Art Team Represents U.S. at 2011 Venice BiennaleBy CAROL VOGEL
The artistic team of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla will represent the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The duo, who have been working together since 1995 and live in San Juan, P.R., were chosen by the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, a group of arts professionals organized by the National Endowment for the Arts to advise the State Department. Their work explores relationships among art, politics and international identity through performances pieces, sculpture, photography and sound-and-video. This will be the first time a collaborative, rather than a single artist, will represent the United States and the first time that a combination of performance and installation will occupy the pavilion. The Indianapolis Museum of Art was selected as the commissioning institution for the 2011 United States pavilion and Lisa Freiman, chairman of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s contemporary art department, will be the commissioner. She will organize the exhibition, which will include six new works by the collaborative team developed specifically for the United States pavilion, a 1930s Palladian-style structure designed by the architects Delano & Aldrich.