Waiting for the Extraordinary installation by Mark Dion

Mark DION Waiting for the Extraordinary 2013 mixed media 96 x 61 x 122 inches; 243.8 x 154.9 x 309.9 cm Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York Mark DION Waiting for the Extraordinary 2013 mixed media 96 x 61 x 122 inches; 243.8 x 154.9 x 309.9 cm Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Inspired by the academic classifications invented by 18th-century Michigan Chief Justice Augustus B. Woodward, this architecturally scaled installation presents a single room with thirteen plastic sculptures, each representing one of Woodward’s professorships. As viewers enter the darkened space and encounter these illuminated objects—reproduced using 3D imaging technology from original objects Dion found in departments and collections across the University of Michigan—they confront questions about the distinction between the rational and subjective in our construction of knowledge, as well as role of the museum and institutions that continue to determine it. This new iteration of Dion’s 2011 installation at U-M serves as an archive of the original, as part of the Institute for the Humanities’ Year of Archives and Futures, and in celebration of the U-M Bicentennial.

Image: Mark DION
Waiting for the
Extraordinary
2013
mixed media
96 x 61 x 122
inches; 243.8 x
154.9 x 309.9 cm
Courtesy the artist
and Tanya Bonakdar
Gallery, New York
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