The Modern Graduate Series aims to foster and sustain a vibrant, creative dialogue among fine arts and art history graduate students from across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The series is a succession of quarterly meetings where area graduate students can experience the Modern’s special exhibitions and attend lectures by visiting artists, scholars, and art professionals from across the state. Prior to each lecture, graduate students will enjoy complimentary access to the galleries.
The Graduate Student Lectureship Program provides local art and art history graduate students the opportunity to research and present public lectures on works on view at the Modern. These focused gallery talks discuss artworks within a thematic framework designed to provide new insights on familiar pieces, special exhibitions, and new acquisitions. After close observation, rigorous research, and original analysis, students each design an interactive tour that fosters discussion with visitors in the galleries.
Brooklyn-based artist Byron Kim is known for his monochrome paintings, born out of representation, that seemingly challenge their relationship to abstraction. Faye Hirsch describes his work in an interview with the artist for Art in America, “You see subtle variations of color within the fields.
Andrea Fraser is an artist currently based in Los Angeles, California, where she is a professor at UCLA in the department of art. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Fraser has used performance, video, and a range of other media to explore the motivations that drive artists, collectors, art dealers, corporate sponsors, museum trustees, and museum visitors from the pursuit of prestige to that of financial investment, to sexual fantasy and self-realization.
Writer and artist Gregg Bordowitz presents Testing Some Beliefs, an ongoing series of lectures/performances that consider the strength and longevity, as well as the present relevancy, of some personal and collective beliefs. Currently the Chair of the film, video, new media, and animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and faculty at the Whitney Independent Study Program, Bordowitz is known for his work as an AIDS activist in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as his socially conscious, thoughtful, and poetic performance-based work.
Gary Rough is a Scottish conceptual artist based in New York who represented his homeland in the 2003 Venice Biennale.
Lucy Lippard is a distinguished writer, curator, editor, lecturer, and activist who has long been appreciated for her expansive scholarship and insight, having been one of the first to recognize the dematerialization of the work in art’s movement toward conceptualism as well as an early champion of feminist art. The author of 21 books, curator of 50 exhibitions, cofounder of Printed Matter Inc., the Heresies Collective, Political Art Documentation/Distribution, Artists Call Against U.S.
David Dawson, painter and longtime assistant and friend of Lucian Freud, shares personal insights and thoughts on his 20-year relationship with the brilliant and driven artist for this Tuesday Evenings at the Modern. Photographing Freud and his studio over the years, Dawson explained to the Guardian that his photographic documentation was an "honest record" of their relationship, commenting that working with Freud was "never a burden, but certainly a commitment."
Image: Lucian Freud, Eli and David, 2005-6. Courtesy of The Lucian Freud Archive.
An internationally recognized photographer, Nicholas Nixon has helped shape the dialogue of photographic discourse for over four decades. His work gained broad attention when it was included in one of the most influential exhibitions of the 1970s, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape at the George Eastman House in 1975. His first solo museum exhibition in 1976 was curated by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.