Screens: Virtual Material

Installation view, Screens: Virtual Material, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museu
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On View Oct 06, 2017 - Mar 18, 2018
Exhibition Location: Museum - Third Floor

3rd Floor Galleries

From iPhones to televisions to electronic billboards, screens saturate our daily lives. We stare at, touch, and communicate through their luminous surfaces. Yet we often overlook the powerful ways they shape our vision, behavior, and beliefs. Beyond their familiar functions, screens can be seductive barriers, conveying confinement and intimacy in equal measure. They mark thresholds between private and public spaces, or divide sacred and profane realms. They also translate the three-dimensional physical world into flattened and fractured picture planes.
This exhibition addresses these and related ideas through the work of six leading contemporary artists: Brian Bress, Marta Chilindron, Liza Lou, Matt Saunders, Josh Tonsfeldt, and Penelope Umbrico. In their sculptures and multi-media installations, the screen is both the primary artistic medium and the conceptual focus. From glittering metal fences to deconstructed television monitors, the various types of screens shown here are unexpected and interactive, and invite new ways of considering this crucial boundary between our virtual and material worlds.
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. To learn more about the partnership, click here.

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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)

Photo Transfer on Clay Workshop

Wednesdays, January 17 and 31 (two-part workshop), 6:30–9 pm each day
Use Pyrofoto's transfer process to print your own photographic images onto hand-built ceramic "screens."

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.

Strike a Pose! A Green Screen Photography Experience

Sunday, January 28, 1 pm
Inspired by Screens artist Brian Bress, create comic costumes, select wacky backgrounds, and strike dynamic poses for the green screen. For children and adults.

SAORI Weaving Workshop with Mihoko Wakabayashi

Saturday, February 3, half-day and full-day sessions available
Inspired by Screens: Virtual Material, participants use large looms, yarn, and natural materials to create woven “screens” through the practice of SAORI weaving.

In Celebration of Screens: A Teen Evening @ deCordova

Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm
Come take apart, investigate, and celebrate the screens in all of our lives. For high schoolers with our without their parents.