Get the inside view. Walk through the MCA exhibitions IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011 and Ron Terada: Being There with James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling and learn about the criteria and ideas that guided his selection of artists and artworks.
Collapsing the boundaries between art, commerce, and everyday life, IAIN BAXTER&’s protean and peripatetic work that has unfolded over five decades has proved difficult to locate within conventional critical or art historical narratives. A relentless emphasis on reaching out to the viewer, a core concern with ecology and the environment, and a belief that art must assume plural means and media, inform BAXTER&’s early credo: understanding that “art is all over.” This exhibition seeks to appraise the remarkable achievement of this artist, and to position his contribution in relation to mainstream histories of conceptual art, photography, and installation art. On view at the MCA through January 15, 2012.
Ron Terada (b. 1969) is a Vancouver-based artist who has exhibited extensively in Canada and Europe over the past fifteen years but has had relatively little exposure in the United States. Working in the high tech and multicultural British Columbian city, where influences back and forth across the Pacific Rim are numerous and complex, as well as exploring his own Japanese-Canadian identity, Terada has built a fascinating body of work that includes paintings, photographs, video, sound, books, and graphic design. Often using his own position within the artworld of Vancouver as the starting point for measuring his own self-worth, self-esteem, and self-identification, he has used signage, advertising, and Hollywood films in unusual and inventive ways. This is his first solo exhibition in the United States. On view at the MCA through January 15, 2012.