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March 2020

Gerard Richter's painting Gelbrün (Yellow-Green) from 1982
Gerard Richter, Gelbrün (Yellow-Green) (1982)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Painting is Dead. Long Live Painting. Painting in the 80s

Tuesday 3 March 6 pm

We humans have been at this painting thing for a long time. It keeps dying, and it keeps coming back. Why?

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

February 2020

Dan Cameron, Photo: Knight Foundation
Dan Cameron
Photo: Knight Foundation

ARTIST TALK

Dan Cameron on Tony Feher

Thursday 27 February 6 pm

Dan Cameron is a New York-based curator, art writer, arts administrator, archivist and educator. Cameron was Senior Curator at the New Museum from 1995 to 2006, and he is the founder of Prospect New Orleans. He was Chief Curator at Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California from 2012 to 2015 and has headed major international projects since then. As part of Color. Theory. & (b/w), Cameron guest curated three works by artist Tony Feher. Following heightened political activism on AIDS-related issues and his own health struggles, Feher’s artistic practice evolved into discovering devalued objects whose “colors and forms conveyed the clarity and simplicity in their found state that matched the ideal in Feher’s own mind.”

Richard Hamilton's Pop art piece "Just what was it that made yesterday’s homes so different, so appealing" from 1956
Richard Hamilton, Just what was it that made yesterday’s homes so different, so appealing (1956)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Global Pop

Tuesday 18 February 2020 6pm

Take a tour around the world to see how “Pop Art” takes on the vernacular.

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

Waste Land poster for film by Lucy Walker about Vik Muniz
Waste Land, Directed by Lucy Walker

Waste Land

Thursday 13 February 2020 6pm

Directed by Lucy Walker

98 min.

Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “draw” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

January 2020

Jerry Saltz from Sciulli-Getty Images for Vulture Festival
Jerry Saltz, Photo: Sciulli/Getty Images for Vulture Festival

How to Look at Art with Jerry Saltz

Thursday 23 January 2020 6pm

A special evening with one of the art world’s most celebrated and passionate voices, Jerry Saltz. Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic at New York Magazine and its entertainment site, Vulture. He is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and the 2019 National Magazine Award.

Before joining New York Magazine, Saltz had been art critic for The Village Voice since 1998 and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize during his tenure there. Saltz is both the go-to broadcast commentariat on art world issues (i.e. Koons’ Rabbit sale) and one of the rare art critics who manages to make criticism both smart and fun. A frequent guest lecturer, he has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum, and many others and has appeared at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous other prestigious venues.

Saltz’ new book How to be an Artist will be published by Riverhead Books in March 2020.

Jerry Saltz’s How to look at Art was part of the Museum’s How to… series which takes a look at the simple approach to the complex challenges of life to look at how we might best live in the world today.  For example, How to…Eat when hundreds of millions of people around the globe are food insecure or worse, how should we eat for the health of our planet and the health of our bodies? Nutritionists, environmentalists, chefs and policy experts will weigh in on the subject. How to…Build looks at what materials are both cost effective and have limited extraction impact? How should we prepare our buildings to withstand the ravages of a constantly shifting climate? Should government agencies mandate style? Listen to architects, climate scientists and urban planners discuss. How to…Write a Letter looks at some epic correspondence from the past and examines what it takes to craft a letter in an era of tweets and texts. How to… Read the Newspaper looks at the editorial process to see how the print edition is shaped to establish hierarchies of information. How to…Think welcomes a philosopher, an educator and a brain scientist to discuss how we process information and how we can develop our critical thinking faculties in a world of overstimulation.

Sam Gilliam's Carousel Change (1970)
Sam Gilliam, Carousel Change, (1970)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

What Happened? Conclusion & Discussion

Tuesday 14 January 2020 6pm

What happened during This is What Happened? This interactive session will draw some conclusions, find patterns and themes, open up new paths of exploration and evaluation for the period and set the stage for the Spring series, Art Now: Art Since the 90s.

This talk is the conclusion to the art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. The next series will start in Spring 2020. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

Vik Muniz, Daisies in a Jam Jar (2014)

ART ON FILM

Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz

Thursday 9 January 2019 6pm

Worst Possible Illusion is an intimate look at the creative life and work of one of the art world’s most heralded artists, Vik Muniz. The film follows Muniz on a whimsical, world-hopping journey from his studio in Brooklyn, New York, to his native Brazil to see his grandmother; to Chicago, his first home in the United States where he worked as a gas-station attendant and pushed carts in a grocery store; to Arizona, where he creates a gigantic bone drawing in the desert and goes to extraordinary lengths to capture it on film. In this engaging documentary, Muniz charmingly articulates his modus operandi and philosophies, providing the viewer with an enchanting, intimate and humorous glimpse into his creative life and work. After the screening, find out how to draw in the sky, hire a helicopter to shoot an earthwork and capture it all on film during the Q&A with the filmmaker.

Peter Campus still from Video Ergo Sum
Peter Campus, Video Ergo Sum (2017)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Video & Digital Art

Tuesday 7 January 2020 6pm

As always, new technologies drive new art forms. From the early days of the digital revolution to just before the advent of the smartphone, the scaling down of technologies to make them accessible to a wider audience has resulted in a societal revolution that has totally shifted our apprehension of the world around us. Learn about early screen and projection-based pioneers and see how the history of film and the history of art have long been intertwined.
This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

2019

November 2019

Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz
Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz (2003) Photo: Coke Wisdom O'Neal

ART ON FILM

Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz

Thursday 14 November 2019 6pm

Worst Possible Illusion is an intimate look at the creative life and work of one of the art world’s most heralded artists, Vik Muniz. The film follows Muniz on a whimsical, world-hopping journey from his studio in Brooklyn, New York, to his native Brazil to meet his grandmother; to Chicago, his first home in the United States, where he worked as a gas-station attendant and pushed carts in a grocery store; to Arizona, where he creates a gigantic drawing in the desert and goes to extraordinary lengths to capture it on film. In this engaging documentary, Muniz charmingly articulates his modus operandi and philosophy, providing the viewer with an enchanting, intimate and humorous glimpse into his creative life and work.

Marina Abramovic's Art must be beautiful, Artist must be beautiful, (1975-76)
Marina Abramovic, Art must be beautiful, Artist must be beautiful, (1975-76)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Feminist Art

Tuesday 26 November 2019 6pm

Recent examinations, such as the WACK! Art & the Feminist Revolution exhibition, have helped deepen our understanding of just how influential so-called “Feminist Art” has been. Using Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking 1971 essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists” as a starting point, we’ll begin to unpack the deeply influential and wide-ranging works, people and ideas that make up this “movement”.

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

Judy Chicago, Rainbow Pickett, (1965, recreated 2004) and Trinity(1965)
Judy Chicago, Rainbow Pickett , (1965, recreated 2004) and Trinity (1965)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Minimalism

Tuesday 19 November 2019 6pm

Long misunderstood, “Minimalism” has become a catchall phrase for “less is more”, but what were these artists truly examining through their pioneering investigations of space? Learn about how both Warhol and Judd can be considered “Minimalists” and how art exhibitions and artist communities shape our ideas about what constitutes a “movement”.

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

7000 Oaks — City Forestation Instead of Josephy Beuys, City Administration (German: 7000 Eichen — Stadtverwaldung statt Stadtverwaltung)(1982-1987)
7000 Oaks — City Forestation Instead of Josephy Beuys, City Administration (German: 7000 Eichen — Stadtverwaldung statt Stadtverwaltung) (1982-1987)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Social Sculpture

Tuesday 12 November 2019 6pm

Each generation creates a new moniker for these related practices—Social Sculpture, Relational Aesthetics, Social Practice Art. Central to all of these movements is the notion that art is a transformative agent in shaping society, and that the role of the citizen is to engage as an active agent in the process of bringing about the world.

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, (1970)
Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty (1970)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Earth Art

Tuesday 5 November 2019 6pm

“Earth Day” officially began in 1970, but artists have long been engaged with the natural world, as the history of landscape painting can attest. Learn about how artists of this period took their environmental interests, combined them with political activism and exploration beyond the museum-gallery system, and created a new generation of “Earth Art”.

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

October 2019

Joseph Kosuth's One and Three Chairs (1965)
Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs, (1965)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Conceptual & Process Art

Tuesday 29 October 2019 6pm

Inspired by anti-consumerist gestures, a rising interest in non-western cosmologies, and a desire to ensure the prominence of ideas over objects, so-called “Conceptual Art” resonates with the rise of “experienced-based” consumer phenomena we are witnessing today. This session will examine the wide-ranging set of investigations circulating around the “dematerialization of art”.

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

Allan Kaprow's happening "Household" , photograph of women licking Jam off a car by Sol Goldberg
Allan Kaprow, Women licking jam off a car from happening household (1964)
Photo: Sol Goldberg

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Happenings & Performance

Tuesday 22 October 2019 6pm

Visual artists have long toyed with performance and play, and engaged in a variety of experimental, experiential gestures that blur the lines of visual art and theatre. Learn about the early origins of performance, such as Dada’s “Cabaret Voltaire“, that laid the groundwork for everyone from Allan Kaprow through Gutai to the Viennese Actionists.

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

Édouard Manet's, Olympia (1863)
Édouard Manet, Olympia, (1863)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Prehistory of Postmodernism

Tuesday 15 October 2019 6pm

When the radical group of artists who came to be known as the Impressionists burst onto the scene in 1874, our ideas about “art” were forever changed, and the notion of the avant-garde was born. While the art emerging in the 1960s may have seemed shocking and new, these revolutionary gestures are rooted in an earlier era. Learning about “contemporary art” from the 1860s will help you grasp and appreciate the new, now.

This talk is part of an on-going art history series titled, This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s. These sessions are open to the general public and double as a core component of the Museum’s docent training program.

April 2019

Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron,
Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron
Photo: Matthu Placek

CURATOR TALK

Dr. Alicia Longwell

Thursday 18 April 2019 6pm

Dr. Longwell, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, will discuss the curatorial program of the Parrish, developed over her thirty-five year tenure at the Museum. She has organized numerous survey and solo exhibitions on Marsden Hartley, Frederick Kiesler, Dorothea Rockburne, Alan Shields, and Jack Youngerman. Longwell received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where her dissertation topic was John Graham, the subject of a retrospective she organized for the Parrish Art Museum in 2017.

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator VMFA
Valerie Cassel Oliver, VFMA Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art
Photo: VMFA

CURATOR TALK

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Thursday 4 April 2019 6pm

Join us for a conversation with Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Previously the Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, she also co-curated the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial Exhibition in 2000 and directed the Visiting Artists Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She will be speaking on her curatorial practice and her most recent project co-curating the first major survey of the work of Howardena Pindell.

March 2019

Sheila Hicks in front of elements from The Treaty of Chromatic Zones, 2015. CRISTOBAL ZANARTU
Sheila Hicks in front of elements from The Treaty of Chromatic Zones(2015)
Photo by: Cristobal Zanartu

CURATOR TALK

Sheila Hicks: Material Voices

Thursday 21 March 2019 6pm

Drawing on global weaving traditions, the history of painting and sculpture, and architecture, Sheila Hicks has redefined how fiber is used to create art, influencing a generation of artists. Curator Karin Campbell of Joslyn Art Museum will share how Hick’s oeuvre has taken shape over time and discuss the essential links between the artist’s work and lived experience.

Roy Lichtenstein's Magnifying Glass (1963)
Roy Lichtenstein, Magnifying Glass, (1963)

MASTER CLASS

Part II: Collector's Series

Tuesday 12 March 2019 10am

Master Classes offer a deeper look at various subjects, though are designed for any level, so no advance training is required. The Connoisseurship Series is a 3-part series, and need not be done in order as the courses will rotate continuously.

PART II: We all gather things around us, but what makes a “collection”? What is the difference between “shopping” and “collecting”? An art collection is a highly personalized reflection of the collector — one’s values, one’s interests, one’s ‘taste.’ Are you interested in starting a collection? Do you have art, but not sure if it constitutes a collection? This Master Class will look at some extraordinary collections and collectors, examine what makes a great collection, and offer insight into how to develop a collection, on any budget.

Princess, Performance duo Alexis Gideon and Michael O'Neil
Princess, performance duo Alexis Gideon and Michael O'Neil
Photo: Courtesy of the Artists

PERFORMANCE

Out There: Performance by Princess

Tuesday 9 March 2019 8pm

The performance duo Princess, comprising of Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neil (JD Samson & MEN), use music as the backbone of a multi-disciplinary practice that often explores issues of queerness and the concept of masculinity. Simultaneously gay, straight, queer, masculine, and feminine, Princess embodies the fluidity and coherence between the seemingly contradictory. Out There is a concept video album and live performance that explores the role men ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning of misogyny. According to the artists, the science fiction narrative piece is likened to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” meets “Hamilton” meets Kraftwerk, and builds on the long legacy of concept albums like Ziggy Stardust and Deltron 3030.

The world premiere of Out There takes place at the Andy Warhol Museum on March 1, followed by a tour and the NYC premiere at the New Museum in April.

February 2019

Maptic device designed by Emilios Farrington-Arnas.
Emilios Farrington-Arnas. Maptic Device, (2016)

CURATOR TALK

ACCESS + ABILITY

Thursday 28 February 2019 6pm

There has been a surge of design with and by people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities. Cara McCarty, Curatorial Director at Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and co-curator of the exhibition Access + Ability, will explore how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and solutions in ways previously unimaginable, from low-tech products that assist with daily routines to the newest cutting-edge technologies.

Waste Land poster for film by Lucy Walker about Vik Muniz
Waste Land, Directed by Lucy Walker

ART ON FILM

Waste Land

Tuesday 12 February 2019 7pm

Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” — self designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam's Rainbow Net Playscape
Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, Rainbow Net (2012)

Extraordinary Playscapes

Tuesday 12 February 2019 7pm

What we learn through play impacts our physical, mental, social, and creative health — and designers, architects, and play advocates are taking notice. Extraordinary Playscapes examines the art, history, science, and importance of play while telling the story behind some of the most incredible play spaces in the world. From towering treetop paths to hand-knit crochet playgrounds, scholar Amanda Hawkins of Design Museum Foundation will share how architects and designers worldwide are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful environments.

January 2019

Jean Shin's Chance City (2001-09)
Jean Shin, Chance City ,(2001-09)

ARTIST TALK

Jean Shin

Thursday 31 January 2019 6pm

Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object — prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters — which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos, and site-specific installations. Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, and her engagement of the community, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society.

2018

November 2018

Victor Lundy's St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sarasota (1958)
Victor Lundy, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sarasota (1958)

BOOK LAUNCH

Victor Lundy : Sacred Structure

Thursday 29 November 2018 6pm

Join us for a talk and book launch of Victor Lundy: Artist Architect. Scholar, architect, and book contributor Christopher Domin will discuss Lundy’s spaces for worship – both the process of development and the physical presence – in an attempt to link engineering to the ineffable. Book signing will follow.

Robin Rhodes working on geometric shapes for his piece Frustum.
Still from Art 21: Johannesburg of Robin Rhodes geometric pieces, part of Frustum (2017)

ART ON FILM

ART 21: Johannesburg

Tuesday 13 November 2018 6pm

Now in its ninth season, Art21 is the longest running television series on contemporary art. Join us for a screening of the Johannesburg episode, featuring four artists who use their work to empower marginalized communities, reexamine history, and pursue their visions for South Africa’s future. Artists include: David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi, and Robin Rhode.

A class held in front of a Joan Miró painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1968. Photo: David Hurn
A class held in front of a Joan Miró painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, (1968), Photo: David Hurn

BUILDING A NEW MUSEUM

The Education Program

Thursday 8 November 2018 6pm

Join us for the second of an ongoing series about the formation of our community’s new contemporary art museum. This session will focus on the educational vision, and how the Museum employs pedagogical models from across time and around the world to reach the widest possible audience, and to help everyone enjoy object-based, experimental learning.

"Hiraqla Variation II" (1968) by Frank Stella. Magna on canvas.
Frank Stella, Hiraqla Variation II, (1968)
Photo: Jason Wyche

CURATOR TALK

FRANK STELLA: EXPERIMENT + CHANGE

Thursday 1 November 2018 6pm

Frank Stella emerged as part of a generation of American artists excited by, driven and challenged by Abstract Expressionism. Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator at NSU Art Museum, will share tales from her decades-long engagement with Stella which culminated in this groundbreaking, innovative exhibition.

October 2018

Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's former winter home in Scottsdale, AZ
Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ

TOWARDS EXPERIMENTAL ARCHITECTURE

Thursday 25 October 2018 6pm

The School of Architecture at Taliesin aims to experiment on, and in, the real world to figure out how we can make our environment more sustainable, open, and beautiful. Join Aaron Betsky and Chris Lasch of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as they trace the traditions out of which this experimental education comes, and where architecture – and architecture education – might be going in the future.

Thordis Adalsteinsdottir’s sculpture entitled, Bear Eats Man(2013)
Thordis Adalsteinsdottir, Bear Eats Man ,(2013)

A Bear Story: Recent Public Art Controversies

Thursday 18 October 2018 6pm

How and why do public art controversies occur? Join John Hatfield, Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC, as he discusses the anatomy of public art controversies through three case studies that describe the essential ingredients of discord.

Frank Waller (1842-1923) - Interior View of The Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street (1881 The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Frank Waller, Interior View of The Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street, (1881)

BOOK RELEASE

NEW YORK: ART + CULTURAL CAPITAL OF THE GILDED AGE

Tuesday 9 October 2018 6pm

On the occasion of the book release New York: Art + Cultural Capital of the Gilded Age, join us for a talk with Dr. Chelsea Bruner, editor of the book and Design History Professor at Ringling College. We will see how the Gilded Age was the formative period of New York’s modernization and cosmopolitanism, and how it parallels today’s new Gilded Age. Chelsea Bruner studied interior design at Florida State University, and worked as a practicing designer for almost twenty years in Miami and New York City. She has a master’s degree in the History of Art & Design from Pratt Institute, and a PhD in art history from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. In addition to design work, Chelsea taught design and architectural history at City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, and New York University before joining the Ringling College faculty in 2015.

Artist Carmen Herrera with her works.
Photo: topicalcream.info

CURATOR TALK

STILL STRIKING: CREATIVITY + AGING

Thursday 4 October 2018 6pm

How does aging influence the form of one’s aesthetic language? How does an artist’s lived experience shape their creative practice? How do the physical and physiological shifts that accompany the aging process impact both the production and reception of their work? Join Dr. Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator Emeritus of the Albright-Knox Gallery, as he explores the topic of creativity and aging.

April 2018

Artist Josef Albers with his class at Black Mountain College, shot for Life magazine, Photo: Genevieve Naylor
Artist Josef Albers with his class at Black Mountain College, shot for Life magazine
Photo: Genevieve Naylor

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

Tuesday 10 April 2018 6pm

The story of Black Mountain College begins in 1933 and comprises a fascinating chapter in the history of education and the arts. Black Mountain College was born out of a desire to create a new type of college based on John Dewey’s principles of progressive education. The events that precipitated the college’s founding occurred simultaneously with the rise of the Nazi Regime, the closing of the Bauhaus school in Germany, and the beginning of the persecution of artists and intellectuals in Europe. Some of these refugees found their way to Black Mountain, either as students or faculty. Legendary even in its own time, Black Mountain College attracted and created maverick spirits, some of whom went on to become well-known and extremely influential individuals in the latter half of the 20th century. These individuals include: Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Merce Cunningham, Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, Buckminster Fuller, Dorothea Rockburne and many others who have impacted the world in a significant way. Even now, decades after its closing in 1957, the powerful influence of Black Mountain College continues to echo.

Join Ruth Erickson, co-curator of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, as she discusses the first major exhibition focusing on this unique moment of educational and artistic experimentation in Asheville, North Carolina.

Ruth Erickson is Mannion Family Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Her exhibitions at the ICA include “Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist,” “Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian: The Birthday Party,” and “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957” (with Helen Molesworth). She has forthcoming exhibitions with Wangechi Mutu and Kevin Beasley. Erickson was previously a curator at the BCA Center, Burlington, VT. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Willy Rizzo's portrait of Salvador Dali (1950)
Willy Rizzo,Salvador Dali, Paris, (1950)

MASTER CLASS: CONNOISSEURSHIP SERIES

Part I: Intro to Connoisseurship

Tuesday 3 April 2018 10am

Master Classes offer a deeper look at various subjects, though are designed for any level, so no advance training required. The Connoisseurship Series is a 3-part series, and need not be done in order as the courses will rotate continuously.

PART I: How does one determine “quality” in a work of art? How do you know it’s real? Is “value” synonymous with “cost”? Is beauty subjective? Who decides? How? This Master Class session will engage with key questions around art and quality. Throughout the series, you’ll discover your own criteria for quality, and begin to use your skills to assist your decision-making. Whether you’re a seasoned collector, novice wanting to start or simply interested in questions of truth and value, this course is for you.

March 2018

Sarasota Art Museum's Tache, part of the logo

BUILDING A NEW MUSEUM

The Curatorial Program: Vision, Strategy, Criteria

Thursday 15 March 2018 6pm

There are many aspects to building a new art museum. The most visible is the curatorial program. In addition to the 15,000 square feet of dedicated exhibition space, there are numerous Curatorial Zones on the museum campus where visitors will experience and engage with art. How does one go about programming these spaces? How is the mission and vision of the institution articulated through the curatorial program? How do curators make decisions about what art to exhibit? What strategies are employed to reach and serve wide audiences and diverse stakeholders, both in our community and around the world? Join us for a presentation and interactive discussion about the formation of our communities’ new art museum!

This is part of an ongoing series, Building a New Museum, designed to engage and inform the community about the mission, vision and operations of the Sarasota Museum of Art.

February 2018

Brillo Box (3¢ off) cover (2017)
Brillo Box (3¢ off) cover , (2017)

ART ON FILM

Brillo Box (3¢ Off)

Thursday 8 February 2018 6pm

In 1969, film director Lisanne Skyler’s parents bought an Andy Warhol Brillo Box for $1,000. Inspired by the popular Brillo soap pad product package, Warhol’s Brillo Boxes were not initially embraced by the market. Forty years later, the same sculpture once owned by Skyler’s parents sold for over $3,000,000 at a record-breaking Christie’s auction. Blending humorous family narrative with anecdotes from the Pop Art era, Brillo Box (3¢ Off), follows the sculpture as it makes its way from the Skyler’s living room to the contemporary global art market, exploring the ephemeral nature of art, value and the decisions that shape family history.

Lisanne Skyler and Barrett White, Executive Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s, will do a Q&A session following the film.

Lisanne Skyler is a writer and director of numerous, award-winning fiction and documentary films exploring economic systems and their impact on our lives. In addition to the HBO Documentary Film, Brillo Box (3¢ Off), her films include the critically acclaimed Joyce Carol Oates adaptation Getting To Know You, and the South Central, Los Angeles documentary No Loans Today. Skyler lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she is a member of the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television.

Barrett White is an Executive Deputy Chairman for the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s, focusing on business development and private sales. Since joining Christie’s in 1999, White has held senior positions in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department and Christie’s subsidiary Haunch of Venison. He was also formerly the Senior Director at L+M Arts in New York. White has a BA in Art History from New York University and a MA in the history of the art market from Christie’s Education.

Christian Sampson's Color Light Projection installation at The Works, Sarasota, FL.
Christian Sampson, Color Light Projection(2018), a site-specific installation at The Works, Sarasota, FL.

ARTIST TALK

Christian Sampson

Thursday 1 February 2018 6pm

Christian Sampson’s immersive light installations embody elements of both painting and sculpture. They vacillate within dimensional boundaries, engaging with the history and discourse of experimental film and esoteric spiritual movements. His installations are often site-specific or site-responsive, in dialogue with physical architectural space – from museum halls, to domestic living spaces, to pop-up performance stages. On the inauguration of his site-specific installation debut at our pop-up space, The Works, Sampson will give a special talk about his creative practice.

Based in New York City, Sampson holds a BFA from Ringling College of Art + Design and an MFA from Hunter College. His works have been exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Centre Pompidou-Metz in an exhibition titled “Cosa Mental: Art and Telepathy” curated by Pascal Rousseau. In 2015, Sampson collaborated with Ariel Dill and Amanda Friedman on a Color Light Projection Reading Room for “Drawing Hilma Af Klint” at Jackie Klempay Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. In January 2017, Sampson created an installation for a group exhibition titled “Ripple Effect” at Turn Gallery in New York City.

2017

November 2017

Umbrella House by Paul Rudolph
Paul Rudolph, "Umbrella" house shortly after its completion in the mid-fifties
Photo: Paul Rudolph Archive

CONNOISSEURSHIP SERIES

Restoring a Masterpiece with Greg Hall & Robert Essner

Thursday 30 November 2017 5:30pm

Join architect Greg Hall and Umbrella House owner Robert Essner as they lead us through the intricate process of restoring this Modern masterpiece.

The Umbrella House is an icon of residential architecture designed by Paul Rudolph. Built as a “spec” house in 1953, it is representative of southwest Florida’s post-World War II design movement, colloquially known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Named for its distinctive parasol louvered shading structure, the design is indicative of the innovative passive energy systems employed by architects in the days before central cooling became standard. The structure had been compromised during a hurricane, and needed to be brought to current code, ensuring a myraid of challenging conservation, restoration and connoisseurship decisions that appropriately balance design intent, budgetary realities and safety issues. Hall and Essner will share their creative process with us, through this intimate, behind-the-scenes examination of “Restoring a Masterpiece.”

Susan E. Cahan's book cover for Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power
Cover for Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power by Susan E. Cahan

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power with Susan E. Cahan

Tuesday 14 November 2017 5:30pm

In her book Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power, Susan E. Cahan investigates the strategies African American artists and museum professionals employed as they wrangled over access to and direction of New York City’s elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, Cahan gives a detailed and at times surprising picture of the institutional and social forces that both drove and inhibited racial justice in New York’s museums.

Susan E. Cahan is a scholar and curator who specializes in contemporary art and the history of museums. She has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, was Senior Curator for the contemporary art collection of Eileen and Peter Norton and Arts Program Director for the Norton Family Foundation. Currently the Dean of the Tyler School of Art, she has held positions at Yale University, Bard College, The University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

MINI Living's Breathe by SO-IL
MINI Living's Breathe, a housing prototype by SO-IL

DESIGN LAB

SO-IL

Thursday 2 November 2017 6pm

SO–IL is an award-winning architectural design firm founded by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu. SO-IL specializes in envisioning spaces for culture, learning and innovation. Based in New York, SO–IL leads in the production of buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes around the world. As a collective of diverse thinkers and makers, the firm engages with the ever-changing social, economic and natural environment through active dialogue that considers context, function, and opportunity.

SO-IL has received extensive recognition and numerous prizes, including the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League, the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Award, and the AIA Young Architects Award. Their work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Storefront for Art & Architecture, the LA Forum for Architecture and Urbanism, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Center for Architecture in New York and Studio-X Beijing in China.

As part of their talk, Florian and Jing will present their new book Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, and Aura. Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.

Florian Idenburg is Founding Partner of SO-IL and Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is the 2010 laureate of the Charlotte Köhler Prize and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands.

Jing Liu is Founding Partner of SO-IL and a faculty member at The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University since 2009. In addition to her professional pursuits, Liu serves on the board of Van Alen Institute, a NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to the transformative power of design.

October 2017

Weaving by Terrol Dew Johnson

DESIGN LAB

Chris Lasch & Terrol Dew Johnson

Thursday 26 October 2017 5:30pm

Chris Lasch of design studio Aranda\Lasch and Terrol Dew Johnson, artist and co-founder of Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA), have collaborated to produce a collection of experimental baskets and woven constructions that engage the traditional art of basket weaving while extending the tradition through advanced computation and fabrication methods. The collaboration explores algorithmic design as a continuum stretching from the latest computer-aided techniques in design and architecture, back through the creative traditions of one of the world’s oldest art forms: weaving and basketry.

Chris Lasch is a partner in Aranda\Lasch, a design studio dedicated to experimental research and innovative building. The studio designs buildings, installations, furniture and objects through a deep investigation of structure and materials. Recognitions include the United States Artists Award and Young Architects + Designers Award in 2007, the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award in 2014, the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award in 2015 and were named one of Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD Innovators.

Terrol Dew Johnson is a community leader, nationally recognized advocate for Native communities and renowned artist. In 1996, he co-founded Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA), a grassroots community organization dedicated to creating positive programs based in the O’odham Himdag – the Desert People’s Way. In 2002, Johnson and TOCA Co-Director Tristan Reader received the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award. As an artist, he has won multiple major awards and his works are in the permanent collections of museums such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Heard Museum in Arizona.

Maurizio Cattelan's Be Right Back poster
Maurizio Cattelan : Be Right Back cover

ART ON FILM

Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

Thursday 12 October 2017 6:30pm

In the documentary film Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, filmmaker Maura Axelrod excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the art world trickster of our time. Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world beginning in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations including his first solo show in Milan, in which he padlocked an empty gallery – barring entrance to critics and spectators – and simply hung a sign on the door that read “Torno Subito” or “Be Right Back.” Known best for his shocking photorealistic wax sculpture of Pope John Paul being felled by a meteorite, and of child-size Hitler kneeling in prayer, Cattelan’s work is often wildly offensive and yet incredibly popular, selling for tens of millions of dollars at auction.

Featuring interviews with curators, collectors, art-world luminaries, the film builds a compelling picture of the conceptual artist and what makes him tick.