|Cuándo:||09 feb de 2019 - 21 abr de 2019|
|Inauguración:||09 feb de 2019|
|Dónde:||Valle de Coachella / Valle de Coachella / Coachella, California, Estados Unidos|
|Comisariada por:||Amanda Hunt, Matthew Schum|
|Organizada por:||Desert Biennial|
|Artistas participantes:||Armando Lerma, Cecilia Bengolea, Cinthia Marcelle|
The Desert X second edition will open February 9, 2019 through the end of April 2019 with an expanded curatorial and executive leadership team. Returning Artistic Director Neville Wakefield is joined by Director of Education & Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Amanda Hunt and Los Angeles-based independent writer and curator Matthew Schum as co-curators. Jenny Gil, appointed as Executive Director, was most recently with Faena Art, Miami, and in her new position is charged with overseeing the exhibition’s administration and management to ensure the long-term stability of the organization. The second iteration of the recurring international contemporary art exhibition will again activate California’s desert landscape through site-specific installations by renowned international contemporary artists. “The board and I are thrilled Neville Wakefield is continuing as our Artistic Director. His inspired vision and sincere empathy for the desert and the community are qualities we wanted to reengage for 2019,” said Desert X President and Founder Susan Davis. “With the addition of Jenny Gil, who brings enormous expertise and international knowledge to the organization, and with the talents of Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum, we have a team in place that will enrich and broaden the next Desert X and possibly make it an even larger success than our first.” “The inaugural Desert X was both an honor to work on and an extraordinary journey into the unknown with some of the most significant artists working today. I could not have anticipated the overwhelming response to the exhibition, and the lure of the desert and its endless possibilities continue to inspire me,” said Desert X Artistic Director, Neville Wakefield. “I want to delve even further into its potential and Amanda and Matthew bring valuable experience and a deep understanding and passion for presenting work in response to landscape, place and larger social and environmental issues.” Desert X 2017 garnered international critical and popular acclaim for an exhibition of site-specific artworks and installation projects by some of today’s most recognized international contemporary artists, including Doug Aitken, Lita Albuquerque, Jennifer Bolande, Will Boone, Claudia Comte, Jeffrey Gibson, Sherin Guirguis, Norma Jeane, Glenn Kaino, Gabriel Kuri, Armando Lerma, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Julião Sarmento, Phillip K. Smith III and Tavares Strachan. It attracted an audience of more than 200,000 diverse and multi-generational, local and international visitors over nine-weeks. The exhibition engaged millions across social and digital media channels and was the recipient of multiple awards for its extensive education and community programs and partnerships, which enrolled hundreds of local and national volunteers, docents, educators, and students.
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