Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: Jeff Koons
March 9, 2007 6:30 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.
Rank #3: Obsession and Practice
Monday, February 27, 2006 6:00 p.m. The Museum of Modern Art presents an interdisciplinary panel that investigates the repetitive, detail-oriented creative practices of artists, writers, and performers. Panelists include artists Trenton Doyle Hancock and Daniel Zeller, poet Susan Howe, and musician David Grubbs. Moderated by Brooke Davis Anderson, curator of Obsessive Drawing. Held in conjunction with the MoMA exhibition The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now and the American Folk Art Museum's exhibition Obsessive Drawing.
Rank #4: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered: A Roundtable Discussion
Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered: A Roundtable Discussion Thursday, March 10, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Theater 3 The work of the Abstract Expressionists during the postwar period in New York was characterized by the deep conviction that contemporary painting could be not only a vehicle for personal expression, but also a form of spiritual experience. Artists Brice Marden and Tauba Auerbach and anthropologist Michael Taussig discuss the continuing relevance and implications of this viewpoint. Laura Hoptman, curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture, moderates the discussion.
Rank #5: Henri Matisse in the Twenty-first Century
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Matisse's art continues to be popular, but also to be misunderstood as an art of hedonistic pleasure. This lecture, presented by John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus, Department of Painting and Sculpture, and organizer of the exhibition Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917, explores the important lessons that Matisse's art, and his attitudes towards it, continue to teach us more than a century after he burst into public attention. In conjunction with the exhibition Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917
Rank #6: Painting Process/Process Painting: Chuck Close and Carroll Dunham
August 8, 2007 6:30 p.m. Chuck Close and Carroll Dunham, artists featured in the exhibition What Is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, discuss their work. The conversation is moderated by Anne Umland, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, and organizer of the exhibition. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition What Is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection.
Rank #7: Dalí and New York: Callie Angell, Jack Bond, Jonas Mekas, Ingrid Schaffner
September 10, 2008 6:30 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.
Rank #8: An Artists Panel: Brice Marden: Francesco Clemente, Luc Tuymans, and Christopher Wool
Monday, November 13, 2006 6:00 p.m. Artists Francesco Clemente, Luc Tuymans, and Christopher Wool discuss the impact of Brice Marden's work through individual presentations and a conversation moderated by Gary Garrels. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Brice Marden: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings. Photo courtesy of Miriam Berkley
Rank #9: Conceptual Art and Photography: James Welling in Conversation with Jan Dibbets
October 5, 2009, 6:30 P.M. Many artists include photography in their work, but they very often do so using a non-traditional approach. Dutch artist Jan Dibbets does not consider himself a photographer, although he has used the process extensively in his conceptually based work since the 1960s. James Welling, on the contrary, manipulates many of the technical elements of the medium, like light filters, and turns others, such as screens and gelatin, into the subjects of his work. Following an introduction by Anne Rorimer, independent scholar and curator, the artists discuss their varying approaches to conceptual art and photography with 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.
Rank #10: 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
Rank #11: Oliver Sacks: The Island of Rota
Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m. Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1 Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks reads from his book The Island of the Colorblind, elaborating on oceanic islands, evolution, and plant life, and the illustrated publications that first shaped his passion for plants and science. The reading coincides with the publication of The Island of Rota, a limited-edition book published by the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art to benefit MoMA's Library and Museum Archives. Coming out in late fall 2010, The Island of Rota unites a chapter of Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind that is focused on the ancient ferns and cycads found on a geographically isolated Micronesian Island with original photographs by Abelardo Morell and design by Ted Muehling.
Rank #12: Conversations on Color: Chromophobia/Chromophilia
April 9, 2008 6:30 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.
Rank #13: Gabriel Orozco
Thursday, February 11, 2010 12:30 PM Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, b. 1962) emerged at the beginning of the 1990s as one of the most intriguing and original artists of his generation—and one of the last to come of age in the twentieth century. He resists confinement to a single medium and deliberately blurs the boundaries between the art object and the everyday environment. This talk addresses the current MoMA exhibition and the artist’s merging of "art" and "reality.” Paulina Pobocha is a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA.
Rank #14: Conversations on Color: Color and Conceptualism
March 13, 2008 6:30 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
Rank #15: New Perspectives on Abstract Expressionism: A Young Scholars’ Panel
February 25, 2011 01:00 PM In conjunction with the exhibition Abstract Expressionist New York, MoMA presents New Perspectives on Abstract Expressionism: A Young Scholars’ Panel. The following four international graduate students have been selected to present their papers which uncover new scholarship, interpretations, approaches, and analysis of Abstract Expressionism: Leanne Carroll, University of Toronto “From Motherwell’s Tragedy, Newman’s Alienation, and Reinhardt’s Isolation to the Minimalist’s Renown: On the Reception of Artist-Writers” Eileen Costello, The University of Texas at Austin “Beyond the Easel: The Dissolution of Abstract Expressionist Painting into the Realm of Architecture” Michelle DuBois, Boston University “New Demarcations for Old: Refining and Redefining Abstract Expressionism Vis-à-vis a Consideration of the Willard Gallery Artists” Valerie Hellstein, Stony Brook University “Abstract Expressionism’s Countercultures: The Club, the Cold War, and the New Sensibility” The panel’s selection committee members, David Anfam, Michael Leja, Katy Siegel, and Ann Temkin, will serve as respondents and moderate a discussion among the four selected scholars.
Rank #16: Plane Image: A Conversation with Brice Marden
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 6:00 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
Rank #17: Art and Perception Series: Modalities of the Visible: Understanding and Sensing Images
Art and Perception Series Modalities of the Visible: Understanding and Sensing Images April 5, 2008 4:00 p.m. This multidisciplinary series of discussions features prominent artists, art historians, scientists, conservators, and others as they provide a variety of perspectives on the complex process of experiencing art. Discussions explore the ways in which the perception of a single artwork evolves over time, how artists adopt optical and perceptive strategies as a means of influencing a particular sensorial experience, and the impact of recent scientific research and color theory on art and architecture. Understanding and engaging the viewer's senses and the ways in which they relate to the intellect is a common concern in art making today. To what extent is a viewer's intellectual and sensorial response predictable and/or malleable? How have artists and other image makers used this knowledge to create works with lasting impact? In this panel, prominent scholars discuss the psychology of the artistic experience, the ways in which artists have utilized theories of perception throughout history, and how a viewer's visual literacy and artistic enjoyment can be enhanced. Participants include John Hyman, Fellow and Praelector in Philosophy and Editor, The British Journal of Aesthetics, The Queen's College, UK, and Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, psychologist and author of The Art of Seeing. This program is moderated by Leonard Lopate, host of The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. The Art and Perception Series is made possible by The Dana Foundation.
Rank #18: On Sculpture: A Sculptors Panel: Judith Shea and Joel Shapiro
Monday, June 19, 2006 6:00 p.m. Artists Judith Shea and Joel Shapiro discuss modern and contemporary sculpture through individual presentations and a conversation moderated by Ann Temkin, curator of the exhibition. Held in conjunction with the MoMA exhibition Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection.
Rank #19: Colors of the Brain
April 18, 2008 6:00 p.m. Presented by The Museum of Modern Art; the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAAP) of Columbia University; and Studio Olafur Eliasson, this program reviews and critiques contemporary cultural theories of color that have emerged from artistic and scientific practices. Discussions and presentations seek to build a contemporary epistemology of color based on recent artistic and scientific experiments and on cognitive research into color perception, with an emphasis on the role that color plays in the physical environment. Photo courtesy of Paula Court
Rank #20: 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.