Past Programs

September 2021

Installation view of Charles McGill in the Rough, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Installation view of Charles McGill: In the Rough
Photo: Ryan Gamma

CURATOR TALK

Charles McGill: In the Rough

Guest curator Joe Lewis

Thursday, September 9
6 pm

Via Zoom

Guest curator Joe Lewis will discuss the life and work of artist, educator, and golf professional Charles McGill.

While trained as a figurative painter, Charles McGill is celebrated for his assemblage works that re-purpose the plastic, steel, leather, vinyl, and hardware from vintage golf bags, transforming the accessory and game of golf from a symbol of exclusion and privilege to a site for discussions surrounding racial and class inequities.

Joe Lewis is a nationally known non-media-specific artist, professor of art at the University of California, and president of the Noah Purifoy Foundation. He exhibits frequently, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca, Mexico; Museum of Modern Art, and James Fuentes Gallery, New York. His work is in notable collections, including The Los Angeles County Museum CA, Studio Museum in Harlem, Deutsche Bank, and Museum of Modern Art, NY. Lewis has written for Art in America, The LA Weekly, Artforum, and his essays regarding the confluence of art, technology, and society appear in anthologies and peer-reviewed journals.

August 2021

Chef Kaytlin Dangaran, Executive Chef, Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College
Chef Kaytlin Dangaran
Executive Chef
Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College

BISTRO COOKING DEMOS

Greece

Thursday 26 August 5 pm – 8 pm

Bistro

Executive Chef Kaytlin Dangaran of Bistro and Constellation Culinary teaches cooking classic cuisine using simple, quality ingredients to produce honest and great tasting food. Each course will be paired with a classic spirit, wine, or beverage by Café Manager, John Dangaran.
Greece Menu:
  • The Greek salad of my youth
  • Falafel with all the dips and sauces
  • Baklava

July 2021

SPIN - The Hongs
The Hongs

MUSIC ON THE PLAZA

SPIN - Featuring The Hongs

Thursday 15 July 6 – 8 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

SPIN invites you to socialize and experience the contemporary genre of sound through the exploration of musical notes, movement, and engagement.

Join us for SPIN every third Thursday this summer in the Marcy and Michael Klein Plaza for our live music and movement program.

ABOUT THE HONGS
Multinational Afro-Beat/electronic rock group, The Hongs, was formed by Jamaican-born musician, Gordon Myers, and have since become one of the most popular bands of the international Miami music scene.
The Hongs blend elements of Afro-Beat/electro-pop with nu-wave creating a unique sound. Spreading the dance/Afro-Beat/rock/electro/house hybrid one toe at a time…The Hongs inspire Art.

BISTRO – SPIN MENU

BISTRO will be open with a full bar and food menu.

BISTRO SPIN SPECIALS

  • ROASTED CHICKEN AND CORN EMPANADAS with chipotle aioli
  • SPINACH AND MANCHEGO EMPANADAS
  • ARUGULA WITH CHARRED CORN warm bacon vinaigrette and heirloom tomatoes
  • BLACKENED MAHI SANDWICH with house made tartar sauce and chips
  • TRES LECHE CAKE with cinnamon whipped cream

June 2021

Shantel Norman & Co.

MUSIC ON THE PLAZA

SPIN - Featuring Shantel Norman & Co.

Thursday 17 June 6 – 8 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

SPIN invites you to socialize and experience the contemporary genre of sound through the exploration of musical notes, movement, and engagement.
Beginning June 17, join us for SPIN every third Thursday this summer in the Marcy and Michael Klein Plaza for our live music and movement program.

ABOUT SHANTEL NORMAN & CO.
Considered one of the best singers in the United States, this native of Lexington, North Carolina will lighten up your evening with pop, rock, soul, and funk.

 

Shantel Norman was a contestant on the Apollo Theater Amateur Night in New York City, Triad Idol (North Carolina), and appeared on ABC Network’s reality show Karaoke Battle USA, which was hosted by Joey Fatone (N-Sync), with panel judges Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips), Joe Levy (Editor-in-Chief, Rolling Stone and Maxim magazines), and Brian “The Cowboy” Scott (Former Karaoke World Champion, and Country Songwriter).

BISTRO – SPIN MENU

 

BISTRO will be open with a full bar and food menu.

 

BISTRO SPIN SPECIALS

  • Watermelon Salad with mint and feta and a white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Roasted beet and goat cheese tartine
  • Pear, gorgonzola, and truffle balsamic flatbread
  • Smoked Salmon with dill cream, heirloom tomatoes, and herb salad on ciabatta
  • Bison meatball sliders
  • Watermelon Gin cooler with rosemary

May 2021

Children playing on Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena's Los Trompos, Photo: Sarasota Art Museum
Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, Los Trompos, (2015)
Photo: Sarasota Art Museum

FREE DAY

Free Day Activities

Sunday 30 May

Museum Free Day is the last Sunday of every month.

Join us for Museum Free Day!

Bring your friends and family to explore new art and thought-provoking exhibitions, and participate in our fun activities.

Mary’s Front Porch11:15 am to 12:00 pm
Imagine sitting on a front porch and curling up to a good book. Let your imagination glide along as the words take you to another place. Absorbing the words brings about knowledge, imagination, and exposure to vocabulary. Encouraging a thirst for knowledge, the Front Porch is where children of all ages can share their imagination and creativity.

Musical Interludes – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm 
All instrumental – performers are local musicians. First musician/group is the Michael Ross Trio. Mr. Ross’s motto is: “Get a good sound, swing hard, and play the bass like a bass.”

What is your medium?- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Many individuals come to the museum to view the art but many may not understand the art medium that the artist utilizes to express their art movement. What is your medium? is a program that can be offered either during Free Day where each individual have the opportunity to learn a particular medium – it is an introductory class and at the end of the session, each individual will receive a brown bag to carry the supplies that are given to take home. This program can be both an exhibition-related and non-exhibition-related program. This will allow the museum to engage with the teaching artists group here in Sarasota. This program is an art driven life for everyone. First art medium is: Watercolor.

Carl Abbott, La Musa Azul

Lunch & Learn : Express art history talks

La Musa Azul with Carl Abbott

Tuesday 25 May 12 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

FREE for Museum Members; $10 not-yet Museum Members
RSVP required.

Grab lunch from the Bistro and join Carl Abbott to learn about his La Musa Azul installation at the Museum.
Bistro Thonet Exhibit
Thonet Exhibit at Bistro

LUNCH & LEARN: EXPRESS ART HISTORY TALKS

Perfect Objects: Michael Thonet's No. 14 Chair

Tuesday 18 May 12 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

The Perfect Objects series puts the spotlight on iconic design objects and why they are so enduring.
Yoga for ALL at Sarasota Art Museum
Yoga for ALL
Photo: Sarasota Art Museum

Movement at the Museum

YOGA FOR ALL

Sunday 16 May 10 am

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

The Movement Series unites mind and body for a holistic art experience.

Chef Kaytlin Dangaran, Executive Chef, Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College
Chef Kaytlin Dangaran
Executive Chef
Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College

Bistro Cooking Demo

Italy

Thursday 13 May 5:30 pm

Bistro

Join us for an unforgettable cooking experience with Executive Chef Kaytlin Dangaran of Bistro and Constellation Culinary as she teaches cooking classic cuisines from around the globe using simple, quality ingredients to produce honest and great tasting food. Each course will be paired with a classic spirit or wine.

Italy Menu
  • Classic Negroni Cocktail
  • Crudo Two Ways: Tuna Crudo with caperberries & Snapper Crudo with pistachio and mint
  • Branzino — Olives, charred lemon, parsley
  • Chocolate Budino with Amaretti crumble
Ariel Blue

Music on the plaza

Ariel Blue

Saturday 8 May 11 am – 1 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Grab brunch from Bistro and join us en plein air to hear vocalist Ariel Blue sing an array of music from jazz, pop, soul, and classic R&B. Ariel is an actor, singer, and writer, and she performs on mainstage productions with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Florida Studio Theatre Improv.
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

MOVEMENT AT THE MUSEUM

Meditation for ALL

Sunday 2 May 10 am

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

The Movement Series unites mind and body for a holistic art experience.
Los Trompos by Esrawe and Cadena are "Spinning tops" that are installed around the meander of Sarasota Art Museum
Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, Los Trompos, (2015)

FAMILY DAY

Look, Talk, Create!

Saturday 1 May 2 pm – 4 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall

Family Day offers art-making activities and educational experiences for visitors of all ages to engage with art and one another.

Look: Enjoy the Janaina Tschäpe: Between the Sky and the Water exhibition prior to Family Day activities. Admission is free for those 17 and under accompanied by an adult.

Enjoy: Come enjoy lunch specials at the Bistro prior to the presentation and art-making activities. Specials include: Waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, red velvet whoopie pies, and strawberry Shirley Temples.

Talk: Seating for the presentation and art-making activities will open at 2pm. At 2:15pm, we will start our interactive presentation, where Emory Conetta, the Museum’s Curatorial Assistant, will guide us in exploring the works in the exhibition, and Ross Johnston, an Environmental Scientist, will speak on the aquatic animals that can be experienced in the Museum’s current exhibition and the importance of recycling and reuse to protect our oceans and wildlife.

Create: Use materials provided by the Museum to create your own aquatic-inspired artwork to take home!

Sponsored by:

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Logo

April 2021

Rudolph on-site during construction of Temple Street Parking Garage, 1959-1963, Photographed by Judith York Newman
Rudolph on-site during construction of Temple Street Parking Garage
1959-1963,
Photo: Judith York Newman

Lunch & Learn: Express Art History Talks

The Architecture of Paul Rudolph

Tuesday 27 April 12 pm

Virtual – via Zoom

Join us for this virtual program to learn about the architecture of Paul Rudolph with the Museum’s Curatorial Assistant, Emory Conetta.

Janaina Tschäpe, Livia 2 (2003)
Janaina Tschäpe, Livia 2 (2003)

Cibachrome, 40 x 50 in.
On loan from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, Gift of the Tony Podesta Collection, Washington D.C.
Photo: Janaina Tschäpe

ARTIST TALK

Janaina Tschäpe

Wednesday 21 April 7:30 pm

6-7 pm Prix Fixe Dinner (Optional)

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Join us for a special evening en plein air for an artist talk with Janaina Tschäpe, who will be discussing her exhibition at the Museum. If joining us for dinner prior, you will be able to pick up a pre-arranged dinner and drink from Bistro between 6-7pm to enjoy your meal before the talk. Seating will begin at 7pm for the talk and will be on a first come, first served basis.
Sponsored by:
Community Foundation of Sarasota County Logo
Yoga for ALL at Sarasota Art Museum
Yoga for ALL
Photo: Sarasota Art Museum

Movement at the Museum

YOGA FOR ALL

Sunday 18 April 10 am

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

The Movement Series unites mind and body for a holistic art experience.

Los Trompos by Esrawe and Cadena are "Spinning tops" that are installed around the meander of Sarasota Art Museum
Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, Los Trompos, (2015)

FAMILY DAY

Look, Talk, Create!

Saturday 10 April 2 pm – 4 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall

Look: Enjoy the Janaina Tschäpe: Between the Sky and the Water exhibition prior to Family Day activities.

Admission is free for those 17 and under accompanied by an adult.

 

Talk: Emory Conetta, the Museum’s Curatorial Assistant, and Ross Johnston from Mote Marine will speak on the aquatic animals that can be experienced both at Mote and in the Museum’s current exhibition, Janaina Tschäpe: Between the Sky and the Water.

 

Create: Use materials similar to the artist to create your own aquatic-inspired artwork to take home!

Sponsored by:

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Logo
Carl Abbott, The Bayou Studio at Sarasota Art Museum 2021
Carl Abbott
The Bayou Studio at Sarasota Art Museum 2021
Photo: Ryan Gamma

ARCHITECT TALK

Carl Abbott

Thursday 8 April 6:30 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall

Join us for a talk with Carl Abbott as he discusses his exhibition at the Museum.
Sarasota Art Museum, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Sarasota Art Museum
Photo: Ryan Gamma

Lunch & Learn: Express Art History Talks

The Architecture of M. Leo Elliott

Thursday 8 April 12 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Grab lunch from Bistro and join us to learn about the Museum Campus architecture by M. Leo Elliott

March 2021

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

Lunch & Learn: Express Art History Talks

Zen Jail by JPW3

Thursday 25 March 12 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Grab lunch from the Bistro and join us to learn about JPW3’s Zen Jail.

Yoga for ALL at Sarasota Art Museum
Yoga for ALL
Photo: Sarasota Art Museum

Movement at the Museum

YOGA FOR ALL

Sunday 21 March 10 am

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

The Movement Series unites mind and body for a holistic art experience.

Various paperclips over time
Paperclips
Source: officemuseum.com

Lunch & Learn: Express Art History Talks

Perfect Objects: The Paperclip

Tuesday 2 March 12 pm

McGuire Hall

The Perfect Objects series puts the spotlight on iconic design objects and why they are so enduring.

February 2021

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

Lunch & Learn: Express Art History Talks

Zen Jail by JPW3

Thursday 25 February 12 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Grab lunch from the Bistro and join us to learn about JPW3’s Zen Jail.

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

Movement at the Museum

YOGA FOR ALL

Sunday 21 February 10 am

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

The Movement Series unites mind and body for a holistic art experience.

Timex Watch
©Timex Archive

Lunch & Learn: Express Art History Talks

Perfect Objects: Timex Watch

Tuesday 16 February 12 pm

McGuire Hall

The Perfect Objects series puts the spotlight on iconic design objects and why they are so enduring.

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

Movement at the Museum

Meditation for ALL

Sunday 14 February 10 am

Suhler Gallery

The Movement Series unites mind and body for a holistic art experience.

Carl Abbott, La Musa Azul

Lunch & Learn: Express Art History Talks

La Musa Azul by Carl Abbott

Thursday 11 February 12 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Grab lunch from the Bistro and join us to learn about Carl Abbott’s La Musa Azul installation from one of the Museum’s crew members!

January 2021

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

Lunch & Learn: Express Art History Talks

Architecture: Paul Rudolph & M. Leo Elliott

Thursday 28 January 12 pm

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Grab lunch from the Bistro and join us to learn about the Museum Campus architecture by Paul Rudolph & M. Leo Elliott.

May 2020

Max Strang
Max Strang
Photo: Strang Architects

ARTIST TALK

Architecture in the Anthropocene

Max Strang

Thursday 7 May 6pm

Architect Max Strang will discuss his visionary “paper project,” Orlampa, a dystopian blueprint for coastal Floridians to respond with when the seas rise and push us inland.
This talk is part of the Museum’s Architecture in the Anthropocene initiative. The Architecture in the Anthropocene series asks a simple question: In a world of shifting climate trends, environmental stress that drives humans to migrate and relocate, and radical new technologies that are blurring the boundaries of organic and machine, how should we be building? Or, perhaps, should we be building? What futures should we prepare for? What materials should we be constructing with? This series will investigate how we are prepared, or not, for our era.
POSTPONED

April 2020

Leah Rosenberg, Artist
Leah Rosenberg
Photo: Montalvo Arts Center

ARTIST TALK

Leah Rosenberg

Thursday 30 April 6pm

Based in San Francisco, Rosenberg’s art spans painting, installation, sculpture, printmaking, and food, while focusing on the role of color in our lives and its emotional and psychological impact. She has done a number of site-specific installations in which she mines the local landscape for inspirational colors, then incorporates them into lively designs that respond to the architecture of the site. Come hear her speak about 28 Colors (Sarasota, FL), currently installed in our Museum lobby and stairwell, and find out which Sarasota colors captured her curiosity!
POSTPONED
The Perlman Music Group presents The Shock of the New, alumni performance
Sophia Anna Szokolay, Dae Hee Ahn, Audrey Chen and Lauren Siess, Alumni from Perlman Music Program

PERFORMANCE

The Shock of the New

Sunday 19 April 3pm

All art was once contemporary. Come listen and learn about how these groundbreaking works of art were first received.
Presented in partnership with The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Sponsored by Williams Parker Attorneys At Law
POSTPONED
Jennifer Packer, photo by Albert Hosia Jerriod Avant
Jennifer Packer
Photo: Albert Hosia Jerriod Avant

ARTIST TALK

The Work and Influences of Jennifer Packer

Sunday 19 April 1pm

2020 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner Jennifer Packer will speak about her life and work as an artist, followed by a conversation with Greenfield Prize Jury Chair Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of Modern and Contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Join us for a screening of The Last Green Thread followed by a discussion with conservationist and subject of the film, Mallory Dimmitt of Florida Wildlife Corridor.
POSTPONED
The Last Green Thread
Florida Wildlife Corridor

FILM SCREENING

The Last Green Thread

Saturday 18 April 4pm

18 min

On a narrow path through Florida’s Everglades Headwaters, three friends embark on a journey to survey a fragile wilderness corridor before it disappears forever. Amidst a backdrop of massive development and population growth, their expedition documents the vitality and connectedness of an ecosystem in a state of rapid transformation. Mother nature may be resilient, but when the last green thread is stretched to the breaking point, can we summon the courage and resourcefulness to change course?
Join us for a screening of The Last Green Thread followed by a discussion with conservationist and subject of the film, Mallory Dimmitt of Florida Wildlife Corridor.
POSTPONED
Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami
PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans with Arturo Herrera's When Alone Again III, (2001)
Photo: Angel Valentin

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

Frank Sirmans

Thursday 16 April 6pm

Join us for a conversation with Franklin Sirmans, Executive Director of the Pérez Art Museum, and Sarasota Art Museum’s Executive Director, Anne-Marie Russell, about the state of contemporary art museums and the challenges we face today in terms of shifting societal expectations. Relative to the art museum, how can we maintain scrutiny, accountability, and decolonization efforts in the face of a rapidly shifting world on the global and local scale?
Franklin Sirmans has been the director of the Pérez Art Museum, Miami since 2015. Previously serving as the curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Sirmans has an extensive background in the fields of art criticism, curating, and writing.
POSTPONED
Maurizio Cattelan's Comedian, Photo: John Taggart
Maurizio Cattelan, Comedian (2019)
Photo: John Taggart

MASTER CLASS

THE ART MARKET: What’s Up with that Banana, Anyway?

Tuesday 14 April 10am - 12pm

This season’s Master Class focuses on the art market. How is the art market like other markets? How is it different? What do we mean when we talk about value? What are we actually buying when we acquire a work of art? What does it mean to “own” art? Enjoy a lively discussion about all this and more (and yes, we will address the banana…) Master class includes light refreshments and materials.
POSTPONED
Liam Gillick's Pinboard Prototype 1 (Milan House Project) from 1993
Liam Gillick, Pinboard Prototype 1 (Milan House Project) (1993)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

Conclusion & Discussion

Tuesday 7 April 6pm

This session will recap the previous 14 talks. If you missed them, this will be a fun “speed art history” session!

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.

POSTPONED

March 2020

Mona Hatoum's installation Light Sentence from 1992
Mona Hatoum, Light Sentence (1992)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

The 90s Part II Relational Aesthetics & Immersive Installation

Tuesday 31 March 6pm

VR before VR. The Real Real. Life as art. Art as life. The presentation of self in everyday life. What is theatre, what is performance, what is living, what is a set, what is a sculpture?

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.

POSTPONED
M. Leo Elliott's Former Sarasota High School
M. Leo Elliott Building – Former Sarasota High School
Photo: City of Sarasota

THE MEMORY PROJECT

Let's Talk : Dr. Thomas W. (Bill) Clyburn, PH.D.

Saturday 21 March 4 pm

In 1954, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483, was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled that U.S. state laws establishing racially segregated public schools as unconstitutional. Yet it took nine years for Sarasota High School to be integrated. Dr. Thomas Clyburn was one of two students to integrate the all-white institution. Dr. Clyburn will share his story about his experience during this period, and then he and the Museum’s Director of Public Engagement, Michele Parchment, will sit down in conversation to further unpack this complex period in our nation’s history and how it played out here in the Elliott building.
POSTPONED
Sharon Lockhart's Ohne Titel (Spiral) from 1997
Sharon Lockhart, Ohne Titel (Spiral) (1997)

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED: ART SINCE THE 60s

The 90s Part I Photography & Identity

Tuesday 17 March 6 pm

Our preferred medium of verisimilitude can’t help but form a relationship to our sense of self. See how these twinned practices intersected in the 90s.

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.

POSTPONED
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.