We knew that before he even came on board, the BMA's new director, Christopher Bedford, was slated to commission the U.S. pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale with leading American painter Mark Bradford as the country's representing artist. What we didn't know (but suspected) until last week is that Bedford is bringing the BMA as well as his former home, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, along as collaborators. The pavillion will be co-curated by Bedford and Katy Siegel, the BMA's recently-appointed Senior Programming and Research Curator. The Biennale is the longest-running and most celebrated international contemporary art exhibition in the world, and the only other time the BMA has been in charge of the U.S. pavilion was back in 1960. If, like most people, you're unable to make it to Venice May through November of next year to see Bradford's work, don't worry: the BMA is expected to bring the show back home in the Spring of 2018.