March 10—Modern curator Andrea Karnes is in conversation with Misty Keasler and Allison V. Smith, two artists featured in Framing Desire: Photography and Video. This Tuesday Evenings presentation introduces the exhibition and its premise of photography and video conjuring desire as seen specifically within the work of Keasler and Smith, two artists from within our community.
March 17—Tom Sachs, described by Emma Allen for the New Yorker as a “mix of mad scientist, obsessive tinkerer, cult guru, taskmaster general, starry-eyed theoretician, and workout champion,” is an original advocate of bricolage, or DIY, and one of today’s most inspiring and influential sculptors. Best known for elaborate and innovative re-creations of various Modern icons, re-creations that are masterpieces of engineering and design of one kind or another, Sachs explains, “I’m obsessed with innovation.
March 24—Emily Jacir is an artist living in the Mediterranean and a full-time professor at the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah. As the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), a Prince Claus Award (2007), the Hugo Boss Prize (2008), and the Herb Alpert Award (2011), Jacir is renowned for works about transformation and questions of translation, resistance, and the logic of the archive.
March 31—Philip-Lorca diCorcia, known for creating images poised between documentary and theatrically staged photography, has had a dynamic career with acclaimed international exhibitions, including a major survey of ’his work organized by the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in 2013 that traveled to the De Pont Museum in Tilburg, Netherlands, and The Hepworth Wakefield in England. DiCorcia employs photography as a fictive medium capable of creating uncanny, complex realities out of seemingly straightforward compositions.
April 7—Mario García Torres is a Mexico City–based conceptual artist who addresses the ways in which art and information are constructed over time.
April 14—Sina Najafi is editor-in-chief of Cabinet magazine and the editorial director of Cabinet Books. He has curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions and projects, including “Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates,” the subject of this presentation.
April 21—Laurie Simmons, a New York–based artist renowned since the mid-1970s for staged black-and-white photographs referencing domestic scenes and most recently for life-size color photographs of kigurumi (Japanese costume play), shares her experiences and the development of her work.