2017 Venice Biennale News

Catalogue for Mark Bradford’s Venice Biennale Show Will Include Essays by Zadie Smith, Anita Hill


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The 2017 Venice Biennale is just a few weeks away—the excitement is at a fever pitch! Just today, news came that the 2017 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient would be the American feminist artist Carolee Schneemann.

Now there is more news from the land of the Lido, and this time it’s regarding the U.S. pavilion, where a show of new work by Mark Bradford entitled “Tomorrow is Another Day” is set to open in a month. The catalogue for the show, a press release reveals, will feature essays by a group of writers and esteemed academics: Zadie Smith, Anita Hill, Peter James Hudson, Sarah Lewis, and Katy Siegel, who co-curated the pavilion alongside Christopher Bedford.

Both Siegel and Bedford hold appointments at the Baltimore Museum of Art—Bedford is the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, and Siegel is Senior Programming and Research Curator, while also holding an endowed chair at Stony Brook University. (The pavilion was curated by the BMA alongside the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, where Hill is a professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.) Smith is a bestselling English novelist, Peter James Hudson is an assistant professor of history and African American studies at UCLA, and Sarah Lewis is an assistant professor of the history of art and architecture and African and African American studies at Harvard.

There will also be excerpts from two seminal texts: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America and James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On the Mountain.

“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,” Siegel said in the release. “Nothing could be more appropriate at a moment when truth and Black lives are both urgent matters of concern.”

If you’re heading to Venice, you can get an advance copy May 9, but if you’re staying stateside, it should be available for purchase through ARTBOOK | D.A.P. by June. (Hatje Cantz will distribute the catalogue in Europe and Asia.) It’ll set you back $60.

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