Andria Hickey, curator at Public Art Fund in New York, opened her lecture by giving a little history of the organization, such as Public Art Fund’s early contribution of the historically profound “Messages to the Public” light board in Times Square, and explaining a bit about how the privately supported nonprofit develops and presents temporary exhibitions in specific locations.
This Tuesday Evenings presentation bypassed the usual lecture format with poet, sound artist, and author LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs jumping right into a reading/performance of her work. Complete with a simple, compact, and thrilling setup of electronic devices and wires perched and hanging in front of her as she moved between the premeditated and improvisational, this hour was clearly not meant to be a passive exercise for an audience who all seemed a little thrown but delighted with their circumstance.
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll / Day 11 (Yellow), 2010. Fuji Matte print, 70 x 47 inches, edition of 5
The Modern Contemporaries enjoyed the rare opportunity of working with an artist from the current exhibition, Framing Desire. A selection of Allison V Smith’s photographs from her Marfa Series are on view at the Modern through August 23, 2015. Participants in Smith’s workshop enjoyed pizza, drinks and Allison’s illuminating talk on quick and dirty photography tricks. Smith discussed how everyone is a photographer in our fast paced digital age filled with smart phones, photo apps, filters and other mobile gadgets.
Mario García Torres, The Schlieren Plot, n.d. HD video and sound, 29 minutes. Courtesy of the Artist and Proyectos Monclova, Mexico
“It’s a long story . . .” —Mario García Torres
Tom Sachs, Cinderblock, 2009
Misty Keasler, Igloo Waiting Area, Hotel Gang Snowman, Osaka, 2004, Giclée Allison V. Smith, Parked, May 2011. Marfa, Texas, 2012, Chromogenic color photograph
Jonathan Schipper, The Inherent Beauty In A Failure to Reconstruct (detail), 2007. Mixed media. Approx. 9 x 5 x 2.5 feet
Janet Zweig, 7:11AM 11.20.1979 79°55'W 40°27'N, 2009 Photograph by Joe Seamans
“Somewhere between Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Lord of the Flies is the sweet spot.” Dan Maginn, FAIA, Principal at Draw Architecture & Urban Design
Tuesday Evenings began in the fall of 1991 and grew out of an effort to make the Modern more available to its public and to include that public in a conversation about current art-related ideas and events within the Metroplex and beyond. I attended the lectures before working at the Modern, but developed a keen relationship with the program when I became Curator of Education in November 1994. Organizing Tuesday Evenings was one of many exciting challenges when I began the job, but it was also one of my favorites—and it still is.
The new school year has begun and the busy days of Art Camp are over. Here are some highlights from the Modern’s summer programs:
Art Camp: Almost 5
Campers spend time studying the gestural marks of Stephen’s Iron Crown, 1981, by Robert Motherwell.