Sundays with the Modern offers unique perspectives on the Museum’s architecture, permanent collection, and special exhibitions. Artists, art historians, critics, writers, and architects hold conversations and lead tours in the galleries.
Michael Auping, chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,presents Los Angeles: Light and Space at Land’s Edge, focusing on the unique qualities of light in Southern California and how those qualities have inspired painters, sculptors, and installation artists for decades. What began as painterly replications of light—both abstract (Richard Diebenkorn, John McLaughlin) and representational (Ed Ruscha and Vija Celmins)—evolved into architectural investigations of the phenomenology of light (Robert Irwin, Maria Nordman, and Bruce Nauman).
Michael Auping, the Museum’s chief curator, discusses the Tadao Ando–designed gallery spaces of the Modern from a behind-the-scenes curatorial viewpoint in Installing the Modern. For this enlightening presentation, Auping shares his choices for pairing certain key works from the collection with different spaces in the museum; specifically Anselm Kiefer’s Book with Wings, Martin Puryear’s Ladder for Booker T. Washington, Richard Serra’s Vortex, Carl Andre’s Slit, and the new acquisition and placement of Roxy Paine’s stainless steel trees, Conjoined. It is always rewarding to hear from Auping, as he has been a favorite of the Tuesday Evenings series throughout the life of this program, bringing his knowledge, vast experience, and quick wit to the various subjects he has presented over the years. This is sure to be another popular event, so arrive early to claim a seat.
Michael Auping, the Modern’s Chief Curator, brings Declaring Space: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein to Fort Worth. The works created by these artists had a dramatic effect on the complex development of space and color in abstract painting as it evolved in the years following World War II. For Tuesday Evenings Auping provides insight into these artists’ profound influence on a set of spatial themes evoked in abstract art in the latter half of the twentieth century, which led to the engagement of what Auping terms as “a new realm of abstract theater.”