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Spark transformative encounters with contemporary visionaries

February 28 – March 2, 2023

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The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the 14th edition of SCAD deFINE ART, the university’s annual program of talks, tours, and exhibitions featuring work by contemporary art’s most vital voices. This year’s dynamic programming, presented Feb. 28–March 2, includes a keynote conversation with renowned Cuban-American artist, sculptor, and 2023 SCAD deFINE ART honoree Jorge Pardo; a screening of Argentine-Israeli video artist Mika Rottenberg’s feature film REMOTE; and a keynote lecture by New York-based multidisciplinary artist Rachel Feinstein, among other illuminating gallery talks, panels, and conversations.

The programming complements new exhibitions on view at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, featuring work by Pardo, Rottenberg, Feinstein, and other globally renowned artists including Ann Craven, Hassan Hajjaj, Chase Hall, Gyun Hur, Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong, Josh Sperling, and Ana Bel Lee Washington — an international roster of artists representing countries and regions including Argentina, Cuba, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, South Korea, the U.K., and the U.S.

SCAD deFINE ART honoree Jorge Pardo upends distinctions between function and fine art through a wide-ranging practice that includes sculpture, installation, painting, design and built environments. With an emphasis on craftsmanship, the artist creates opulent interventions for both the public and private sphere that challenge the expectations of designed objects and spaces. In this exhibition of new work, Pardo places familiar, everyday items within the formal, albeit grand, setting of the art space. These objects are transformed from their quotidian function into a distinctive installation that reflects the power of aesthetic principles to inform our thinking and behavior.

Alive with color and form, a series of hand-blown glass pendant lamps are suspended from the museum ceiling and scattered in a glowing spectrum that spans over 100 feet. Responding to the unique length of the gallery, Pardo also situates a new grand-scale textile within the space. Collaging the singular image from previous paintings, the artist remixes his work into a monumental digital print. This piece is presented on a massive table, assembled from wood panels intricately carved in abstract patterns based on mangrove roots. Through the careful placement of these elements in the gallery, Pardo’s dynamic, decorative installation questions notions of inherent function, and emphasizes the relationship between art and life.

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