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Doug Aitken: New Horizon

Rendering of New Horizon


Doug Aitken is widely known for his innovative fine art installations. Utilizing a wide array of artistic approaches, Aitken's eye leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Aitken earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale for the installation “electric earth,” the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, the 2013 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts, and the 2017 Frontier Art Prize.

Recent solo exhibitions include survey exhibitions at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2015), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2016), and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX, USA (2017). Major installations include Underwater Pavilions, presented by Parley for the Oceans and MOCA, Los Angeles, Catalina Island, CA, USA (2016) and the site-specific artwork Mirage, installed at Desert X, Palm Springs, CA, USA (2017), Detroit, MI, USA (2018), and Gstaad, Switzerland (2019).


World-renowned multimedia artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken presents his latest work, New Horizon. Commissioned by The Trustees, it will be the most ambitious project of The Trustees’ Art & the Landscape series. New Horizon will be a multi-site experience centered around a 100-foot-tall hot air balloon with a mirrored and illuminated surface. Each installation will be complemented by music, conversation, and food, inspiring visitors to experience the convergence of art and landscape. The traveling installation is Aitken’s first public artwork commission in the U.S. for a large statewide conservation nonprofit.

“When we began the Art & the Landscape project, we invited artists to create new work inspired by our places, but Doug Aitken has gone beyond that,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President & CEO. “He has created a project inspired by our mission and our organizational work, moving beyond one site specific installation to two weeks of installations. I look forward to seeing how his generative piece and the complementary programming transforms our places through not only beauty and spectacle, but also conversation, thought, and ideas.”

Aitken is known for working in every medium, from film and installations to architectural intervention, as a means to push and inspire the viewer to interpret the world around us with a new perspective. His works are often platforms for engagement that provoke innovative thought and dialogue.

“One of our intentions of the Art & the Landscape program is to increase access to the contemporary art experience among diverse audiences using The Trustees’ cultural and natural sites as the platform--or even, in Aikten’s case, as the medium itself,” adds Pedro Alonzo, Curator for the Art & the Landscape series. “Aitken is a master at engaging not only contemporary art enthusiasts but the broader general public, as well, in his incredibly innovative, creative work. This will be a unique, multi-sensory experience not to be missed.”


New Horizon will be on view in multiple locations throughout Massachusetts, from July 12 through 28, 2019.

The full schedule will be released on this page on April 30.

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