Rank #1: 5 x 20 x 20 (5/14/2009; 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: Art and Commerce: Alternative Economies: Christine Hill and Rirkrit Tiravanija
Art and Commerce: Alternative Economies
October 16, 2008
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.
Rank #3: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered: A Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, March 10, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
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 #4: Kerry James Marshall
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
Rank #5: Jeff Koons
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 #6: Elizabeth Murray: Gallery Talk with Robert Storr
Monday, October 24, 2005
Robert Storr, organizer of the exhibition and Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, leads a discussion about the exhibition in the Museum galleries, after-hours.
Rank #7: Isaac Julien
Friday, November 18, 2005
British audio-visual installation artist Isaac Julien draws from a variety of artistic and theoretical sources to create films that explore the construction of cultural identities. His films include Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1995); the Cannes Film Festival prize-winner Young Soul Rebels (1991); and the groundbreaking documentary Looking for Langston (1989). In 2001, Julien was short-listed for the Turner Prize (for his film The Long Road to Mazatlan, 1999), and received the prestigious MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts.
Rank #8: Dalí and New York: Callie Angell, Jack Bond, Jonas Mekas, Ingrid Schaffner
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 #9: Knowing Kippenberger
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 #10: An Artists Panel: Brice Marden: Francesco Clemente, Luc Tuymans, and Christopher Wool
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 #11: Painting Process/Process Painting: Chuck Close and Carroll Dunham
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 #12: Between Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and New York: A Roundtable Discussion with Ger van Elk, Allen Ruppersberg, and Lawrence Weiner
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.
Rank #13: Plane Image: A Conversation with Brice Marden
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 #14: Myths of the West: Photographers, Filmmakers, and Writers
In conjunction with Into the Sunset, which examines how photography has pictured the idea of the American West from 1850 to the present, this panel features photographers, a filmmaker, and a writer in a discussion of how their work elicits and contributes to our collective imagination and narratives of the West. Participants include photographer Katy Grannan, writer Annie Proulx, and photographer, filmmaker, and actor Dennis Hopper. Eva Respini, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, and organizer of the exhibition moderates a discussion.
Rank #15: Lucian Freud Portrayed: An Evening with William Feaver
A lecture by art critic, curator, and Freud biographer William Feaver
Rank #16: The Art Lending Service: Building an Audience for Modern Art
In 1948, the Junior Council of The Museum of Modern Art, led by Blanchette Rockefeller, met to discuss the creation of an art lending library that would function as a forum to educate young collectors about modern art and that would allow the public to rent works of art. This early conception of an art lending library became the Art Lending Service (ALS) in 1951. In addition to renting artworks in the lending library, the ALS organized temporary exhibitions in the Museum's Penthouse Restaurant. Many of the Penthouse Exhibitions included works by emerging artists who would later become well known. This lecture focuses on the history of the ALS and will include discussion of archival objects such as photographs, brochures, invitations to events, sales cards, lending cards, and other related objects.
MacKenzie Bennett (MA, Courtauld Institute of Art) is an assistant archivist in the Museum Archives at MoMA.
Rank #17: Conversations on Color: Chromophobia/Chromophilia
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 #18: Warhol, On Screen, Off Screen
Writer John Giorno, who conceived of the Giorno Poetry Systems, will read his own poetic works inspired by the life and times of Andy Warhol, followed by artist Conrad Ventur screening his contemporary screen test films. John Giorno was a subject of Warhol’s original screen tests. A conversation to follow moderated by director of MoMA PS1 and exhibition curator Klaus Biesenbach.
Rank #19: Conversations on Color: Color and Conceptualism
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 #20: New Perspectives on Abstract Expressionism: A Young Scholars’ Panel
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.