Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Krzysztof Wodiczko

Visual Arts

Monday, April 13, 2020 5:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Recital Hall

UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts presents a lecture by celebrated artist Krzysztof Wodiczko. Additional details about this lecture and related events will be announced on or before February 1, 2020.

Krzysztof Wodiczko is Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at MIT.

He was born in Poland in 1943 and is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He has realized more than 90 of such public projections and installations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Turkey, Germany, Holland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.

He is a recipient of the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1998 “for his contribution as an international artist to world peace” and featured as a part of PBS television series Art 21, Art in the Twenty-First Century: Season III.

Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved the active participation of marginalized and estranged city residents. Simultaneously, and also internationally (England, Finland, France, Poland, Holland, Japan, Northern Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the US) he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators for their survival and communication.

Wodiczko’s work has been exhibited in Documenta (twice), Paris BiennaleSydney BiennaleLyon BiennaleThe Venice Art Biennale  (Canadian and Polish Pavilions) in Magiciens de la Terre exhibition, Paris, Venice Biennale of ArchitectureThe Whitney BiennialYokohama Triennale, International Center for Photography Triennale, New York, The Montreal Biennale ( 2014), The Liverpool Biennale ( 2016)  and other international art festivals and international exhibitions. In 2009, he represented Poland in the Venice Biennale. In 2017, Wodiczko has held a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.

Since 1985, he held many major retrospectives at such institutions as the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Fundacio Tapies, Barcelona; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford CT; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw; the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, DOX Contemporary Art Center, Prague, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Poland ( 2015) and in FACT Foundation for Art Culture and Technology in Liverpool (2016).

Wodiczko’s books include Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews published by MIT Press (1999), a large monograph of his works titled Krzysztof Wodiczko (2012), September 11: City of Refuge (2009), The Abolition of War(2013)  by Black Dog Publishing, London, followed by expanded Polish edition under the title Obalenie Wojenby MOCAK ( 2014 ). Guests by Charta (2009), and a comprehensive collection of his writings ‎titled Transformative Avant-Garde and Other Writings  (2016)  by Black Dog Publishing, London.

 

Additional details about this lecture and related events will be announced on or before February 1, 2020.

Images, from top: Krzysztof Wodiczko at the Liverpool Biennial in 2017, photo by Pete Carr; Krzysztof Wodiczko’s installation Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. (1988) in 2018, photo by the artist. Images appear courtesy of the artist.

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