November 18—Jules de Balincourt, the artist featured in the Modern’s exhibition FOCUS: Jules de Balincourt, works from the position of an outsider on paintings of American politics and marginalized communities, both utopian and dystopian, in compositions that explore the shifting relationship between representation and abstraction.
November 11—Eric Fischl, a painter, sculptor, and printmaker featured in Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s, gained acclaim in the 1980s with large-scale paintings depicting middle-class American life with themes of adolescent sexuality and voyeurism.
Image: Eric Fischl, Bad Boy, 1981. Oil on canvas, 66 x 96 inches. Private Collection, Courtesy Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich
CANCELLED November 4—Fionn Meade is Senior Curator of Cross-Disciplinary Platforms at the Walker Art Center where he is also Acting Head of the Visual Arts Department.
October 28—Kenny Scharf, an artist featured in Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s, rose to prominence in the 1980s East Village art scene and was one of the first artists to inject elements of street culture into the mainstream of contemporary art.
October 21—Carlo McCormick, a culture critic and curator living in New York, is the author of numerous books, monographs, and catalogues on contemporary art and artists. He curated the exhibition The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984, which debuted at the Grey Art Gallery in New York in 2006 then embarked on a national tour, and contributed the essay “A Crack in Time” to the acclaimed catalogue The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984.
October 7-Jenny Jaskey is director and curator of the Artist’s Institute at Hunter College; co-editor of Realism Materialism Art, an upcoming publication on the “speculative turn” in philosophy and aesthetics; and contributor to various publications including the Brooklyn Rail. Of particular interest for this presentation is Jaskey’s curatorial innovations and experiences in her position at the Artist’s Institute, a research institution and experimental curatorial platform for contemporary art in New York City.
September 23—Tuesday Evenings at the Modern opens this season with insights into the art and issues of Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite, Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History at TCU, directs a panel discussion with the Modern’s Chief Curator Michael Auping, organizer of the exhibition Urban Theater, along with Curator Andrea Karnes and Assistant Curator Alison Hearst, who also contributed essays to the catalogue.