Secret art in the archive

David Kennedy-Cutler, whose Antarctic art will also appear in our nearly-finished work-in-progress book, told us about a cool thing at The Explorers Club New York – someone secretly planted contemporary art into the archive, including some of his Antarctic soap images. I can find nothing more about the show but love the new+old. That’s where David had to go get some of his work from recently to be shot to include in The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning.

Please check out our forthcoming book to see his work. But for fun now, here was another show at The Explorer’s Club this summer. This clever exhibition pertains to explorers, science and discovery in another part of the world, a country that also has an Antarctic research station. There, Wendy learned to make dumplings.

Mark Dion Project Considers Sterling Clark’s 1908-09 Expedition to China

May 7, 2012, Williamstown, MA–The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a new installation by artist Mark Dion, Phantoms of the Clark Expedition, reflecting on the history of exploration and on an expedition to North China that the Institute’s founder Sterling Clark undertook in 1908.  On view May 9 to August 3, 2012, the installation consists of a series of dioramas and sculptures representing objects and specimens that would have been used or collected during expeditions that occurred in that era. The installation is being presented at The Explorers Club at 46 East 70th Street in New York.

The Clark commissioned Dion to create the new work as part of the Institute’s commemoration of the centennial of the 1912 publication of Through Shên-kan: The Account of the Clark Expedition in North China, 1908–9, written by Sterling Clark and naturalist Arthur deCarle Sowerby.  The Explorers Club site was selected both for its connections to the history of exploration and for its links to the Clark family’s history. The brick townhouse was the former home of Sterling Clark’s brother Stephen, and is the current site of the Clark’s New York office.

“Mark has created a provocative project with compelling connections to the idea of exploration and to early interest in northwest China,” said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. “Mark’s work adds a fresh, contemporary dimension to our founder’s previously overlooked contribution to science and learning.”

Read more on Hyperallergic: Sensitive to Art & its Discontents site, “The Ambition and Arrogance of Exploration”

Installation view of Phantoms of the Clark Expedition (image -the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute)


Mark Dion, "Provisions & Equipment-Clark Expedition" (2012) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic

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