Special Exhibition Program: Mark Dion

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Mark Dion, Storm King Environmental Field Station, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles. Photograph by Jeffrey Jenkins.

Join Mark Dion for a conversation and walking tour of selected works in the 2019 special exhibition Mark Dion: Follies. Visitors will able to enter and activate the site-specific Storm King Environmental Field Station (2019).

Since the mid-1990s, Dion has frequently employed the form of the architectural folly in his ongoing investigation of intersections between culture and nature. Visitors to these compact, decorative structures are invited to peer through windows and doors, and in some instances enter and explore their intricate interiors. Through these enclosed installations Dion makes possible his presentation of complex visual material in public and outdoor spaces.

At the conclusion of his talk, Dion will sign editioned box sets, which will be available for sale at the program. Each box takes its design from nineteenth-century cigar boxes that can be seen in the work, Memory Box (2016), on view as part of the exhibition. Within the box, a spiral-bound field guide to the exhibition is accompanied by a hand-numbered edition label and a glass vial with a sample of natural materials taken from Storm King’s site; each sample is unique.

This public program is free with admission to Storm King. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Details

  • The walking tour will begin outside the Museum Building at 2pm.
  • Visitors should arrive at Storm King at least 45 minutes prior to the start to allow for parking, travel to the program location, and use of amenities. **For attendees traveling from locations south of Storm King, please note that northbound traffic along 9W will be impacted by an event at West Point Academy**
  • The program will include walking and standing for up to an hour and a half. Please contact us should you require special assistance.
  • General Admission RSVPs are appreciated and suggested for updates about the event. RSVP here.


Mark Dion: Follies is made possible by generous lead support from the Hazen Polsky Foundation, Ronald and Sandra Kossar in honor of H. Peter Stern, the Lipman Family Foundation, the Ohnell Charitable Lead Trust, and the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust. Support is also provided by Janet Inskeep Benton, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Roberta and Steven Denning and The Helis Foundation. This program is also funded, in part, by the County of Orange and Orange County Tourism.

Exhibition-related programming and outreach is made possible by generous lead support from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. Support is also provided by the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support is provided by Ronald and Sandra Kossar in honor of H. Peter Stern, and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. Special thanks to the Goldie Anna Charitable Trust. Artist talks are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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