Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your

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On View Sep 02, 2012 - Dec 30, 2012

Julianne Swartz is the subject of a survey organized by deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Curated by Rachael Arauz with the full participation of the artist, Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your gathers together for the first time a significant group of Swartz’s installations and sculpture that invite viewer participation with elegance, humor, and intelligence.

Acclaimed for her unique blend of high and low-tech materials, Swartz utilizes both existing and self-made technologies, and has often made the ephemeral presence of the viewer fundamental to her work. Her art quietly celebrates contradictions and dichotomies that invite attentive visitors to slow down and sharpen their senses. She employs lenses that transform mundane objects and hidden locations into magical moving pictures, mirrors that disorient a viewer’s spatial perception and self-awareness, vinyl wall drawings that guide viewers to secret architectural spaces, and PVC tubing and speakers that allow buildings to communicate with their inhabitants. Some of her sculptures subversively embrace the appearance of “new media” or “video” only to reveal a hand-made simplicity that prompts viewers to question our culture’s relationship to technology.

Deep Mix

Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your is accompanied by the largest publication about the artist to date, featuring essays by Rachael Arauz and former SMoCA curator Cassandra Coblentz and texts by Janine Antoni, Sharon Corwin, Tim Davis, Bec Garland, Byron Kim, Stephen Lichty, Jenny Monick, Judy Pfaff, Barbara Smith, David Levi Strauss, Jonathan Van Dyke, and Emily Weiner.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a major grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and by generous matching support from Anthony and Beth Terrana. Additional support provided by Francis H. Williams and Chandra Jessee. Special thanks to in-kind media sponsor WBUR.

Julianne Swartz has exhibited widely, including site-specific commissions for the New Museum, Tate Liverpool, and theTang Museum, and group shows at P.S. 1/MoMA, the Aldrich Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and Ballroom Marfa. She was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and has had recent solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, the Colby College Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She is represented by Mixed Greens and Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York and the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

All programs are free with Museum admission.

Artist Talk: Julianne Swartz
Sunday, September 9, 1 pm

Meet the artist behind the intriguing fall exhibition How Deep Is Your and hear Swartz discuss the ideas and inspiration behind her poetic objects and installations that invite viewer participation.   

Saturday, September 15, 11 am–3 pm

Celebrate the collaborative and participatory nature of the fall exhibitions and new Park installations. Join artist collective Okay Mountain for the unveiling of their brand new Park intervention, view the inaugural reading at Dan Peterman’s Love Podium, tour Jean Shin and Brian Ripel’s exhibition Retreat, pARTicipate in interactive tours and arts activities for all ages, and more!

Schedule of Events:

11 am: pARTicipate with the Okay Mountain artist collective

12 pm: Inaugural Public Reading at Dan Peterman’s Love Podium 

1 pm: Curator Tour with Lexi Lee Sullivan of Jean Shin and Brian Ripel: Retreat followed by tea service on the Rappaport Roof Terrace

2 pm: pARTicipate Interactive Sculpture Park Tour


11 am–1 pm: ARTfull Explorations in the Dewey Family Gallery

1–3 pm:  Tea Service on the Rappaport Roof Terrace

1–3 pm: Pop Up Process Gallery 

Curator Tour: Rachael Arauz
Saturday, October 27, 3 pm

Join guest curator Rachael Arauz for a tour of the exhibition, Julianne Swartz: How Deep is Your. Arauz discusses the artistic ideas and curatorial concepts behind the first major museum presentation of Swartz’s poetic objects and installations.

Member Programs:
Members-Only Lunch and Tour with Curator Dina Deitsch November 8, 2012, 11 am–1 pm

Members: Pack your lunch and join deCordova for an exclusive tour of Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your exhibition followed by lunch with curator Dina Deitsch. Dine with Dina in the library to discuss the exhibition, deCordova, and contemporary art.

Members may bring their lunch or purchase their meal from deCordova | Café. Members receive a 10% discount on all meals at the Café. 

This event is free and exclusively for deCordova Members. Please RSVP to Erin Webb, Membership Coordinator, at membership@decordova.org or 781.259.3635. Limit 15 members.

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Ongoing Programs:
Process Gallery and Art ExperienCenter

Come explore Julianne Swartz’s artistic practice from the inside out. The Process Gallery and Art ExperienCenter offer participatory spaces where visitors can explore the physics of periscopes, discover how sound travels through a meandering tube, and see how lenses change your perspective on the world.