May 11 – November 26, 2017
Laura Shill and Joel Swanson were 2017 Black Cube Artist Fellows. On the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale, Black Cube presented a two-person satellite exhibition featuring works by Colorado-based artists Joel Swanson and Laura Shill at the historic Palazzo Bembo in Italy.
Black Cube presents two bodies of work by American artists Laura Shill and Joel Swanson, both based in Colorado. The exhibition is curated by Black Cube Executive Director + Chief Curator, Cortney Lane Stell. Shill and Swanson’s installations consider the complexities of binary structures in gender and language, exploring the spaces in-between. The dichotomies presented in these works reference the age-old pattern of how humans perceive the world through contrast - good and evil, male and female, day and night - and go beyond the polarity of opposites by exploring the in-between spaces of gender norms and language.
About the Venice Biennale
For more than a century, the Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its founding in 1895, the Venice Biennale has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organizing international events in the contemporary arts.
The Venice Biennale’s 57th International Art Exhibition will take place at the Giardini and is titled VIVA ARTE VIVA, and is curated by Christine Macel. The 57th Venice Biennale will include 87 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city center of Venice.
About the Palazzo Bembo
The Palazzo Bembo is a palace in Venice, Italy, on the Grand Canal, near the historic by the Rialto Bridge. The building is a contemporary art exhibition venue. It was built in the 15th century by the noble family Bembo. The building is on the San Marco side of the Grand Canal, wedged in between Rio di San Salvador and Calle Bembo.
Special thanks to the GAA Foundation for partnering on this project.