Jorge Pardo in Conversation with Russell Ferguson
Russell Ferguson speaks with artist Jorge Pardo about his immersive installation, Mongrel, and how it relates to his previous work. They also discuss Pardo's creative methods and the ways in which his works address diverse audiences.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1963, Jorge Pardo studied at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Pardo’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Pinacoteca de Estado São Paulo, São Paulo (2019); Musée des Augustins, Toulouse (2014); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2010); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2009); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008); and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2007). Paintings by the artist were included in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017). Jorge Pardo currently lives and works in Mérida, Mexico.
Russell Ferguson is a curator and a writer. Formerly a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, he has organized many exhibitions, including In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O’Hara and American Art (1999) and Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition (2015), as well as solo exhibitions by Francis Alÿs, Patty Chang, Douglas Gordon, Liz Larner, Larry Johnson, and Christian Marclay. With Kerry Brougher, he organized Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 (2013).