U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Office of the Press Secretary, press@usdat.us
For Immediate Release: June 3, 2005


ISTANBUL - Secretary-at-Large Randall M. Packer announced plans today from the Consulate in Istanbul that the US Department of Art & Technology intends to begin the reclamation of the American Pavilion at the opening of the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005.

Acting on the wishes of Walter L. Clark, founder of the American Pavilion, who stated in 1930 at the first opening: "it is proposed that, if the United States government ever creates a Department of Art, the building will be turned over to the supervision of such a governmental department."

Secretary-at-Large Packer has notified Biennale President Davide Croff, asking for his cooperation with the Department's new initiative to reclaim the American Pavilion and transform it as the "Virtual Pavilion" - a borderless Pavilion - for the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007. The theme of the exhibition will be, "Empire Runs its Course" as a response to the current exhibition by Ed Ruscha, "Course of Empire."

According to Packer, "We live in historic times: freedom is advancing from Washington, DC, to the Piazza San Marco. With the "Virtual Pavilion," we will transcend our physical reality, entering the medial space in the dream of an aesthetic hyperculture and its unlimited possibilities - to inhabit this space with a polymorphic and long-lived presence. And yes, we will prevail!"

Follow the reportage of the Secretary-at-Large, live from the 51st Venice Biennale, June 10 - 19th at the Department Website:


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