Lecture: Thursday Oct 10, 7:30
Born in 1955 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Pepón Osorio is one of the most significant artists working in the United States today. A master at installation art, Osorio is best known for his baroque, polemically charged environments. In Badge of Honor, 1995, first presented at a Newark storefront, Osorio reveals the relationship between a jailed father and his son through the recreation of the spaces they inhabit. The artist’s use of mass-produced objects coupled with his socio-anthropological savvy presents the spectator with the opportunity to engage in multiple readings of his work. Ultimately, they speak not only to the Latino community but to society in general.
Since 1990, Pepón Osiorio has participated in international venues such as the 1993 Biennial Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, InSite, San Diego/Tijuana, 1994, and the Second Johannesberg and the Sixth Havana Biennials, both in 1997. His numerous solo exhibitions include the Museo Nacional Centro de Arts Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain, 1999, the Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Puerto Rico, 2000, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2004; as well as group exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, which traveled to P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, Long Island City, NY, 2009, and Voces y Visiones, El Museo del Barrio, New York, 2010. Osorio’s works are in public collections such as The Menil Collection, P.S.1, The Walker Center for American Art, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and The National Museum of American Art, amongst others. Osorio was awarded the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts: Visual Arts and the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1999, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, 2001, The Smithsonian Legacy Award for the Visual Arts, 2008, and the Fleisher Art Memorial Founder’s Award, 2009. Since 2006 he has been a Professor of Art at the Tyler School of Art, Department of Art and Art Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.