baltimore Museum of Art is a major cultural destination recognized for engaging diverse audiences through dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational and community outreach programs. The BMA’s internationally renowned collection of 95,000 objects  encompasses more than 1,000 works by Henri Matisse anchored by the famed Cone Collection of modern art, as well as one of the nation’s finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs. The galleries showcase an exceptional collection of art from Africa; important works by established and emerging contemporary artists; outstanding European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; significant artworks from China; ancient Antioch mosaics; and exquisite textiles from around the world. The 210,000-square-foot museum is also distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of 20th-century sculpture. The BMA is located in Charles Village, three miles north of the Inner Harbor, and is adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University. General admission to the BMA is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.

Board of Trustees

  • Clair Zamoiski Segal, Chair
  • James D. Thornton, Vice Chair
  • Virginia K. Adams
  • William Backstrom
  • Alexander C. Baer
  • Ann Allston Boyce
  • Diane Cho
  • Stiles Tuttle Colwill
  • Ellen R. Dame
  • Gwen Davidson
  • Nancy L. Dorman
  • Amy Elias
  • Nupur Parekh Flynn
  • Sandra Levi Gerstung
  • John A. Gilpin
  • Martha Glenn
  • Amy Gould
  • F. Mackey Hughes
  • Patricia H. Joseph
  • Barbara Katz
  • Susan B. Katzenberg
  • Frederick Singley Koontz
  • Robyn Brenza Kress
  • Madeline E. Lacovara
  • Daniel Leraris
  • Jennifer O’Hara Martin
  • Amy Frenkil Meadows
  • John Meyerhoff
  • Fiona Ong
  • Rhonda Overby
  • Donald J. Peters
  • Michael Rosenbaum
  • Kirsten Sandberg
  • Alan Schwartz
  • Jean Silber
  • William Taylor IV
  • Kenneth Ulman
  • Mark Wagner
  • David W. Wallace
  • David Warnock
  • Leana S. Wen

Honorary Trustees

  • Constance R. Caplan
  • Suzanne F. Cohen
  • Anthony W. Deering
  • Janet E. Dunn
  • Katherine M. Hardiman
  • Margot W.M. Heller
  • Louise P. Hoblitzell
  • J. Woodford Howard, Jr.
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski III
  • Mary B. Hyman
  • Jeanette Kimmel
  • Jeffrey A. Legum
  • Charles W. Newhall III
  • James S. Riepe
  • Frederica K. Saxon
  • Louis B. Thalheimer
  • Ellen W.P. Wasserman
  • Calman J. Zamoiski, Jr.

National Trustees

  • Bernice Barth
  • Sylvia de Cuevas
  • Monroe Denton
  • Barbara Duthuit
  • Brenda Edelson
  • Phillips Hathaway
  • Joseph Holtzman
  • Stephen Mazoh
  • Edward S. Pantzer

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is among the nation’s premier university museums dedicated to 20th and 21st century art. A center of cultural and intellectual life on campus, the museum serves as a living textbook for object-based learning, a home and resource for artists, and a catalyst for artistic expression, scholarly innovation, and the production of new knowledge through art. With its international collections, changing exhibitions, and diverse public programs, the Rose affirms and advances the values of freedom of expression, academic excellence, global diversity, and social justice that are the hallmarks of Brandeis University.

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.

Board of Advisors

  • Lizbeth Krupp, Chair
  • Gannit Ankori
  • Leslie Aronzon
  • Mark Bradford
  • Jennifer M. Combs
  • Rena M. Conti
  • Manuel de Santaren
  • Tory Fair
  • Gerald S. Fineberg
  • John S. Foster
  • Lois Foster
  • Anita Hill
  • Susan B. Kaplan
  • Matthew Kozol
  • Beth Marcus
  • Jonathan Novak
  • Betsy Pfau
  • Timothy Phillips
  • Meryl Rose
  • Rivka Saker
  • Carey Schwartz
  • Ann Tanenbaum
  • George Wachter
  • Linda Waintrup
  • Lisa Yuskavage
  • Lisa M. Lynch, Provost, Brandeis University

Venice Biennale U.S. Pavilion

La Biennale di Venezia is the oldest and most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary visual art in the world. Often referred to as the Olympics of the art world, the event dates back to 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. Since then, millions of visitors have been introduced exciting new art every two years. The 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (May 13-November 26, 2017) is directed by Christine Macel, Chief Curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris.