13 June. Rome’s MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo presents an encounter with leading international artist Mark Bradford, fresh from the ongoing Venice Biennale, at 18.00 on Tuesday 13 June.
Black, gay and liberal, Bradford uses the American pavilion to ask how he can represent the US when he no longer feels represented by his own government.
The Los Angeles-based artist has created a Palladian-style pavilion - with a nod to the White House - and turned its rotunda into a ruin, while in another room visitors have to squeeze around a giant hanging papier-mâché sculpture which dominates the space.
The Rome event will see Bradford in discussion with MAXXI artistic director Hou Hanru, with introductions by the director of MAXXI Arte, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, and the outgoing director of the American Academy in Rome, Kimberly Bowes. The event is supported by the US embassy to Italy.