Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko to give deCordova’s annual Cronin Lecture on April 26


DeCordova is pleased to announce that acclaimed artist Krzysztof Wodiczko will give the 2019 Paul J. Cronin Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 26, at 6:30 pm.

Krzysztof Wodiczko is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments that address themes of trauma, collective memory, and the power of mass media to disseminate and manipulate information. Across four decades, he has created over 90 public projections and installations worldwide that often involve the active participation of marginalized and estranged city residents. One of these public projections was on the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, MA, in 1998, part of the “Let Freedom Ring” series of art installations along Boston’s Freedom Trial.

“We’re delighted to present an artist of Krzysztof Wodiczko’s international renown,” says John B. Ravenal, Executive Director at deCordova. “For forty years, he has been a trailblazer in the field of contemporary art, and his interventions have engaged tens of thousands of people with thought-provoking images. His work helped define new ways of engaging audiences with art in public spaces while also addressing some of today’s most pressing social issues. We can’t imagine a more timely artist than Wodiczko to give this year’s Cronin Lecture.”

Wodiczko was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1943, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1968. He is currently Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Among his numerous accolades, he received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1998 “for his contribution as an international artist to world peace.”

Wodiczko’s work has been exhibited in DocumentaParis BiennaleSydney BiennaleLyon Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Montreal Biennale, Liverpool Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, International Center for Photography Triennale, and other international art festivals and international exhibitions. He represented Poland in the Venice Biennale in 2009, and held a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul in 2017.

About the Paul J. Cronin Memorial Lecture
The Paul J. Cronin Memorial Lecture series was established in 1981 to consider topics broadly focused on changing attitudes towards twentieth and twenty-first century art. The Cronin Lecture series is made possible by a generous grant to deCordova from the Grover J. Cronin Memorial Foundation. 

Event Details
Cronin Lecture with Krzysztof Wodiczko
Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm (reception at 6 pm)
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

Tickets: $5 for members and students with ID; $10 for nonmembers

Lecture ticket includes one complementary drink ticket; additional drink tickets available for purchase.

Please note that seating is on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited and latecomers are not guaranteed a seat.

Image credit

Photo provided courtesy of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  © 2015 Adam DeTour.

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