Read Modern American Art at Tate, 1945-80
On Monday 15 July, I participated in the launch event for the research publication I led at Tate Modern. Funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the resulting scholarly publication features some 600,000 words of new scholarship from more 100 scholars of American art. The publication was launched by Emily Pringle (Head of Research, Tate), Carrie Haslett (Programme Director, Exhibition & Academic Grants, Terra Foundation for American Art) and Christopher Griffin (Convenor, Research Programmes and Publications, Tate), with a panel discussion including with project contributors Anna Arabindan-Kesson (Assistant Professor, Princeton University), John R. Blakinger (Terra Visiting Professor of American Art, University of Oxford) and Lucy Bradnock (Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham).
Read Modern American Art at Tate, 1945-80
With Caroline Riley (Smithsonian American Art Museum), I am co-convening a session for the College Art Association conference in Chicago, February 2020, seeking historical perspectives on the histories of corporate patronage.
Read the call for proposals on Academia.edu
To help promote the fantastic School of Drag program run by my colleagues at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, I was recently on NPR 90.5 WESA to discuss gender and performance in Warhol’s work with local journalist Hannah Gaskill.
Read the online summary on the 90.5 WESA website
I have written the catalogue essay for a major exhibition of James Rosenquist’s works from the 1960s for Galerie Thaddeus Ropac in London. Opening in September 2019, the exhibition includes a diverse cross-section of the artist’s practice, including works from the TV-shaped paintings and 'Circles of Confusion' series that provide the focus for my new essay.
For exhibition updates visit the Galerie Thaddeus Ropac website
This coming week, my colleague Barbara McCloskey and I are leading the final Andrew W. Mellon funded collection-based workshop presented as part of the Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh initiative. Titled 'Work Forces: Mobilizing the Visual and Material Cultures of Labor', the week-long workshop brings together 12 faculty and graduate students from across the University of Pittsburgh. This year’s program is presented with the collaboration of the Carnegie Museum of Art, who has organized the participation of Chicago-based contemporary artist Dan Peterman in preparation for their own forthcoming exhibition on art and economic inequality.
Read more about Work Forces on the Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh website
The presentation of Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor at the National Gallery of Victoria from 5 April until 4 August is accompanied by Anne Grace and Elizabeth Hutton Turner’s impressive catalogue, and includes my essay ‘Alexander Calder’s Industrial Revolution’ which argues for Calder’s engagement with the global systems of industrial modernity.
Read about the exhibition at NGV website and read my essay on Academia.edu
The student-curated This is Not Ideal exhibition has been featured in local media outlets NPR WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh City Paper and The Pitt News, along with a range of online and blog media outlets. Attendance at the exhibition is set to break a new record, with a raft of student-led talks, discussions and maker events attracting new audience to the University Art Gallery under its new director Sylvia Rhor.
Read media coverage of This is Not Ideal at NPR 90.5 WESA, The Pitt News and the Pittsburgh City Paper
As part of the Terra Foundation for America Art’s Art Design Chicago initiative, I am delighted to be speaking alongside Erika Doss (University of Notre Dame) about the sculpture of Virginio Ferrari for an event organized by University of Chicago Arts and the Department of Art History. The event will occur at the Cochrane Woods Art Center on 8 November, 5-7pm. My paper 'Taking Flight: Virginio Ferrari and the Jet Age' will use his 'Volo Tragico' series (1963-4) as a departure point to explore the transatlantic contexts for Ferrari’s early work, and its position within a post-war sculptural idiom preoccupied by the experience of flight.
Read more about the event at the Art Design Chicago website
Over the last year, I have worked with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh to curate This is Not Ideal: Gender Myths and their Transformation. Opening on 26 October, the exhibition features more than 30 works from the collection of the University Art Gallery, alongside new works by local contemporary artists Katie Ott and Adam Milner. In-depth undergraduate research on each work in the exhibition has been published in a 70-page exhibition catalogue, which also features essays by myself alongside essays and interviews by Pitt graduate students Brooke Wyatt, Katie Loney and Clarisse Fava-Piz.
Find out more about the exhibition on the UAG website
As the final event in a series of conferences organized by Maggie Cao, Sophie Cras and myself, Mining Value: Art and the Extraction of Resources will occur at The Power Institute, University of Sydney on 9-10 August. Speakers for the event will include Ann Elias, Iain McCalman, Amy Ogata, Anne Dunlop, Matthew C. Hunter, Ian McLean and Anna Arabindon-Kesson. Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the conference will also include collection-based visits to the Mitchell Library at the State Library of New South Wales and the Albert Chapman Mineralogy Collection at the Australian Museum.
Read more about the event at the Power Institute website