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MCA Talk
Mark Dion: Krypto-Zoologist

Sat, Nov 2, 2013, Noon–1 pm

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Mark Dion
Courtesy of the artist

Artists used to make art for museums, but Mark Dion makes art that mines—and mimes—the museum itself. Dion, whose work is included in The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, opens up about his art with Lisa Graziose Corrin, director of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University and coauthor of the first monograph on the artist.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray. Additional thanks to Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross for helping make this program possible.


Mark Dion‘s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Born in New Bedford, MA, he received a BFA and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford School of Art in Connecticut.

Lisa Corrin is the director of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and a senior lecturer in art history at Northwestern University. Previously, she was the director of the Williams College Museum of Art as well as a lecturer in art at Williams College.