Thursday, September 2, 2010
Two VCCA Fellows in Whitney Biennial
VCCA Fellows Verne Dawson and Lorraine O'Grady were both chosen for this year's Whitney Biennial. Lorraine O'Grady's diptych series, The First and Last of the Modernists, paired the meteoric lives of the 19th century poet Baudelaire and the 20th century American musician Michael Jackson. It explored the roles of art and popular culture, and how modern figures are attenuated through the news media. In Pagans, Vern Dawson investigated contemporary life's vanishing connections to the natural origins of myths, folktales and traditions, and posited the regenerative qualities of a culture in harmony with nature. The Whitney Biennial closed May 30.