American Installation Art


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What is Installation Art?

The Wikipedia entry for Installation art says it is " artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. Generally, the term is applied to interior spaces, whereas exterior interventions are often called public art, land art or intervention art; however, the boundaries between these terms overlap."


Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s A Midsummer Night's Dream (8/1/16)

Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project (6/28/16)

Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal (10/3/14)

Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit (2/7/14)

In Process: Andrew Schoultz; essay by Karen Crews Hendon (10/14/13)

Poems of a Threatened Eden (10/22/09)

Tom Sachs: Logjam (4/30/07)

The Spasm Between the Infinities (11/16/06)

Art Now: Dawn Clements (9/1/06)

Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light (11/9/05)

Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations: 1979-2000 at The Studio Museum In Harlem (4/22/04)

Ginny Ruffner Unlimited; essay by Vicki Halper (2/4/04)

Creativity: The Flowering Tornado, Art by Ginny Ruffner (10/2/03)

Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979-2000 (9/2/03)

"Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett" and "The American Supermarket" (5/31/03)

Lighten Up: Art with a Sense of Humor (2/17/01)

Star-Spangled Presidents: Portraits by Liza Lou (12/4/00)

Peter Lodato: From Installation to Painting, Selected Works 1980-2000 (10/1/00)

Sites Around the City: Art and Environment (2/21/00)

Altars & Icons: Installation/Sculpture by Cristina Emmanuel and Nancy Josephson (1/12/00)

Fields: Landscape Paintings by Gary Ernest Smith and Harvest Rites: Installations by Tracy Linder (10/8/99)

Betty Tompkins: Weir Deer (6/23/99)

Dale Chihuly: Installations (5/26/99)

Don't Call Me an Artist (9/11/98)


From other web sites:

Anthony Sonnenberg: Time after Time after Time, an exhibit held September 28th, 2013 - January 19th , 2014 at the Old Jail Art Center. Includes artist interview by Patrick Kelly, Curator of Exhibitions. Accessed April, 2015.

Andrea Dezsö: Haunted Ridgefield, an installation presented October 31 to December 31, 2011 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

The Art of Burning Man is a 2017 exhibit at the Hermitage Museum & Gardens which says: "The exhibition features outdoor and indoor artworks from seven of Burning Man's artist teams: Michael Garlington, Charles Gadeken, James Peterson, Bree Hylkema and Sean Orlando of Five Ton Crane, Kirsten Berg, Gregg Fleishman, and Christopher Schardt. The upstairs changing galleries at the museum also feature iconic photographs from Burning Man by Scott London. Immersive, large-scale sculptures and interactive installations transform the Hermitage grounds for five months."  Accessed 8/17

Ballooniverse; Brain Bending Balloon Art by Addi Somekh is a 2017 exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History which says: "Featuring self-taught balloon twister and artist extraordinaire Addi Somekh, this exhibit will showcase changing installations made entirely out of balloons and photographs from the Balloon Hat Experience." Also see artist's website.  Accessed 9/17

Beth Campbell - My Potential Future Past is a 2017 exhibit at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art which says: "In Campbell's world, objects are personified, rooms multiply, mirrors become portals, and streaming thoughts predict future outcomes. She exposes the inherent beingness underlying daily phenomena through a manipulation of reality, an externalization of internal sensations, and a deft employment of humor, ultimately challenging our perception of the human dimension." Also see artist's website. Accessed 4/17

Bill Davenport, an exhibit held February 4th - May 20th, 2012 at the Old Jail Art Center. Includes artist interview by Patrick Kelly, Curator of Exhibitions. Accessed April, 2015.

Brad Kahlhamer: Bowery Nation, an installation presented July 15, 2012, to February 24, 2013 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Brad Tucker, an exhibit held June 1st - September 1st, 2013 at the Old Jail Art Center. Includes artist interview by Patrick Kelly, Curator of Exhibitions. Accessed April, 2015.

Brian Knep: Deep Wounds, an installation presented July 15, 2012, to February 24, 2013 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution is a 2017 exhibit at Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art which says: "Ritual and Revolution (1998) is an immersive, gallery-sized installation that marks one of the artist's earliest forays into three dimensions. Composed of 18 diaphanous printed cloth banners organized in a semi-architectural formation and a poetic audio track, Ritual and Revolution explores the historic human struggle for equality and justice, including references to the Middle Passage, the French Revolution, World War II, among others." - To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17

Camp Bosworth: El Otoro Lado, an exhibit held June 7th - September 7th, 2014 at the Old Jail Art Center. Includes artist interview by Patrick Kelly, Curator of Exhibitions. Accessed April, 2015.

Carmen Argote: Workbook / Notebook is a 2016 exhibit at the Armory Center for the Arts, which says: "This two-part exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Carmen Argote communicates the complexity of routine pedagogical exercises that reveal the inner process of second language learners." Accessed 11/16.

Carlos Rolón/Dzine: I Tell You This Sincerely  is a 2016 exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center which says: "Internationally recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and site-specific installations that incorporate social practice, Carlos Rolón/Dzine returns home for his first Chicago solo exhibition in 12 years." Accessed 3/17

Dave Cole: Flags of the World, an installation presented February 14 to June 9, 2009 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Come on Down by Lisa Hoke, an exhibit held December 13, 2013 - April 13, 2014 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Includes online video. Accessed April, 2015.

Cristi Rinklin: Diluvial, an installation presented June 9, 2012 - Sept. 9, 2012 at the Currier Museum. Includes 04:01video and brochure. Accessed August, 2015.

Darryl Lauster: Trace is a 2017 exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum which says: "For his sculptural installation Trace, Texas-based artist Darryl Lauster (b. 1969) created ten fragmentary Carrara marble tablets and carved phrases in them using a font reminiscent of monuments." Also see artist's website. Accessed 4/17

Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz: The Jesus Corner, an exhibit held September 13, 2013 - January 30, 2014 at the Missoula Art Museum. Includes video. Accessed March, 2015.

Enrique Martínez Celaya: Burning as It Were a Lamp, an exhibit held July 12 through August 10, 2014 at the Hood Museum of Art. Includes press release and media coverage. Accessed January, 2015.

Ester Partegàs: The Invisible Main Street Sculpture Project, an installation presented March 9 - August 10, 2008 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Exploring the Currier Inside Out: Andrew Witkin, Among Others, an installation presented Jan. 11, 2014 - May 11, 2014 at the Currier Museum. Includes 06:09 video and flyer. Accessed August, 2015.

Francisco Alvarado-Juárez is a 2017 exhibit at the North Dakota Museum of Art  The artist says in the NDMA description of the exhibit: "For twenty-five years, I have created installations aimed at attracting the viewer through a seemingly natural and familiar space. I use organic wastes, recycled paper in the form of thousands of recyclable grocery bags, painted and cut by hand, one by one. Students from Grand Forks contributed additional bags that joined approximately 3,600 used in this installation. All together the bags simulate a natural camouflage for the various animals and abstractions that are carefully painted, and later semi-hidden, by the protruding paper." Also see the artist's website. To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website.  Accessed 9/17

Frank Poor: Enon Cemetery, Main Street Sculpture Project, an installation presented February 7 to May 24, 2009 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill, an exhibit held May 15 - September 13, 2009 at the Smith College Museum of Art. Includes catalogue. Accessed April, 2015.

James Grashow: Corrugated Fountain, an installation presented April 1 to May 12, 2012 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Jean Shin: Common Threads, an exhibit held May 1, 2009 - July 26, 2009 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes brochure, online video and press coverage. Accessed April, 2015.

Jane South: Floor/Ceiling, an installation presented March 24 to August 25, 2013 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Jim Hodges: With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), is a 2016 installation at the Contemporary Austin, Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center. Heather Pesanti, Senior Curator, says: "...Characteristic of his use of succinct but powerful gestures, as well as his interest in language to convey open-ended concepts, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), 2014, consists of the title's words "With Liberty and Justice for All" spelled out in seven-foot-tall letters spanning two sides of The Contemporary Austin's Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center. During the day, the letters' iridescent, mirrored surfaces oscillate between blues, purples, oranges, and pinks, reflecting the environment around them. At dusk, the letters remain visible, lit from within to transform the work into a magnificent sculpture of color and light." Accessed 12/16

Justin Boyd: Time Has Slipped Rows, an exhibit held June 2nd - September 9th, 2012 at the Old Jail Art Center. Includes artist interview by Patrick Kelly, Curator of Exhibitions. Accessed April, 2015.

Kana Harada, an exhibit held February 2nd - May 20th , 2013 at the Old Jail Art Center. Includes artist interview by Patrick Kelly, Curator of Exhibitions. Accessed April, 2015.

Lita Albuquerque: Particle Horizon, an exhibit held October 12, 2014 - January 18, 2015 at the Laguna Art Museum. Accessed February, 2015.

Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment, an exhibit held June 7 - September 14, 2014 at the Hudson River Museum. Includes online video. Accessed August, 2015.

Martha Glowacki's Natural History, Observations and Reflections is a 2017 exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art which says: "Martha Glowacki's Natural History, Observations and Reflections presents sculpture and installations that concern human observation and description of the natural world. In this exhibition, Glowacki is particularly interested in the history of science and scientific illustration." Presentation includes exhibit catalog. Accessed 4/17

Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings, an exhibit held January 11 - February 17, 2012 at Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. Includes video and article. Accessed August, 2015.

Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West is a 2017 exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago which says: "Drawing on personal experiences and research on these subjects, as well as history and popular culture, Rakowitz creates illustrated objects, installations, and performances that invite viewers to contemplate their complicit relationship to the political world around them, recognizing that hospitality and hostility are interlinked." Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17

Penelope Umbrico: Screen Light is a 2017 exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum which says: "Embracing the wealth of images available on social media, contemporary artist Penelope Umbrico draws from the millions of images shared on Craigslist, Flickr, and other social media sites and uses them as source material for her installations. She selects popular subjects such as sunsets and televisions and creates large-scale installations that present contemporary society's collective photographic habits and their intent and results."  Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17

Pueblo Revolt by Virgil Ortiz: 2016 Artist-in-Residence is a 2016-17 installation at the Albuquerque Museum, which says: "...famed artist Virgil Ortiz will bring a futuristic world with deep roots in New Mexico's past. For the last 15 years, Ortiz, of Cochiti Pueblo, has focused on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680." Accessed 11/16. Also see "Art installation portrays 1680 pueblo rebellion" 9/11/16 By Wesley Pulkka in Albuquerque Journal. Accessed 11/16

Rick Araluce: The Final Stop is a 2017 exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum which says: "Rick Araluce: The Final Stop transforms a gallery into an abandoned underground subway platform in the artist's first large-scale installation on the East Coast. Stepping on to the platform, visitors are enveloped in the illusion of an eerie subterranean world where flickering lights and distant rumblings suggest the comings and goings of trains that never arrive." Also see wall text and artist's website  Accessed 12/17

Robert Therrien is a 2015 exhibit at The Contemporary Austin which says: "For more than four decades, the Los Angeles-based artist Robert Therrien has been making forms and images inspired by daily, domestic life."  Also see press release. Accessed 10/18

Roots of "The Dinner Party": History in the Making (Judy Chicago) is a 2017 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art which says: "Roots of "The Dinner Party": History in the Making is the first museum exhibition to examine Chicago's evolving plans for The Dinner Party in depth, detailing its development as a multilayered artwork, a triumph of community art-making, and a testament to the power of historical revisionism." Also see 10/20/17 article in The Guardian and artist's website  Accessed 12/17

Sam Van Aken: New Edens is a 2011 exhibit at Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College. Download the 22-page exhibit catalog published by Schmucker Art Gallery, with essay by Shannon Egan, Ph.D., Director, Schmucker Art Gallery, which says: "While it is rather rare for a sculptor to have such extensive and quite serious horticultural expertise as Van Aken, his interest in the literal act of creation as an artistic process provides quite fertile ground (pun intended) for examining the nature of contemporary art." Accessed 10/16.

The Seen & the Unseen: Annie Waldrop, an exhibit held July 3 - September 26, 2015 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University. Includes gallery guide. Accessed December, 2015.

Serge Spitzer: Still Life, an installation presented April 29 - July 13, 2008 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Simone Leigh is a 2016-17 Hammer Projects exhibit at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, which says: "Working across ceramics, sculpture, video, installation, and social practice, Simone Leigh examines the construction of black female subjectivity and economies of self-preservation and exchange. Her practice is largely research based and intersectional, and considers a range of sources, including ethnography, feminist discourse, folklore, and histories of political resistance." An essay by Jamillah James is included. Accessed 11/16.

Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound is a 2017 exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design which says: "Comprised of linked solo and curated projects, Sonic Arcade explores sound as substance, framing it as interdependent material that is physically crafted and transmitted through electronic circuits and signals, radio waves, and resonant bodies that create encounters that are not only heard, but felt."  Accessed 9/17

The Stuart Collection maintains site-specific outdoor installations by noted artists throughout the US San Diego campus. Accessed December, 2015.

Terri Thornton - Binary System, an exhibit held September 25th, 2010 - January 23rd, 2011 at the Old Jail Art Center. Includes artist interview by Patrick Kelly, OJAC Preparator. Accessed April, 2015.

Timothy Noble: The Semi-Automatic Chalkboard, an installation presented December 13, 2013 - April 22, 2014 at the Burchfield - Penney Art Center. Accessed August, 2015.

Whitfield Lovell: Deep River, an exhibit held August 15, 2014 - February 1, 2015 at the Telfair Museum of Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Unipkaa!usiksu!uvik (the place of the future/ancient) was a 2016 exhibit at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, which says; "This multimedia installation and two-month performance by Anchorage-based Iñupiaq artist Allison Akootchook Warden takes the form of an Iñupiat ceremonial qargi. Warden's version is a futuristic recreation of a ceremonial house, where she allows her audience to gently explore these spaces in a contemporary context." Accessed 11/16

The North Dakota Museum of Art presented in 2004 an installation by video artist Mary Lucier titled Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret, which contains a video clip from the installation comprising an 18 minute loop of synchronized DVD video on four plasma monitors. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

The California/International Arts Foundation, founded in 1981, organizes and tours contemporary art exhibitions. The Foundation initiated as a permanent archive for programming seen on Dozens of artist interviews are contained in the visual arts section of the archives. Lyn Kienholz interviewed Michael C. McMillen, creator of large-scale installation pieces and small-scale sculptures, in two two-part videos. A studio interview was filmed August, 2001 and another two-part video interview conducted at an unspecified date. Accessed April, 2015.

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for Jonathan Peck: Installations by Jonathan Peck, installation artist. (7 minutes) Jonathan Peck's installations explore personal representations of people and memories through the use of crayon and crepe paper and are part of the New Art: South Florida exhibit at MOCA North Miami's Goldman Warehouse. [September 4, 2007] Accessed May, 2015.


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