80th Graduation Speaker Announced

Head of School Bradford Bates announced to the senior class that this year's graduation speaker will be Christopher Bedford.

Christopher Bedford is the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Since joining the Rose in September of 2012, he has organized exhibitions by Walead Beshty, Mark Bradford, Chris Burden, Mika Rottenberg, and Lisa Yuskavage, in addition to the new exhibition initiatives Rose Projects and Rose Video.

Bates told the seniors that he chose Bedford because he represents so many of the values that we hold dear at Dublin School and is a young leader making a difference in the world. Bates was introduced to Bedford through Trustee Dan Phillips and his wife Cathy (a former Dublin Trustee). According to Bates, "Bedford took the position at the Rose during a difficult time in the Museum's history and made a series of courageous and thoughtful moves to establish the Rose as a leading museum of contemporary art in Boston. His approach has been both bold and inclusive. He is a great example of a young leader making their part of the world a more reflective and thought provoking space. I am excited to hear his message to our students."

Prior to joining the Rose, Bedford was Chief Curator at the Wexner Center for the Art at The Ohio State University in Columbus. In his almost four years at the Wexner Center, Bedford organized numerous exhibitions including Hard Targets (a multimedia show exploring sports and masculinity); Mark Bradford, a major mid-career survey of the L.A.-based artist; a small Susan Philipsz show and an Alyson Shotz project.  Major monographic exhibitions organized for the Wexner Center include Katy Moran, Erwin Redl, Tobias Putrih, Pipilotti Rist, Nathalie Djurberg, Ernst Caramelle, Elliott Hundley, Paula Hayes, Sarah Morris, David Smith, Omer Fast and Paul Sietsema.  For the two years prior to joining the Wexner Center, Bedford was with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as assistant curator in the Department of Contemporary Art, where he curated Contemporary Projects 11: Hard Targets—Masculinity and Sport (which inspired a similar traveling show organized and circulated by Independent Curators International, and which was a smaller version of the Wexner Center show).  Before going to LACMA, Bedford served as a curatorial assistant and then consulting curator in the department of sculpture and decorative arts at the Getty Museum in L.A.  Along with co-curators Jennifer Wulffson and Kristina Newhouse, Bedford was the recipient of the 2008 Fellows of Contemporary Art Curators’ Award for the exhibition Superficiality and Superexcrescence. Bedford has published essays, book reviews, editorials and exhibition reviews in The Burlington Magazine, Artforum, Artforum.com<http://artforum.com/>, Art in America, Tema Celeste, Sculpture Journal, Frieze, The Art Book, Afterall, October, Word & Image, and caa.reviews, as well as numerous essays in anthologies and exhibition catalogues. In addition to completed volumes for Duke University Press and Sculpture Journal, he is currently working on an edited volume for the MIT Press and is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles-based contemporary art journal X-TRA. A citizen of the UK, Bedford holds a B.A. in art history from Oberlin College and an M.A. in art history from Case Western Reserve University.

Bedford has been in the news recently for his work with Mark Bradford, who was just chosen to represent the United States Pavilion at the renowned Venice Biennial in 2017.

Dublin School Graduation will take place on June 4th, 2016 at 10:00 a m.

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