“Year of the Snake”, is a site-specific installation that examines the identity and evolution of the old Public Museum of Grand Rapids, through its architecture and history, by transforming the entire Grand Hall into an interactive social environment. In it’s original incarnation, the Museum exhibited myriad species, from the greatest whale to the smallest snake. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 is The Year of the Snake. The snake, through the shedding of its skin, is a symbol of transformation. The Museum is experiencing a similar transformation; into what, only time will tell.

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Artist Bio

Mark Dean Veca lives and works in Los Angeles. He graduated with a BFA from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles in 1985. Recent solo exhibitions include: Made For You and Me, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York (2013); Mark Dean Veca: Raging Opulence, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California (2012); and When the Shit Hits the Fan, Western Project, Culver City, California (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (2013); Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California (2012); Visible, Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, California (2012); and Under the Influence: The Comics, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York (2012). He received fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts in 1998, 2002, and 2008, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2006, and a City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Grant in 2011.