Mark Bradford: Tomorrow is Another Day
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
57th Venice Biennale, Italy
May 13 – November 26, 2017
Production I Publication Grant
Mark Bradford, a leading abstract painter, was selected to represent the U.S. at the 57th Venice Biennale, in a new commission presented by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The U.S. Pavilion exhibition, Tomorrow is Another Day, borrows its title from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel Gone with the Wind, which serves as Bradford’s point of departure for its themes of love, violence, and racism during and after the Civil War. For his work, Bradford explores the contemporary context of these themes and the resonance of reconstructionist attitudes today.
In conjunction with the U.S. Pavilion exhibition, Bradford embarked on a six-year collaboration with the Venice social cooperative nonprofit Rio Tera dei Pensieri, which provides employment opportunities to men and women incarcerated in Venice to create artisanal goods and other products and supports their re-integration into society. VIA’s support is directed at a catalogue encompassing Bradford’s artistic and social practice that accompanies his U.S. Pavilion exhibition and community outreach in Venice.