The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 22, 2014


Indianapolis Museum of Art Partners with Major Sports Organizations for Venice Biennale
U.S. All-Around champion David Durante rehearsing for the 2011 la Biennale di Venezia U.S. Pavilion exhibition Gloria by Allora & Calzadilla, presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Photo by Andrew Bordwin.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- The Indianapolis Museum of Art and Allora & Calzadilla have announced that they will be partnering with national athletic organizations USA Gymnastics and USA Track & Field on three newly commissioned sculptures for the U.S. Pavilion exhibition Gloria at the 54th La Biennale di Venezia. The pieces—“Body in Flight (Delta),” “Body in Flight (American),” and “Track and Field”—will incorporate performances by professional gymnasts and runners. Olympic gold medalist Dan O’Brien (Decathlon, 1996), Olympic silver medalist Chellsie Memmel (Women’s Gymnastics Team, 2008), and U.S. All-Around champion David Durante (Men’s Gymnastics, 2007) will perform at the pavilion during the vernissage (June 1-3, 2011). The installations will mark the first time that athletes have performed as part of the U.S. Pavilion.

Gloria will feature six new commissions by Allora & Calzadilla conceived partly in response to the pavilion site. Combining performance, sculpture, video, and sound elements, the works will draw on competitive enterprises such as the Olympic Games, international commerce, the military industrial complex, and even the Biennale itself, to explore the concepts of competition and nationalism. The works playfully combine installation and performance art to create artistic experiments that explore the nature of physical, visual, and audible sensory experiences.

“Body in Flight (Delta)” and “Body in Flight (American)” are realistically painted wooden scale reproductions of the latest industrial designs for business class seats found on U.S. commercial airlines. The sculptures will replace the wooden balance beam and pommel horse, creating a unique apparatus for gymnastic and dance performances. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, gymnasts and dancers will perform routines developed by Allora & Calzadilla that creatively utilize the seats’ form, scale, and function through the rubric of classical gymnastics and dance.

“Track and Field,” which will be installed in front of the U.S. pavilion, will feature a massive, overturned military tank that has been repurposed by superimposing a functional treadmill above its right track. Runners will run on the treadmill at regularly scheduled intervals throughout the exhibition.

“These performative sculptures will use poetic shock and unexpected juxtaposition to raise questions about the relationship between the human body and art, militarism, commerce, sports, and international identity,” said Lisa Freiman, Senior Curator and Chair of the IMA’s Department of Contemporary Art and Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2011 La Biennale di Venezia.

The title Gloria, which translates from Italian and Spanish to Glory, points to the pomp and splendor of the national pavilions format in Venice. Gloria references military, religious, spiritual, Olympic, economic, and cultural grandeur, as well as the female name itself, and the numerous pop songs that it has inspired,“We are interested in contamination, profanation, and paradox. We want the material nature of things and the embodied nature of sense to be paramount,” said Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla.

"USA Gymnastics is pleased to have the opportunity to work with an accomplished group of artists to internationally showcase the beauty and artistry of the sport of gymnastics," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "We are honored to partner with the Indianapolis Museum of Art and have the opportunity to be a part of this prestigious exhibit.”

"USA Track & Field is honored to be part of this innovative exhibit," said Stephanie Hightower, President and Chairman of the Board of USA Track & Field. "Combining the beauty of our sport and the excellence of the two artists in this installation is an exciting and ambitious endeavor. We are proud to be involved."





Today's News

March 4, 2011

Over One Hundred Works of Art Made by Michelangelo Pistoletto Presented at MAXXI

Pompeii Exhibit at New York City's Discovery Times Square Shines Light on Buried City

Thomas Moran's Masterpiece "Green River Cliffs, Wyoming" Acquired by National Gallery of Art

Egypt's Top Archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, Warns of Looting at Country's Antiquity Sites

Valencian Institute of Modern Art Shows the Sculptural Work of Edgar Degas

Sotheby's in London to Sell Hascoe Family Collection of Important Czech Art

Leading Artists at Christie's New York Sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

Victoria & Albert Museum in London Unveils Exhibition Road Project Designs

Unpublished Churchill Speech on Hard Work and the Benefits of Science for Sale at Bonhams

Sotheby's Hong Kong To Hold 20th Century Chinese Art Spring Sale 2011 in April

Northwestern's Block Museum Director David Alan Robertson to Step Down        

Text that Shaped the Course of History, The Book of Calculation, for Sale at Bonhams

For the Past 20 Years London's Society of Mudlarks Retrieve History from the Thames

Carpenter Center for Visual Arts Opens Antoni Muntadas' "About Academia"

AIA New York Chapter Announces 2011 Design Award Winners at March 1 Symposium

First New York Museum Exhibition Devoted to the Hindu God Vishnu Announced

Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s at Barbican Art Gallery, London

Exhibition of Works by Pioneering Photographers Featured at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Indianapolis Museum of Art Partners with Major Sports Organizations for Venice Biennale

Jamie Wyeth Dog Picture Sells for $218,500 in NYC

Major Picasso Exhibition for Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2012

10.09 Carats Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond to Highlight Christie's New York Jewels Sale

An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters at the National Gallery

Like Father, Like Son: Family Gatherings at Christie's Swiss Art Sale in Zurich

The Serpentine Gallery Presents an Exhibition of the Celebrated American Artist Nancy Spero

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery Presents a Solo Exhibition of the Brooklyn-Based Artist José Par

French Photographer Raphael Dallaporta Wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2011

Sotheby's Hong Kong to Present Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings in Spring Sale

USC Art Law Society to Hold "The Business of Art: A Forecast for 2011"

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site