Daniel Joseph Martinez

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Monday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr.

Throughout his nearly four-decade career, Daniel Joseph Martinez has engaged in an interrogation of social, political, and cultural mores through artworks that have been described as nonlinear, asymmetrical, and multidimensional propositions. Operating with fluidity and as open-source manifestations not bound by any singular category, his works extend from the ephemeral to the solid. Martinez’s practice takes the form of text, sculpture, photography, painting, installation, robotics, performance, and public interventions to unapologetically question issues of personal and collective identity, vision and visuality, and the fissures formed between the appearance and the perception of difference. Ongoing themes include contamination, history, surveillance, violence, nomadic power, cultural resistance, war, dissentience, and systems of symbolic exchange, directed toward the precondition of politics coexisting as radical beauty. Their commonality is that they all address topics of race, class, and sociopolitical boundaries present within American society.

Martinez represented the United States in 11 biennials worldwide, including the 45th Venice Biennale; 12th Istanbul Biennial; 6th Berlin Biennale; 2008 California Biennial; 2013 Lyon Biennale, France; 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials. He represented the United States in the American Pavilion for the 2006 Cairo Biennial, in addition to two international projects of the US Department of State. Martinez has received three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Fellowships, a fellowship from the Getty Center, an Alpert Award in the Arts, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Most recently, Martinez received the prestigious honor of receiving the
Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany (Berlin Prize) in 2016. Committed to grass-roots organizations, Martinez was a co-founder of Deep River and LA><Art, both in Los Angeles. He remains active on multiple nonprofit boards, is represented by five monographs, and is currently working on a new book based on his residency in Berlin. Martinez is a Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of California at Irvine.

Tuesday, April 4, 4:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Join Daniel Joseph Martinez for a conversation with Deana Haggag, President and CEO of United States Artists and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989), artist and professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University. Moderated by Arnold J. Kemp, SAIC Dean of Graduate Studies.

Presented in partnership with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies

Roberts & Tilton Gallery

The American Academy in Berlin

“Daniel Joseph Martinez offers a front-row seat to a famous artistic murder – Starring himself,” Los Angeles Times, by Carolina A. Miranda

Interview with Gilbert Vicario, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

“Daniel Joseph Martinez with Phong Bui,” Brooklyn Rail

“Daniel Joseph Martinez Review,” Art in America, by Annie Buckley

"A Scaffolding of Viral Signifiers," The Berlin Journal, by Juli Carson [PDF]

"Change Agent," Artforum, by Michael Ned Holte

"What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation," by Tom Finkelpearl [PDF]

"Exhibition as Social Intervention: 'Culture in Action,'" by Joshua Decter and Helmut Draxler [PDF]




Daniel Joseph Martinez, Call Me Ishmael: The Fully Enlightened Earth Radiates Disaster Triumphant, 2006, silicon, fiberglass, computer-controlled pneumatics, animatronic sculpture, dimensions variable, room installation, dimensions variable. Represented the United States Pavilion, Tenth International Biennale of Cairo, Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, 2006.  Daniel Joseph Martinez, Divine Violence, 2007, gold enamel automotive paint on panel with matte black lettering. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. From 2008 Whitney Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California Daniel Joseph Martinez, Mr. T. Meat Market (from the series Field notes from South Los Angeles; this world is a fleshless one where madness, love and heretics are all I know), 2013, pigment print on Canson Infinity Baryata, 13.43 x 24 inches, edition of 10 (2 AP). Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California Daniel Joseph Martinez, Museum Tags: Second Movement (overture); or, Overture con claque (Overture with Hired Audience Members), 1993, paint and enamel on metal. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. From 1993 Whitney Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California Daniel Joseph Martinez, Karl-Marx-Allee is a monumental socialist boulevard built by the GDR between 1952 and 1960 in Berlin, former East Berlin / East Germany, 2017, digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California