Press preview November 3; opens to public November 5
New York, NY—Dia Art Foundation is pleased to announce Constellation Congress, a three-part exhibition of work by Koo Jeong A (b. 1967) that provides the first opportunity for American audiences to experience in depth the work of this important artist. For over twenty years, Koo Jeong A has been steadily and rigorously constructing a visual language of evocative riddles and playful environments that highlight the idiosyncrasies of the world around us.
Organized by Yasmil Raymond, Dia’s curator, the exhibition comprises compelling, multifaceted projects in three locations: an immersive installation of newly commissioned works created for Dia at The Hispanic Society of America, in northern Manhattan; an outdoor sculpture at Dia:Beacon, in Beacon, New York; and a new series of works on paper at The Dan Flavin Art Institute, in Bridgehampton, New York. All three venues will open to the public on Friday, November 5, 2010, with the projects at The Hispanic Society and Dia:Beacon remaining on view through May 2, 2011, and that at The Dan Flavin Art Institute through September 4, 2011.
A press preview will be held at The Hispanic Society, on Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets, on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Yasmil Raymond, and Philippe Vergne, director, Dia Art Foundation, will be present. For more information and to RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Raymond states, "It has been a great honor for all of us at Dia to work with Koo Jeong A on the creation of this three-part exhibition. Constellation Congress is an unprecedented project in her career, in both scale and complexity, and the three different exhibition sites have literally become production sites, where new ideas have materialized over the course of the last five months. Dia is proud to facilitate this project, and to be a conduit for the ambitions of Koo Jeong A and other artists of our time."
In Koo Jeong A’s work, nothing is ordinary; on the contrary, any object—be it a pile of charcoal, a piece of iron, or a puddle of water—is given dignity and reverence and incites the surprise of a first encounter. Her presentation for Dia at The Hispanic Society will be the fourth in Dia’s multiyear series of projects by contemporary artists for the Society’s Beaux-Arts buildings, in Washington Heights. Occupying the Society’s East Building Gallery, Koo Jeong A’s installation will comprise new multimedia works that were commissioned by Dia. These will include architectural interventions loosely evoking feng shui principles and a dual-projection video installation. Additionally, Koo Jeong A created an olfactory artwork, Before the Rain (2010) in collaboration with perfumer Bruno Jovanovic, of International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., that employed ingredients such as dry woods, minerals, fern, musk, tar, and lichens, among others.
At Dia:Beacon, Koo Jeong A will present a new iteration of the outdoor sculpture A Reality Upgrade & End Alone (2003/2010), last seen at the 2009 Venice Biennale, consisting of approximately five thousand glittering stones installed in the two-acre field behind Dia:Beacon.
The exhibition at The Dan Flavin Art Institute will comprise new works on paper installed in the first-floor gallery. This presentation marks the first time in many years that the gallery has been used to display newly commissioned work, rather than selections from Dia’s collection.
In conjunction with Constellation Congress, Dia will work with the artist to produce an original publication. Though Koo Jeong A has been making significant work over the past two decades, this will be the first study of her practice published in the United States. The volume will include a text by exhibition curator Yasmil Raymond and newly commissioned essays by art historian Molly Nesbit and Harvard University Professor of Astronomy Dimitar Sasselov, among others.
Koo Jeong A
Koo Jeong A was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1967, and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Since 1994, her work has been shown internationally, including solo presentations at Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (1994); the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1994); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1998); Secession, Vienna (2002); CCA Kitakyushu, Japan (2002); Portikus, Frankfurt (2004); and Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2008). She has participated in the Venice Biennale (1995 and 2009); the Gwangju Biennial (1997); the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, Tokyo (2000); Manifesta 1, Rotterdam (1996), and Manifesta 3, Slovenia (2000); the Biennale of Sydney (2004); Performa05, New York (2005); the Torino Triennale, Italy (2008) and the Aichi Triennale, Japan (2010). Her work has been presented in group exhibitions at such venues as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1998), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2000), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2009) and is on view until February 2011 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010). In 2004, she was invited, along with Urs Fischer, to create an inaugural in situ installation of new works to launch the exhibition program at the Centre Pompidou’s Espace 315 gallery and in 2007 Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, Ile de Vassivière, France, mounted a major exhibition of her work. She also participated in the internationally touring exhibition Cities on the move, curated by Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist (1997–1999). She now lives and works in London.
Special thanks to The Hispanic Society of America. Major exhibition support has been provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilmember Robert Jackson; and by Jill and Peter Kraus. Additional support has come from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; agnès b. Endowment Fund; Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art (a program of FACE); Sylvie Winckler; and the Korean Cultural Service. “Before the Rain” (2010) at the Hispanic Society was developed in collaboration with International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., and Prolitec generously contributed a scent diffuser for the duration of the exhibition.
Dia Art Foundation
A nonprofit institution founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is internationally renowned for enabling artists’ visions by initiating, supporting, and preserving extraordinary art projects. Dia presents public and education programs, exhibitions, and its collection at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. Commissions and projects by contemporary artists, along with parallel education programs, are presented at The Hispanic Society of America, in Washington Heights, in a partnership that provides an interim venue for Dia’s New York City–based programs while Dia develops a new site for these initiatives in Manhattan. Additionally, Dia maintains a number of long-term, site-specific projects. These include Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) (1988), and Dan Flavin’s untitled (1996), in Manhattan; The Dan Flavin Art Institute, in Bridgehampton, New York; De Maria’s Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977), in Kassel, Germany; and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) and De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977), in the Western United States.
The Hispanic Society of America
Founded in 1904, The Hispanic Society of America is dedicated to the presentation and study of Hispanic culture. The Society’s collection, which is unparalleled outside of the Iberian Peninsula, provides deep insight into the culture and art of Spain, and also includes significant representation from Portugal and Latin America. Since 1908, the Society has been housed on Audubon Terrace, between 155 and 156 Streets in Manhattan, in a Beaux-Arts complex that includes buildings by architects Charles Pratt Huntington, Stanford White, and Cass Gilbert. Comprising both library and museum, the Society has a diverse collection of paintings, decorative arts, books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and photographs dating from the second millennium B.C. through the twentieth century, and is open to the public free of charge. For additional public information, visit www.hispanicsociety.org.
Koo Jeong A’s exhibition is the fourth project presented by Dia at The Hispanic Society, a multiyear partnership in which Dia invites contemporary artists to create a new installation within the context of the Society’s historical collection and buildings. Previous exhibitions include Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, chronotopes & dioramas (2009–2010), Zoe Leonard, Derrotero (2008–2009), and Francis Alÿs, Fabiola (2007–2008).
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, opened in May 2003 as the home for Dia Art Foundation’s distinguished collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum features works by a focused group of some of the most significant artists of the last half century, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Max Neuhaus, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Andy Warhol, and Lawrence Weiner.
Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, and easily accessible by train or car, the museum occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility that Dia renovated with artist Robert Irwin and architect OpenOffice. Dia:Beacon’s expansive galleries comprise 240,000 square feet of exhibition space illuminated by natural light. In addition to its collection, the museum presents temporary exhibitions and diverse public and education programs.
The Dan Flavin Art Institute
The Dan Flavin Art Institute is located in the former First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton. Originally constructed as a firehouse in 1908, the building operated as a church from 1924 to the mid-1970s. In 1979, Dia purchased it to use as a gallery for Dan Flavin (1933–1996), and renovated the building under the direction of the artist with the assistance of James Schaeufele, Dia’s director of operations, and architect Richard Gluckman. The renovation evokes the building’s former uses: a newel post in the entrance hall is painted red in honor of the building’s years as a firehouse, and the original church doors have been moved to the entrance of a small exhibition space on the second floor that contains memorabilia, including a neon cross, collected from and about the church.
The first floor of the Flavin Institute is used for temporary exhibitions. Recent shows include Drawing American Light: Dan Flavin and the Hudson River School (2010); Imi Knoebel: Knife Cuts Parts 1 and 2 (2008–2010); John Chamberlain, Squeezed and Tied: Foam and Paper Sculptures (2007); and Fred Sandback Prints 1971–79 (2004–2006). In the stairwells and on the building’s second floor, Flavin designed a permanent installation of nine works that trace his practice from 1963--when he decided to work solely with standard fluorescent fixtures and tubes--to 1981, when the presentation was realized.
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