The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary international art in the central United States. Various movements, themes, and styles are represented, including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Pop art, and Minimalism, as well as aspects of New Image Painting from the 1970s and beyond, recent developments in abstraction and figurative sculpture, and contemporary movements in photography, video, and digital imagery.
February 17—Janet Zweig, a New York–based artist working primarily in the public realm, and Dan Maginn, FAIA, a Principal with el dorado inc in Kansas City, have occasionally collaborated with each other on public art projects. “Public art” has the challenging call to thoughtfully engage while broadly appealing to a varied audience. Zweig and Maginn recognize and embrace this challenge.
February 24—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 3—Jonathan Schipper is a New York–based artist known for large-scale, self-destructing works. Perhaps best known for Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle, the imperceptibly slow crashing together of two full-sized automobiles over a period of six days that simulates a head-on collision, Schipper is a keen critic of our fast-paced, heedless existence. His methodical deconstruction, and sometimes reconstruction, of daily experience brings our otherwise oblivious existence into sharp focus.
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.