Visiting Artist: Abigail de Ville

6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019
9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Ave. Part of the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series at Boston University School of Visual Arts. Free and open to the public. Abigail de Ville creates immersive installations composed of salvaged urban detritus and expressive painterly gestures. Often site-specific, her work confronts issues of displacement, migration, marginalization, and cultural invisibility. De Ville undertakes intensive preparatory research and acts as an archaeologist, collecting and reallocating found materials to give physical presence to unspoken stories and forgotten pasts. DeVille’s work has been exhibited at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO; Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine; New Museum, NY; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL. DeVille has designed sets for theatrical productions—at venues such as the Stratford Festival directed by Peter Sellers, Harlem Stage, La Mama, JACK, and Joe’s Pub directed by Charlotte Brathwaite. She has received honors including a fellowship at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, a Creative Capital grant, received an OBIE Award for design, and was nominated for The Future Generation Art Prize in 55th Biennale di Venezia. Recent residencies include the American Academy in Rome, Italy; and the Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in Captiva, Florida. She received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology and her MFA from Yale University.