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Artist Talk: Pepón Osorio

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 5:15pm

Milstein Hall, Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium
943 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Best known for his large-scale installations, Pepón Osorio merges conceptual art and community dynamics. Osorio’s work emphasizes the exhibition space as an intermediary between the social architecture of communities and the mainstream art world. He has worked with well over 25 communities across the U.S. and internationally, creating installations based on real life experiences. For more than a decade Osorio has been presenting work in unconventional places prior to exhibiting in a museum setting, thus exploring the subjectivity of meaning in art and the multiple meanings that these installations achieve depending on their location.

Osorio is a professor  at Temple University’s Tyler School of the Arts. His work has appeared in El Museo del Barrio, New York (a retrospective); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA; Whitney Biennial at Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Real Art Ways in Hartford, Conn.; The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Fco. CA; Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas Venezuela; Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, PR; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Santurce, PR.; Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NYC; Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; High Museum of Art, Atlanta,GA.; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam, Bienal de Cuba, Habana, Cuba; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Institute of Contemporary Arts, Philadelphia PA.; The RISD Museum, Providence, RI, the 27th. Sao Paulo Bienal, Sao Paulo, Brazil and  storefronts, department stores and homes in many locations throughout the world. Osorio is the recipient of numerous distinctions including the 2001 Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the Whitney Biennial, 1993; an Alpert Award in the Arts-Visual Arts, 1999; and a John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellowship. Osorio is featured in the PBS Art21, Artist of the 21st Century documentary. His most recent Monograph: Pepón Osorio by Jennifer A. González is distributed by Minnesota Press. In 2016, Osorio received a Doctor of Fine Arts honorary degree from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art).

This event is part of the 2016 CCA Biennial: Abject/Object Empathies.

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2016 CCA Biennial Artist-in-Residence

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