AN ATLAS OF ES DEVLIN
On View November 18, 2023 through august 11, 2024
The genre-defying British contemporary artist and designer Es Devlin (b. 1971) is globally renowned for her large-scale, illuminated installations and sculptures for performances. Her wide-ranging practice, which began in small-scale theater, has been experienced by millions in some of the world’s most prominent museums, galleries, opera houses, arena, and stadia. Her highly collaborative work is at once deeply personal and inherently collective. Devlin views the audience as a temporary society and invites public participation in communal works to encourage profound cognitive shifts.
For her first monographic museum exhibition, Devlin will install her 30-year archive across the third floor of the museum. An Atlas of Es Devlin will feature over 300 sketches, paintings, illuminated paper cuts, and projection-mapped rotating miniature sculptures that form the seeds of some of the most iconic, cultural congregations of music, poetry, art, and activism in recent times.
The exhibition is made possible with major support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Generous support is provided by Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer. Support is also provided by the Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery Endowment Fund, Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, the Lemberg Foundation and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.
Es Devlin, “Forest of Us.” Photo by Andrea Mora. Image courtesy of Es Devlin.
Featured Image: Line drawing of the Carnegie Mansion