My intention with this blog was to stick with events happening during the time frame of the class, but since Veronica Roberts discussed the logistics behind Allora and Calzadilla's installation at the Venice Biennale I thought you might like to read about it and look at images of this work. Be sure to click "more photos" and view the slide show.
In recent years, a number of artists selected to represent the US in the Venice Biennale have been fairly critical of American values, politics, etc. American involvement in the Venice Biennale is administered by the US State Department. Check out this 2010 call for museums to create proposals "to organize the official U.S. presentation." A committee in the State Department chooses the curator/museum. So is this art as propaganda? Why is the government underwriting an installation such as Allora and Calzadilla's?