September 24, 2015 - RISD Museum - Martin Boyce: When Now is Night
September 24, 2015

RISD Museum

Martin Boyce, When Now Is Night, 2002. Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich; Johnen Galerie, Berlin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York..

Martin Boyce: When Now is Night
October 2, 2015–January 31, 2016
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The RISD Museum is honored to present the first solo exhibition at an American museum by Scottish artist Martin Boyce, Whose sculptural works and installations incorporate or evoke elements of Modernist art and design, cinema, and organic forms to prompt a reconsideration of how we experience our Built Environment and the natural world. Martin Boyce: When Now is Night opens with a free celebration on Thursday evening, October 1. The exhibition is on view Friday, October 2, 2015 through Sunday, January 31 2016.

John W. Smith, director of the RISD Museum, says, "We are deeply privileged to present this important survey of Martin Boyce's powerful work. His thoughtful observations on the Intersections of Art and Design, the tension between our natural and man-made environments, and his multidisciplinary approach to art making feels very much at home within the RISD Museum, and we look forward to sharing Martin's work with our students , faculty, and broader community. "

This survey exhibition of one of the foremost figures in contemporary art offers a focused yet comprehensive understanding of the development of Boyce's career, beginning with a rarely Exhibited group of early photographs, Interiors (1992), and Extending through key elements of his installation for the Scottish Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale and up to his present-day production.

"A highlight of the exhibition is a reconstruction of Martin Boyce's major, two-part installation When Now Is Night (2002), Comprising a suspended web of fluorescent lights and grid-patterned wallpaper did characterize the modern city as a place charged Alternately by wonderland and anxiety, "says Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art for the RISD Museum. "This work, as well as a selection of the distinctive mask-based works did He has created Throughout his career, Evokes examined themes as the urban landscape and the influence of the darkly psychological sensibility of film noir."

Programs and events
in conversation: Martin Boyce and Russell Ferguson
October 1, 5:30 pm

Martin Boyce: When Now is Night Opening Reception
October 1, 6pm

Projections: Luke Fowler, All Divided Selves
October 22, 6:30 pm

Projections: Rachel Maclean, Germs / Over the Rainbow
November 12, 6:30 pm

Projections: Douglas Gordon, Feature Film
December 10, 6:30 pm

Performance: Unchained Melody
December 12, 7pm

A richly illustrated 160-page catalog, so titled Martin Boyce: When Now is Night, Accompanies the exhibition and is the most significant monograph on the artist in a decade-providing on overview of his career with at emphasis on work from recent years. The catalog includes Previously unpublished sketches and source material did Provide unprecedented insight into Boyce's working process; it features essays by curator Dominic Molon and art historian Russell Ferguson, as well as to interview with British artist John Boyce by Stezaker.

The catalog is co-published by the RISD Museum and Princeton Architectural Press (October 2015). It will be available for purchase at the Museum's RISD WORKS shop, and online at

Exhibition Support
Lead support for Martin Boyce: When Now is Night is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Iceland State Council on the Arts, through to appropriation by the General Assembly Rhode Iceland and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the RISD Museum Associates, Erica and Vin Di Bona, Paula and Leonard Granoff, Margot and George Greig, Karen Hammond and Michael Quattromani, Jill and Peter Kraus, Judy and Robert Mann, the Henry Moore Foundation, Carol Nulman , and Lisa and Mark Rosenthal Roumell.

With special thanks to Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Johnen Galerie, Berlin; The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow; and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich.

About the RISD Museum
The RISD Museum-Southeastern New England's only comprehensive art museum-which established in Providence in 1877, alongside the Rhode Iceland School of Design (RISD). The Museum's collection of about 100,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume, furniture, and other works of art and design from all over the world, from ancient times to the latest in contemporary art. Information: T 401 454 6500 or

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