Allora & Calzadilla
|Allora & Calzadilla|
Allora & Calzadilla, "Stop Repair, Prepare", 2008
|Born||Jennifer Allora Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 20, 1974 |
Guillermo Calzadilla Havana, Cuba January 10, 1971
|Education||Jennifer Allora: University of Richmond, Virginia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Guillermo Calzadilla: Escuela de Artes Plasticas, San Juan and Bard College|
|Known for||performance, sculpture, video art, and sound art|
Jennifer Allora (born 20 March 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (born 10 January 1971) are a collaborative duo of visual artists who live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They represented the USA in the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Early life and education
Jennifer Allora was born in 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1996 she received a BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia. In 2003 she attained a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Between 1998-9 she was a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.
Allora & Calzadilla met while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. They have worked together since 1995. Allora & Calzadilla work in a variety of media and they have collaboratively produced an expansive interdisciplinary body of work including sculpture, photography, performance art, sound and video. Their artistic practice engages with history and contemporary geo-political realities, destabilizing and re-ordering them in ways that can be alternately humorous, poetic, and revelatory.
Allora & Calzadilla's work has been featured in solo exhibitions internationally, including Haus der Kunst, Munich (2008), Serpentine Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007), Les Rencontres d'Arles festival, France (2008), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2008), Kunsthalle Zurich (2007), National Museum of Art, Oslo (2009)  and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2007). Allora & Calzadilla also participated in the 5th and 7th Gwangju Biennale (2004 and 2008).
2011 Venice Biennale
On September 8, 2010, the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced the selection of Allora & Calzadilla as the American representative to the 2011 Venice Biennale, marking the first time for artists living in Puerto Rico represent the U.S. The Indianapolis Museum of Art presented their work, which consisted of 6 new commissions. In The Brooklyn Rail, writer David St.-Lascaux describes the pavilion installation Gloria: "First, there’s the tank, lying upside down in the gravel. Then there’s the architrave: STATI UNITI D’AMERICA, in Trajan column capitals. And then there’s the 7’6” copy of the U.S. Capitol’s crowning Statue of Freedom, in blackened bronze, lying inside the 'Solaris 442 sun bed.'"
Their works are held in a number of public institutions, including:
- Museum of Modern Art
- Tate Modern
- Dallas Museum of Art
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Awards & Grants
- 2000-2001 Cintas Fellowship
- 2002 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
- 2004 Gwangju Biennial Prize
- 2006 Nam June Paik Award Finalist
- 2006 Hugo Boss Prize Finalist
- 2007 Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award laureate, France
- 2008 DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Berlin
- Michel Feher (ed.) Non-Governmental Politics, Zone Books & the MIT Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-890951-74-0
- Yates McKee, “Allora & Calzadilla. The monstrous dimension of art,” Flash Art, Milan, no. 240, January–February 2005.
- J.J. Charlesworth, “Allora & Calzadilla: Power Plays,” Art Review, London, Issue 15, October 2007.
- Tom McDonough, “Use What Sinks: Allora & Calzadilla,” Art in America, New York City, no. 1, January 2008.
- Yates McKee, "Wake, Vestige, Survival: Sustainability and the Politics of the Trace in Allora and Calzadilla’s Land Mark," October #133, MIT Press, summer 2010.
- U.S. Department of State "Allora & Calzadilla to Represent United States at 54th Venice Art Biennale" Retrieved September 9, 2010
- "Allora and Calzadilla CV", Lisson Gallery, Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- PBS Art21
- Yablonsky, Linda. "Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla", Interview Magazine, Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- "Fondazione Nicola trussardi - Fault Lines Allora & Calzadilla", Fondazione Nicola trussardi, Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- Haus der Kunst, Munich
- Serpentine Gallery
- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
- Kunsthalle Zurich
- National Museum of Art, Oslo
- Renaissance Society
- St.-Lascaux, David (Jul–Aug 2011). "Allora & Calzadilla: Gloria". The Brooklyn Rail.
- "The Collection: Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla", Museum of Modern Art, Retrieved December 6 2014.
- "Balance of Power", Tate, Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Under Discussion", Dallas Museum of Art, Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Ruin, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla", MCA Chicago, Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- 2004 Gwangju Biennial Prize
- Michel Feher (ed. by). Non-Governmental Politics, Zone Books & the MIT Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-890951-74-0
- Galerie Chantal Crousel: Allora & Calzadilla
- Gladstone Gallery: Allora & Calzadilla
- Kurimanzutto Gallery: Allora & Calzadilla
- Lisson Gallery: Allora & Calzadilla
- Allora & Calzadilla Interview with Carlos Motta. Online resources include video Returning a Sound (2004)
- Allora & Calzadilla in artfacts
- Allora & Calzadilla at Kunstverein Munchen and Haus der Kunst
- TateShots at the Venice Biennale 2011: Allora and Calzadilla at the American Pavilion 9 June 2011
- Allora & Calzadilla's profile at Kadist Art Foundation
- Allora & Calzadilla Kapsul Image Collection
- The Year in Art: Times are Tough? Bring on Vermeer and the Pianos by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, December 20, 2009 
- Art in Review: Allora & Calzadilla by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, January 30, 2009
- Allora & Calzadilla by Ingrid Chu, Frieze Online Blog, February 23, 2009 
- Trumpets and Turtles by Sally O’Reilly, Frieze, Issue 108, June-August 2007
- Sound Tracks: Hannah Feldman on the Art of Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla by Hannah Feldman, Artforum, May 2007