Darby English will serve as exhibition scholar for American Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale
August 17, 2018
Darby English, Carl Darling Buck Professor in the Department of Art History and Adjunct Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, will serve as the dedicated exhibition scholar for the American Pavilion at next year’s Venice Biennale. The artist representing the United States at the 58th Venice Biennale (May 11-November 24, 2019) is Martin Puryear, who has long been recognized for a fiercely independent visual language of object-making. Puryear has remained at the forefront of American contemporary art for the past half-century and will create new site-specific pieces for the U.S. Pavilion.
In his capacity as exhibition scholar, English will work with curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport on interpretative materials related to the exhibition. He will also author a major essay in the exhibition catalog. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, who also designed the Logan Center for the Arts and were selected to design the new Obama Presidential Center, will serve as exhibition designers, working with Puryear and Rapaport on the pavilion’s layout.