The Architecture of Memory

25 MAY – 26 NOVEMBER 2018

This exhibition places Paula Crown’s artwork in an international architectural biennale festival setting—underscoring the basic critical building blocks that form the languages of contemporary sculpture and architecture. The installation, along with its supporting publication, educational programs, and student workshops provide a valuable overview of Crown’s contribution to recent installation art and object production. The Architecture of Memory, installed in Studio Cannaregio, a new exhibition space in the oldest part of Venice and adjacent to the Jewish Ghetto, runs concurrent with the 16th Venice International Architectural Biennale. The installation adds its own distinctive and independent voice to the festival that focuses on the Biennale theme of Freespace. Crown's multifaceted works draw upon critical references and advanced studio practices—examining public interactions and built space with significance and wit.


The Architecture of Memory is a partner program to the American Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.


Courtesy of the artist



Paula Crown is a multimedia artist with a practice encompassing drawing, painting, video and sculpture. Crown rigorously incorporates cutting-edge technology, collaboration and a commitment to sustainability in her studio. Crown has had solo exhibitions at the Aspen Institute (2013), Dallas Contemporary (2014), the Marlborough Gallery in New York (2015), and the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas (2016). She has participated in several group exhibitions nationally, including For Freedoms (2016), at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, and Mount Analogue (2016), curated by Neville Wakefield, at Performance Ski in Aspen. In the spring of 2017, Crown had her first international solo show at 10 Hanover in London, England. Crown earned her M.F.A. in painting and drawing in 2012 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Marblehead, Mass., the artist lives and works in Chicago and Aspen.


April Opening at Dallas Contemporary, 2018. Photo by Bruno



Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum presenting new and fresh ideas from regional, national and international artists. Modeled after European art centers and located in an industrial building in the Design District, Dallas Contemporary is one of the only institutions of its kind in the United States, offering temporary exhibitions, important lectures and seminal learning programs.

Photo by zhúzhalka



Peter Doroshenko is the Executive Director at Dallas Contemporary. He previously held directorship positions at Pinchuk Art Centre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst and the Institute of Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2007 and 2009, he was the commissioner of the Ukrainian Pavilion for La Biennale di Venezia. In 2002, he was awarded the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministrère de la Culture et de la Communication in Paris, France for his embrace of post-structuralist theory.



Cannaregio 1345/D (enter on Calle Conterie side)



25 May – 26 November 2018

10.00 AM – 6.00 PM daily


Closed on Mondays

Admission is free

Studio Cannaregio

Vaporetto: S. Marcuola-Casino

Vaporetto: Guglie

Train Station: Venezia Santa Lucia

Ponte delle Guglie

Casinò di Venezia / Wagner Museum

Fondaco dei Turchi

Museo Ebraico (Jewish Museum)

Orsoni Furnace

Università Cà Foscari di Venezia

Church of Madonna dell’Orto

DIRECTIONS from S. Marcuola-Casino (Line 1 or 2)

1. Exit S. Marcuola-Casino, continue onto Salita Fontego

2. Turn left onto Rio Terà Drio la Chiesa

3. Turn right onto Rio Terà del Cristo

4. Turn left onto Rio Terà S. Leonardo

5. Turn right onto Calle Rabbia

6. Turn right onto Calle Case Nuove

7. Turn left onto Calle Conterie, continue to Studio Cannaregio


Esther Park, PR Manager:

Paula Crown

Installation view of Solo Together, 2016

Courtesy of the artist