Marc Swanson: A Memorial to Ice at The Dead Deer Disco

Date: March 12, 2022 - January 31, 2023


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Marc Swanson works across diverse media, creating sculptures and environments that explore the relationships between humans, culture, and the natural world. His most ambitious installation to date, A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco will consist of two interconnected immersive environments. A Memorial to Ice is inspired by the dioramas found in natural history museums as well as Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole’s (1801–1848) writings on the negative effects of development in the Catskills region, while The Dead Deer Disco is a reimagined disco in which Swanson explores feelings of freedom and mourning in reference to the AIDS crisis. Taken together, these two installations confront loss and our inability to control human nature and the world around us. A companion exhibition will go on view July 13 — November 13, 2022, at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY.

About the Artist
Marc Swanson (born 1969, Connecticut) earned an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, NY in 2004. He has exhibited internationally in Sweden and Mexico, and was included in the second Greater New York exhibition at PS1 in 2005. Swanson has worked collaboratively with choreographer/dancer Jack Ferver to create sets for Chambre (2014/15). Select solo exhibitions include: Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (2017 and 2011); Basilica Hudson Back Gallery, Hudson, NY (2016); American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD (2015); and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2011). His work is included in many public collections, including those of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia. Swanson currently lives and works in Catskill, NY.


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