Screens: Virtual Material

Marta Chilindron, TV and Chair, 2004
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On View Oct 06, 2017 - Mar 18, 2018
Exhibition Location: Museum - Third Floor

3rd Floor Galleries

From iPhones to electronic billboards, screens saturate nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Screens: Virtual Material focuses on the increased presence of screens within contemporary sculpture and installation. The exhibition features work by artists who address how our vision, behavior, and beliefs are shaped by the ubiquitous nature of screens. Screens: Virtual Material explores dimensions of desire, tactility, and confinement that are inherent to their function and aesthetics. From metal fences to monitors, these artists use wide-ranging screen-based materials in their work to reveal the porousness between our virtual and physical worlds. Artists in the exhibition include Brian Bress, Marta Chilindron, Liza Lou, Matt Saunders, Josh Tonsfeldt, and Penelope Umbrico.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication.

Organized by Sarah Montross, Associate Curator.

Support for this exhibition was generously provided by the Meredyth Hyatt Moses Fund and an anonymous donor. DeCordova also wishes to thank the Board of Trustees and Council of Overseers, who generously provide crucial unrestricted support, without which our exhibitions would not be possible.

Screens: Virtual Material is presented as part of a citywide partnership of arts and educational institutions organized to recognize the outsized role greater Boston has played in the history and development of technology. The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston has initiated this partnership to link concurrent exhibitions and programs related to the themes of the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, on view at the ICA from February 7–May 20, 2018. 

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Stained Glass Screens Workshop

Tuesdays, October 10 and October 24 (two-part workshop), 6:30–9 pm each day
Inspired by the exhibition Screens: Virtual Material, join artist Emily Bhargava in this intensive two-session workshop where participants will design and complete a screen using stained glass techniques.

Curator-led Tour: Screens

Thursday, October 19, 12 pm
Join Associate Curator Sarah Montross for an in-depth look at how artists in this exhibition create innovative works that reveal the powerful ways screens shape our vision, behavior, and beliefs.

Artist Talk: Penelope Umbrico

Thursday, November 30, 6:30 pm
Screens artist Penelope Umbrico uses screens as catalyst, subject, and medium in her art. In this lecture, she will discuss her ongoing projects that explore the life—and afterlife—of television monitors, computers, and other electronic displays. (Free admission)

Gallery Talk and Demonstration with Screens Artist Marta Chilindron

Saturday, January 27, 1 pm
Screens artist Marta Chilindron’s luminous Plexiglas sculptures have no permanently fixed form: like folding screens or pop-up books they can be manipulated and moved between two and three dimensions. During this afternoon gallery talk and demonstration, Chilindron will discuss the ideas that inspire her work and demonstrate its ability to expand and contract within the gallery space.