Mark Dion

Mark Dion
The Field Station of the Melancholy Marine Biologist
mixed media
194 3/4 x 289 1/2 x 108 inches; 494.7 x 735.3 x 274.3 cm
Installation view, Indicators: Artists on Climate Change, Storm King, Cornwall, NY, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson

Introduced and followed by a conversation with Maureen Raymo, Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Co-Founding Dean of Columbia Climate School.


Renowned visual artist Mark Dion presents recent work, including a forthcoming project on Governors Island.


Co-presented by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Trust for Governors Island.




Artist Statement


“Mark Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention. Appropriating archaeological, field ecology and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkammen of the 16th and 17th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the objectivity and authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society, tracking how pseudo-science, social agendas and ideology creep into public discourse and knowledge production.”

Event Time & Date

Date: Thu October 7, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Online
Tickets: Register