The Boston Globe tells us the US pavilion at the Venice Biennale will honor both Mark Bradford and The Rose Art Museum:
Bradford’s name was put forward by Christopher Bedford, director of the Rose, which hosted a major exhibition of Bradford’s work in 2014. The Waltham museum will now organize the Venice exhibition, just as MIT’s List Visual Arts Center proposed and then realized the Joan Jonas exhibition for the US Pavilion at the last Biennale. Bedford will co-curate the exhibit, along with Katy Siegel, curator at large for the Rose.
The announcement is a vindication for the Rose, which came close to shutting down back in 2009, when then-Brandeis-president Jehuda Reinharz announced plans to sell off the museum’s collection to help address a university financial crisis.
“To be the commissioner for one’s country at the Venice Biennale is the greatest honor in the contemporary art world,” said Bedford.
Rose Art Museum to present artist at Venice Biennale’s US Pavilion (The Boston Globe)