Lucelia Artist Award
Jorge Pardo was the inaugural winner of the Lucelia Artist Award. Pardo frequently transforms spaces with his projects that deal with the presentation, context, and perception of art. Early in his career, Pardo examined issues of interior space and human scale using pin-hole cameras. His work-which he calls sculptures-varies from hanging lamps and furniture to architectural projects, such as the house that he designed, built, and lived in for a time as an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His installations are in demand in the United States, Japan, and Europe, particularly in Germany. In 2000, Pardo designed a renovation of the ground floor of the Dia Center for the Arts in New York City. His Project transformed the museum's lobby, bookstore, and first-floor gallery.
Pardo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1963. At the age of six, he moved with his family to Chicago. In 1988, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Currently he lives and works in Los Angeles. Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York City and 1301PE in Los Angeles represent Pardo.
John Baldessari, artist
Dan Cameron, senior curator at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City
Lynne Cooke, curator at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York City
Bruce Ferguson, dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University
Elizabeth Smith, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago
Pictured: Jorge Pardo, Project, 2000, Three parts: lobby, bookshop and gallery, Dia Center for the Arts, New York City, Photo by Cathy Carver