LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University

Mark Dion: Museum Culture

Mark Dion: Museum Culture

Mark Dion

Mark Dion’s diverse body of work – from sculpture and installation to drawing and printmaking – has focused primarily on the history of natural history. Armed with a wry wit and critical eye, Dion examines and questions longstanding ideologies and the cultural institutions that have played a central role in disseminating the information we receive.

Dion has collaborated with the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies since 2008, producing seven remarkable print projects that often extend beyond the boundaries of traditional printmaking to address subjects such as taxonomy and classification, the evolution of museum collections, and the culture of hunting. On view here is Dion’s latest project, Museum Culture, a suite of eight screenprints, which borrows from nineteenth-century natural history illustrations to reconsider and challenge the narratives around the origins, missions and collecting practices of museums.

Image Credit:

Mark Dion, Notable Bird Beaks, 2020

"Over the past forty years museums have gone through a dramatic transformation as they strive to become more democratic, inclusive, accessible, responsive to the public and innovative. Needless to say, they still have a long way to go. The Museum’s relationship to funding, scholarship and education have all proven complex and problematic struggles in institutional identity. As someone who often collaborates with museums and intervenes within their collections and exhibitions, I feel like I have been an artist embedded in the battle for the Museum’s souls. This portfolio of prints in some ways represents my field journal notes from the front lines of the culture wars."

Mark Dion

Mark Dion

On the Exhibition of a Museum Collection Object from Museum Culture

2020

8.5 x 11 inches

Screenprint

Printed and published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Edition of 20

$5,000 for the portfolio of eight

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Mark Dion

Thorny Territory from Museum Culture

2020

12 x 9 inches

Screenprint

Printed and published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Edition of 20

$5,000 for the portfolio of eight

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Mark Dion signing edition

Mark Dion

Notable Bird Beaks of American History from Museum Culture

2020

8.5 x 11 inches

Screenprint

Printed and published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Edition of 20

$5,000 for the portfolio of eight

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Mark Dion

Intangible Associations from Museum Culture

2020

12 x 9 inches

Screenprint

Printed and published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Edition of 20

$5,000 for the portfolio of eight

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LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, studio view

Mark Dion

Exhibition Paradise and Perdition from Museum Culture

2020

11 x 14 inches

Screenprint

Printed and published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Edition of 20

$5,000 for the portfolio of eight

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Mark Dion

The Bestiary of Museum Visitors from Museum Culture

2020

8.5 x 11 inches

Screenprint

Printed and published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Edition of 20

$5,000 for the portfolio of eight

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LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, studio view

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On Museum Collection and Controls from Museum Culture

Mark Dion

2020

11 x 14 inches

Screenprint

Printed and published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Edition of 20

$5,000 for the portfolio of eight

Mark Dion

The Stegosaurus of Alfred H. Barr Jr. from Museum Culture

2020

11 x 14 inches

Screenprint

Printed and published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Edition of 20

$5,000 for the portfolio of eight

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -
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Mark Dion (American, born 1961) was awarded a BFA in 1986 and an honorary doctorate in 2002 from the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford, CT. He attended the School of Visual Arts, NY from 1983-1984 and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program from 1984-1985. Dion is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University in the UK and has an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from The Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia. He has received several awards, including the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award. Dion has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and his work is represented in museum collections here and abroad.

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