A Dudek Timeline
Born: 1952, Adams, Massachusetts. Birthplace of Susan B. Anthony. Location of Mount Greylock, the tallest mountain in Massachusetts, which inspired stories by Hawthorne and Melville.
1976-78: Moves to the Bowery in NYC. Studies at the School of Visual Arts with Louise Bourgeois, Ronald Bladen, Joel Shapiro, Jackie Windsor, Donald Kuspit and Carter Ratcliff. Concentrates on sculpture and develops architectural projects (BFA, 1977). Scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, summer of 1978. Builds first large scale, outdoor project at Skowhegan.
1978-83: Moves to Times Square. Enters Masters Program at Hunter College. Studies with Tony Smith, Robert Morris, Antoni Milkowski and E.C. Goossen. Writes thesis, “The Social and Aesthetic Influences on Frederick Law Olmstead”, (MA, 1983). Travels to France and Italy. Continues to work on projects that fuse architecture and sculpture. Starts to exhibit.
1983-89: Receives C.A.P.S. grant (1983) and establishes a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (1985). Travels to Spain. Develops and builds several temporary outdoor installations in New York City, Philadelphia, PA and western Massachusetts (Pittsfield and Stockbridge). Starts teaching at the School of Visual Arts (1985). Begins to make smaller object-based sculptures. Exhibits in midtown and East Village galleries. The sculptures start to engage the early works of Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright and later, mid-century modernist architects and designers such as Charles and Ray Eames.
1989-93: Starts teaching at Hunter College (1989). Works on both large-scale (Socrates Sculpture Park) and small-scale projects. Receives Marie Walsh Sharpe Grant. Travels to Germany and Poland. Sculpture residency in Orosko, Poland (summer, 1993). Curates traveling exhibition of Polish Drawings.
1993-98: Makes several trips to the American Southwest to see earthworks, Native American cliff dwellings, and Donald Judd’s complex in Marfa, TX. Curates "Dead-Fit Beauty" (sculptors creating fictitious life-forms) and "Architecture, Architecture, Architecture" (sculptors engaging modern architecture). Teaches in the Bennington College July Program. Travels to France (Paris) Germany (Documenta and Munster).
1998-2003: Buys 50 year old, cape style house in Windsor, MA and begins to “restore” it. Moves studio to new location in Williamsburg. Installation at Art Omi. Starts to incorporate drawings into installations. Exhibits at The Drawing Center, NYC. Collaborates on projects with Monika Sosnowski. Solo show at Studio Facchetti. Curates Acid Bath, American Sandwich, Photasm and Confabulations.
2004: In addition to the Williamsburg space, establishes a second studio in Pittsfield, MA. Researches Concrete-rail Bridges and The Dams of Adams. Travels to Scotland (Isle of Skye, Orkney, Lewis and Glen Coe.) Initiates Archicule, a series of exhibits that showcases the work of painters, sculptors, writers who through their own practices have developed an interest in architecture and have designed and/or built houses, landscape architecture, and furniture or other household furnishings. An engagement with "small architecture" and idiosyncratic craft is central to Archicule.
2005: Marries Monika Sosnowski. Together they travel to Turkey (Istanbul, Ephesus, Pergamon, and the underground cities of Cappadocia). Curates Unrelated, T-Zone and Mostly Sculpture. 2006: Becomes the Director of the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, MA. Curates the first Selections from the Cultural Corridor exhibit and launches the Archicule website (www.archicule.com), in conjunction with the first Archicule exhibition at Makor in NYC.
2007: Participates in Art Cologne. Travels to Poland (Warsaw, Kracow). Receives NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture. Solo exhibition at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn.
2008: Archicule exhibition travels to the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
2009: Tenure as Director of the Storefront Artist Project ends (remains on Board of Directors). Becomes Director of Cultural Programming at Bascom Lodge, forms Creative Residency and oversees the weekly cultural programs. Solo exhibit at Kolok Gallery in North Adams, MA. Co-curates Cultural Corridor IV with Geoffrey Young. Resident Visiting Artist, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
2010: Co-curates Cultural Corridor V with Susan Cross. Expands the Cultural Programming and Creative Residency at Bascom Lodge.
2011: Co-curates the two-part exhibit Selections from the Cultural Corridor VI with Sara Reisman. Locations in North Adams & Pittsfield, MA
2012: Collaborates with Peter Soriano on Dudek/Soriano at Ventana 244 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Curates Range (part two). Focuses on and expands the series of sculptures entitled “architectural clouds”.
2013: Creates special series of programming for the 75th anniversary of Bascom Lodge.