• As part of the installation, gymnasts perform routines on wood replicas of business class seats from Delta and American Airlines. "We are playing with simple associations," Allora told The Guardian – "the relation between air travel and the way nations project themselves; the way air travel is bound up in notions of class, comfort, leisure, business. Airlines say a lot about culture and nations."

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School of Architecture + Planning alumna represents U.S. at Venice Biennale

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla create a sensation at national pavilion.


School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) alumna Jennifer Allora SMVisS ’03, with her partner Guillermo Calzadilla — jointly known as Allora & Calzadilla, an artist team working in Puerto Rico — are representing the United States at this year's prestigious Venice Biennale.

Hailed by the Kunst Bulletin as "the shooting stars of the international art scene," and prominently featured in The New York Times (May 12, 2011), Allora & Calzadilla are showing six new works in Venice developed specifically for the U.S. pavilion as part of an installation called Gloria that will be on display through Nov. 27.

According to NPR's Christopher Livesay, the whole experience is "majestically profane and destined for controversy, just as works from such past Biennale artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns were in their day."

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