The National Academy of Design is pleased to present Materia/Material, an experimental exhibition that is the culmination of a summer residency on Governors Island exploring sustainable art and design practices. The exhibition will feature work by renowned artists and architects.
Organized by the National Academy in partnership with Materials for the Arts, the residency brought together six artists – National Academicians and alumni of Materials for the Arts’ residency and exhibitions programs – who engaged the site and context of a historic house on the island’s Nolan Park over the course of six weeks this summer. The exhibition will feature work produced on-site by residency artists in dialogue with complementary works by artists and architects from outside the group of residents.
The exhibition title makes reference to materia (the Spanish word for matter) as a conceptual framework that points to the materialization of ideas from which an object is conceived. In this way, materia suggests how material is embedded with knowledge, regardless of its use value in a given moment.
As the epilogue to the residency, Materia/Material tells its own story, presenting artworks and architectural installations that express concepts of regeneration, materiality, sustainability, histories of exhibition making and experimental display, rebuilding from scratch, engagement with and integration of the natural environment, and ephemeral and mobile structures.