PLATFORM 24: Wardell Milan, Sunday, Sitting on the Bank of Butterfly Meadow

Wardell Milan, Sunday, Sitting on the Bank of Butterfly Meadow, 2013/2019...
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On View Jun 03, 2019 - Jun 18, 2020
Exhibition Location: Sculpture Park

For this PLATFORM rotation, New York-based artist Wardell Milan adapts one of his lush, intricate photo-dioramas to a monumental scale. Working with photography, sculpture, drawing, and collage, Milan stages intricate maquettes of found imagery to create compositions of pastoral landscapes populated by bodies of diverse genders and racial identity. Set within the Sculpture Park, Milan’s overflowing tableaux invites us into a fantastical world of idyllic scenery charged by human desire and expansive notions of beauty.

PLATFORM is a series of one-person commissioned projects by early- and mid-career artists from New England, national, and international art communities that engage with deCordova’s unique landscape. The PLATFORM series lets artists expand their practice and visitors experience new approaches to contemporary sculpture.

PLATFORM 24: Wardell Milan, Sunday, Sitting on the Bank of Butterfly Meadow Brochure (PDF)

Milan was born 1978 in Knoxville, TN and lives and works in New York, NY. He earned his BFA from the University of Tennessee in 2001 and his MFA in Photography at Yale University, New Haven, CT in 2004. His work has been exhibited in shows at The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; MoMA PS1, Queens, NY; The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, PA; and David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY. In 2003 he was an artist in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and was awarded The Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award in 2007.

Picnic and Conversation with Wardell Milan
Thursday, September 26, 12–1 pm

Join artist Wardell Milan for a picnic and conversation in the Park, where we will channel the pastoral energy from his billboard commission Sunday, Sitting on the Bank of Butterfly Hill. Learn about Milan’s process and inspirational sources, from the modernist photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Nature.” Please bring your own lunch. REGISTER