Gloria presents six new works by the artistic duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla developed partly in response to the U.S. Pavilion site at the Venice Biennale. Combining performance, sculpture, video, and sound elements, the works use poetic shock and unexpected juxtaposition to reflect upon competitive enterprises such as the Olympic Games, international commerce, the military-industrial complex, and even the Biennale itself. The result is a series of formal and conceptual experiments that explore the nature of physical, visual, and audible experience.
This publication examines Allora & Calzadilla's artistic practice and documents their exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion. Among the more 120 illustrations are images of the works as they are installed in Venice, process shots of the works being fabricated, and documentation of the performances by professional athletes affiliated with U.S.A. Gymnastics and U.S.A. Track and Field. Essays by exhibition curator and U.S. commissioner Lisa D. Freiman and art historians Carrie Lambert-Beatty and Yates McKee examine the rich art historical, social, and political terrain in Gloria and elucidate the artists' ongoing exploration of ways to reshape, through metaphor, how the world appears to us.
Published by the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Hardcover / 152 pages
Dimensions: 12" x 8.5"