Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist

Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist

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Mark Dion creates taxonomic installations that explore the way institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Collecting objects and ephemera, Dion then arranges them in installations reminiscent of historical curiosity cabinets. Engaging in a form of amateur archaeology, Dion has dredged a canal in Venice for a piece at the Biennale, and the London Thames for an installation at the Tate Modern. For Rescue Archaeology (2004) at the Museum of Modern Art, he conducted excavations of the construction site for the building’s extension in 2000, uncovering old keys, bathroom tiles, and fragments of wallpaper, among other objects.

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