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MoMA Talks: Conversations

Curators, scholars, and artists discuss modern and contemporary art. To view images of these artworks, please visit the Online Collection at moma.org/collection. MoMA Audio is available free of charge courtesy of Bloomberg.

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5 x 20 x 20 (5/14/2009; Part 2 of 7): Marcia Hafif

Part 2 of 7: Marcia Hafif A special series of talks in the format of Pecha Kucha, an informal Japanese lecture style. In each session, approximately five artists who are represented in MoMA's collection discuss twenty slides of their work, twenty seconds per slide. This series celebrates a gift by the Judith Rothschild Foundation to the Museum of works by over 650 artists.

7mins

3 Dec 2010

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Jeff Koons

March 9, 20076:30 p.m.Jeff Koons uses unexpected models and everyday objects to create works of art. From his Hoover vacuum cleaners to his stainless steel Rabbit (1986), he challenges viewers’ perception and standards of “good taste,” addressing established hierarchies and aesthetic value systems. Koons, whose 1985 work Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Two Dr. J. Silver Series, Wilson Supershot) is included in Out of Time: A Contemporary View, has exhibited internationally and has received many awards and honors.

1hr 40mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #2

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Marlene Dumas: A Lecture with the Artist

December 8, 20086:30 p.m.Marlene Dumas's paintings often focus on the human figure, merging existential human themes with personal experience and art historical antecedents. In this lecture, the artist presents her work and the upcoming exhibition Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave.

1hr 8mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #3

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Kerry James Marshall

September 14, 20076:30 p.m.Kerry James Marshall's mixed media works address the perspectives of African Americans through references to popular culture, history, and the civil rights movement. His work draws inspiration from art-historical sources from the Renaissance to black folk art. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Marshall has a BFA and an honorary Doctorate from the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. He has exhibited in the United States, and at international exhibitions such as Documenta X. In 1997 Marshall was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant. The program is moderated by Romi Crawford, Curator and Director of Education and Public Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and introduced by Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education, The Museum of Modern Art.Photo courtesy of Paula Court

1hr 58mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #4

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Knowing Kippenberger

Tuesday, April 14, 2009. 6:30 PM Martin Kippenberger's The Happy End of Franz Kafka's "Amerika" stages the scenario of America as the land of the job interview. In the spirit of this work, tonight's program takes the shape of a series of interviews between artists, art dealers, and friends of Kippenberger's. Together they help to form a collective portrait of this complicated figure. Participants include artists Rachel Harrison and Jeff Koons, art dealer Friedrich Petzel, and critic and art historian Jan Avgikos.Photo courtesy of Paula Court

1hr 14mins

3 Dec 2010

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Lucian Freud Portrayed: An Evening with William Feaver

February 28, 20086:30 p.m.A lecture by art critic, curator, and Freud biographer William Feaver

1hr 6mins

3 Dec 2010

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Plane Image: A Conversation with Brice Marden

Wednesday, November 1, 20066:00 p.m.Brice Marden and Gary Garrels, curator of Brice Marden: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings, discuss the artist's work and the exhibition.Photo courtesy of Miriam Berkley

1hr 27mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #7

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Conversations on Color: Chromophobia/Chromophilia

April 9, 20086:30 p.m.In conversations moderated by Ann Temkin, curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, and organizer of the exhibition Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, artists and scholars explore the ways in which artists use color, whether by chance, through systems, or in the context of everyday life. With David Batchelor, artist and the author of Chromophobia, and Chris McGlinchey, conservation scientist, Department of Conservation, The Museum of Modern Art.

1hr 38mins

3 Dec 2010

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Art and Commerce: Alternative Economies: Christine Hill and Rirkrit Tiravanija

Artists Speak: Conversations on Contemporary Art with Glenn D. LowryArt and Commerce: Alternative EconomiesOctober 16, 20086:30 p.m.From F.T. Marinetti, the founder of the Italian Futurist movement in 1909, to Andy Warhol in the 1960s, many artists have reveled in the promotion of their own work, linking it to marketing and commerce. Others, however, resist or challenge this dynamic by instead addressing issues surrounding art and social exchange. In this program, artists Christine Hill and Rirkrit Tiravanija discuss how they create artworks for an alternative "economy." Moderated by Glenn D. Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art.

1hr 43mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #9

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Manet at MoMA: A Conversation between John Elderfield and Michael Fried

Wednesday, November 8, 20066:30 p.m.John Elderfield, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, and organizer of the exhibition Manet and the Execution of Maximilian, and Michael Fried, the J.R. Herbert Boone Professor in the Humanities, Krieger School of Arts and Science, The Johns Hopkins University, and author of the critically acclaimed Manet's Modernism: or, the Face of Painting in the 1860s, discuss the Maximilian paintings and Manet's importance to the history of modern art.Photo courtesy of Miriam Berkley

1hr 28mins

3 Dec 2010

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Conversations on Color: Color and Conceptualism

March 13, 20086:30 p.m.In conversations moderated by Ann Temkin, curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, and organizer of the exhibition Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, artists and scholars explore the ways in which artists use color, whether by chance, through systems, or in the context of everyday life. With artists John Baldessari and Daniel Buren, and Bernard Marcadé, art critic, freelance curator, and professor of art history and aesthetics at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts of Paris-Cergy.Photo courtesy of Paula Court

1hr 27mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #11

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Dalí and New York: Callie Angell, Jack Bond, Jonas Mekas, Ingrid Schaffner

September 10, 20086:30 p.m.Salvador Dalí first arrived in New York in 1934 and immediately became a flamboyant part of the city's life and art scene. Engaging with the artists and celebrities who helped create the spirit of the city at the time, Dalí pursued his interests in art and commerce, the urban streets, and friendships with members of polite society and those in the rebellious underground. This program brings together scholars and filmmakers who address the impact of Dalí's diverse activities on his work and on the New York artistic community. Participants include Callie Angell, Adjunct Curator, The Andy Warhol Film Project, The Whitney Museum of American Art, who discusses the relationship between Dalí and Andy Warhol; filmmaker Jack Bond, who presents clips of his own film, Dalí in New York, and reflections on his friendship with the artist; Jonas Mekas, filmmaker and Director, Anthology Film Archives, who shares the films he made of Dalí; and Ingrid Schaffner, Senior Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, who explores Dalí and the 1939 World's Fair. Anne Morra, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, and co-organizer of the exhibition Dalí: Painting and Film, moderates a discussion.This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Dalí: Painting and Film.

1hr 4mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #12

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A Conversation with Jacques Herzog and Glenn D. Lowry

Tuesday, September 19, 20066:30 p.m.In conjunction with the exhibition Artist’s Choice: Herzog & de Meuron, Perception Restrained, Glenn D. Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art, and Jacques Herzog consider the collection from an architect’s perspective and discuss the ways in which thoughtful selections and innovative installations inspire new understandings of art.

1hr 11mins

3 Dec 2010

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Between Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and New York: A Roundtable Discussion with Ger van Elk, Allen Ruppersberg, and Lawrence Weiner

September 24, 2009 06:30 PMTheater 3 This conversation examines the international networks that developed among Conceptual artists in the 1960s and 1970s. Three such artists—Ger van Elk, Allen Ruppersberg, and Lawrence Weiner—focus the discussion on their respective cities of Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and New York, each of which served as a major center of artistic production at the time. Christophe Cherix, Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, and organizer of the exhibition In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976, moderates the discussion.

1hr 29mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #14

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Martin Puryear Panel

Martin PuryearJanuary 8, 20086:30 p.m.Through a series of presentations and a moderated discussion, David Levi Strauss, scholar, critic, and chair of the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department, School of Visual Arts; Judith Russi Kirshner, professor of Art History and dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago; and artists Josiah McElheny and Terry Winters offer their perspectives on the work of Martin Puryear. John Elderfield, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, and organizer of the exhibition, moderates the discussion.

1hr 43mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #15

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Motherwell in His Time

On the occasion of the publication of Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941–1991, this roundtable discussion explores Robert Motherwell's role as a thinker across creative disciplines including painting, poetry, philosophy, and music. Presenters include Debra Balken, Bill Berkson, Tim Clifford, Heidi Colsman-Freyberger, Robert Hobbs, and Katy Rogers. Moderated by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA. Following the program, visit The Museum of Modern Art Archives to view selected Motherwell materials and join us for a reception in the library. This program is presented in collaboration with the Dedalus Foundation and the Museum Library and Archives.

2hr 21mins

16 Oct 2013

Rank #16

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Open Source: Cory Arcangel and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Artists Speak: Conversations on Contemporary Art with Glenn D. LowryOpen SourceJanuary 20, 20096:30 p.m.This program explores contemporary art in the age of YouTube, Facebook, and Wikipedia, online resources that connect people and information in countless ways and through immeasurable distances. Artists Cory Arcangel and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer discuss the ways in which they utilize electronic databases to create works of art. Glenn D. Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art, moderates a discussion.

1hr 34mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #17

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Modern Danish Design Revisited

Thursday, December 7, 20066:00 p.m.Professor Penny Sparke, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design & Music, Kingston University, London, delivers a lecture investigating contemporary design within the legacy of modern design in Denmark today. A panel discussion, moderated by Laetitia Wolff, writer, curator, and founding director of futureflair, inc., follows the lecture and includes designer Christina Strand and Anders Byriel, director of the textile manufacturing company Kvadrat.

1hr 54mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #18

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Claes Oldenburg: Writing on the Side 1956–1969

Claes Oldenburg reads from Writing on the Side 1956–1969 (edited by Achim Hochdörfer, Maartje Oldenburg, and Barbara Schröder), a newly published selection of diaries, notes, poems, scripts, and statements that the artist wrote in the 1960s. The event is introduced by Ann Temkin, Chief Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, and organizer of the exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store and Claes Oldenburg: Mouse Museum/Ray Gun Wing; and Maartje Oldenburg. The reading is followed by a book signing and reception.

34mins

16 Oct 2013

Rank #19

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Martin Creed

March 21, 20086:30 p.m.Like many modern artists that have preceded him, Martin Creed makes installations, music, film, writings, and performances that question the value of objects and ideas commonly considered mundane. With modest materials he often takes a witty and subversive, minimalist approach. Creed, who attended the Slade School of Art in London, has exhibited his work internationally and was the recipient of the 2001 Turner Prize. This conversation is moderated by Pablo Helguera, Director, Adult and Academic Programs, The Museum of Modern Art.Note: Audio recordings of films shown during the program have been removed.

1hr 11mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #20