The Myth of the Great Outright Extraordinary!

Richard Pell, 2016 Artist of the Year, Specific Radio
Richard Pell, 2016 Artist of the Year, The Specific Radio Star Chart
Friday, August 19, 2016 to Sunday, October 30, 2016

2016 Artist of the Year: Richard Pell
The Myth of the Great Outright Extraordinary!


Above all I strive to be a storyteller. I collect an artifact (an object, a recording, an idea) when I have a strong suspicion that it will one day tell me a story. The stories that an object can tell accumulate and change over time as the world around them changes. Some get better with age. Sometimes you lose the thread. The most interesting artifacts are the ones where the stories it tells are in conflict with one another. They exist in a state of exquisite ambiguity. Those are the ones you keep the longest, because they haven’t finished talking.

-     Richard Pell

About the artist:

Richard Pell is an artists working at the intersection of science and culture. He is the founder of the Center for PostNatural History, the world’s only museum dedicated to living organisms that have been intentionally bred or engineered by humans. His works have been shown at art museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, MassMoCA, ZKM, and at Museums of Natural History. He is a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, a National Academy of Science KAVLI Fellow and an Associate Professor of Art and Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a founding member of the Institute for Applied Autonomy.

Opening reception: Friday, August 19, 2016 5:30-9pm