Michael Auping is one of the most significant curators of our generation. Through his exhibitions and writings, he has chronicled many of the leading artists of the last decades—often producing definitive treatments on artists from Lucian Freud, Georg Baselitz, and Anselm Kiefer to Frank Stella, Susan Rothenberg, and Bruce Nauman. Auping’s “secret sauce” is his ability to enter the minds and lives of artists, thus grasping not only the artwork itself but its conception, process, and facture. Adam Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art

Michael Auping, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Chief Curator from 1993 to 2017, shares insights gained over 40 years of interacting with some of the most important artists of our time. As a specialist in the international developments of the postwar period, organizing numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions, Auping is one of America’s foremost scholars of contemporary art. Over time and with care, he has developed important relationships with the artists he has come to know and has made it a priority since his time as a graduate student in the mid-1970s to record artists’ words, believing it an essential part of art history. The artist Jenny Holzer, who worked closely with Auping as he curated the U.S. Pavilion for the 1990 Venice Biennale that featured Holzer’s work and received that year’s Golden Lion award for Best National Pavilion, gives a glimpse into Auping’s relationship with art and artists, stating, “Michael is a very good man with a great eye who knows why he loves art, and he can tell you why cogently and with racing excitement. He is a friend to artists for the right reasons.” 

This Tuesday Evenings at the Modern presentation, “40 Years: Talking and Thinking about Art,” is a biographical sketch of Michael Auping’s four-decade career as a renowned curator, relaying stories of artists such as Lucian Freud, Agnes Martin, John Chamberlain, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, Jenny Holzer, and Frank Stella. In the related recent publication 40 Years: Just Talking About Art, in which Auping documents scores of conversations he has had with artists throughout his career, he imparts, “After forty years of studying art, I can say with confidence that the artist’s voice is the second-best place to start one’s understanding of art. Looking and experiencing art for yourself is the first.”

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This captivating installation by Hubbard & Birchler, which supports an impossible dialogue between an elderly son and his young mother, is an impressive example of how “rephrasing” and “rewriting” histories can carry an emotional impact. Claire Walsh, “Notes from Venice,” MAP, August 4, 2017

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, an artist couple based in Austin and Berlin, have been working collaboratively in film, photography, and sculpture since 1990. Their suggestive work invites open-ended reflections on place and cinema and, as stated by Jordan Amirkhani in Daily Serving, is “propelled by the artists’ fascination with the open circuits of social life, memory, and history that sit just outside the frame of moving images.”

For Tuesday Evenings, Hubbard / Birchler discuss Grand Paris Texas, the 2008 video piece commissioned by the Modern and described by Jeffrey Kastner for Artforum as interweaving “the physical and social space of a dead cinema, a forgotten song and the inhabitants of a small town,” in relation to their most recent works, Flora and Bust, featured in the Swiss Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale for the exhibition Women of Venice, curated by Philipp Kaiser.

Generally I think my work is the research I do. Minerva Cuevas, “Bridging Borders: Minerva Cuevas,” Extended PlayArt21, March 24, 2017

Minerva Cuevas, based in Mexico City, is a conceptual artist who generates projects in response to politically charged contexts. Employing irony and humor, Cuevas’s work provokes reflection on politics and the potential impact of local actions on the enforcement of fair labor practices and the redistribution of monetary flow. Her practice encompasses a wide range of supports – including painting, video, sculpture, photography, and installation – through which she investigates certain power structures that underlie social and economic ties. Cuevas’s interdisciplinary projects combine aspects of anthropology, product design, and economics in order to explore different ways of intervening in the urban space and museums and galleries. Interventions include hacking public utilities to provide discounted or free services, as in the case of Mejor Vida Corp., which she founded in 1998, and her recently founded International Understanding Foundation; as well as her poetic marking of river stones for her 2010 performance Rio Bravo Crossing.

For Tuesday Evenings, Cuevas’s presentation is centered on research-based projects formally developed through the use of socio-cultural strategies, including actions such as marking a crossing point in the Chihuahuan desert at the US-Mexico border, or multidisciplinary processes such as the simultaneous collaboration with the SFMOMA and public libraries around the subject of public knowledge. She explores the possibilities of generating positive social impact from the sphere of culture.

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A founding Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), Kennedy has been designated as one of Fast Company’s Masters of Design, described as an “insightful and original thinker who is designing new ways of working, learning, leading and innovating.” MITei news release

Sheila Kennedy, FAIA, is a Professor of Architecture at MIT and a founding Principal of KVA Matx, an interdisciplinary practice that is widely recognized for innovations in architecture, material research, and the design of next-generation infrastructure for emerging public needs. Kennedy directs KVA’s material research division, Matx, which works with business leaders, cultural institutions, and public agencies to design clean energy products and resilient “soft” infrastructure for networked cities and urbanizing regions.

For Tuesday Evenings, Kennedy presents selected KVA projects and shares the guiding principles of an architecture practice recognized for its creative and conscientious approach to our built environment.

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Is any art that depicts a vivid sense of doom and gloom immediately relevant in 2017? Yes, if Robyn O’Neil’s current solo exhibition The Good Herd is any indication. Previously, the Los Angeles-based artist’s dark surrealism felt like an anachronism. Her drawings in exhibitions like 2011’s Hell were, at once, a throwback to Odilon Redon’s trippy drawings and Edward Gorey’s Goth wit.  Emily Colucci, “You Want It Darker: Robyn O’Neil’s ‘The Good Herd’ at Susan Inglett Gallery,” Art F City, February 23, 2017

Robyn O’Neil, a Los Angeles–based artist, is known for thoughtful and facile depictions of her dystopian subjects in ambitious drawings that range from intimate to monumental in scale. The Modern’s These final hours embrace at last; this is our ending, this is our past., 2007, relays the artist’s discipline in intimately drawing an expansive image at a scale to match. Having moved through vast series, working solely with graphite and then color mediums and then graphite, still and moving images—the common thread throughout O’Neil’s career is her allegiance to drawing.

For Tuesday Evenings, O’Neil shares her images, thoughts, and processes in drawing as found in the recently published book Robyn O’Neil: 20 Years of Drawings, available in the Modern Shop. A book signing will precede the lecture.

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My interest in horror is in its evolution and how it served as a salve or catalyst for society to deal with the fear of others. I’m not really interested in slasher films. A lot of my focus is on individuals who in the end are human. Margaret Meehan, “Q+A with Margaret Meehan,” by Rebecca Marino, Conflict of Interest, February 14, 2017

Margaret Meehan was a Texas-based artist until her recent move to Richmond, Virginia, where she now lives, makes art, and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Meehan, known for her research-heavy and figure-based multimedia work, has always been interested in the body—not necessarily how it physically works or even the figure as a genre, but how bodily difference has been perceived throughout time.

For Tuesday Evenings, Meehan presents “Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde,” a talk on how her work addresses monstrosity as a kind of otherness that goes beyond dualities and instead exists in shades of gray, a slippage between the categories that society defines us by and an acknowledgement of the monster that lives within us. In this clear-eyed and nuanced consideration of the intersections of myths, monsters, and miracles, Meehan examines how we decide whom we protect and whom we should be protected from by looking at notions of gender, vintage horror, and our own blood-stained American history.

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"Exuberance is beauty," William Blake said, and Luca Dellaverson's show is nothing if not exuberant. This 28-year-old artist has energy, ideas, ambition, and desire, along with an admirable sense of respect of art world elders and history. His paintings abound with references to literary, artistic, and pop culture figures ranging from Robert Graves, Cady Noland and David Hammons to Jurassic Park references. . . . More interesting is the element of undoing in this work, the way in which the artist makes and then breaks down his source connections, so to speak, undoing and defacing conventional ideas of painting, beauty, form, and structure. Benjamin Genocchio, “Luca Dellaverson’s Art of Undoing at Jack Tilton Speaks for a New Generation of American Artists,” artnet, July 2, 2015

Luca Dellaverson, a New York–based artist, was described in a 2015 artnet review of his solo exhibition at Jack Tilton Gallery in New York as “a thinker, as much as a maker—a thinker who puts ideas into action through the act of undoing.” There is a destructive quality to Dellaverson’s work that seems to suggest the need to destroy in order to begin anew, or perhaps to establish that the act of undoing is a way of fully knowing. (One might be reminded here of Robert Rauschenberg’s act of officially erasing a Willem de Kooning drawing in 1953.) This is, of course, all speculation, but what is certain is that Dellaverson’s process results in something simultaneously beautiful and tragic, within the realm of the sublime.

For Tuesday Evenings, Dellaverson presents his work as it has progressed over the past few years, through exhibitions in New York and in Europe, offering insight within the historical context of painting.

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Margee Kerr is a fear junkie. Roller coasters, haunted houses, heights, abandoned prisons, ghosts (well, maybe), even death—she confronts them with the relentlessness of a zombie Terminator. . . . Kerr goes deep into the biological and scientific definitions of fear, rather than dismissing the experience solely as an emotion. . . . “Every organism, from the fruit fly to the human, has a defense or threat response,” she reminds. “It’s one of our survival circuits.” Carlos Lozada, review of Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear by Margee Kerr, Washington Post, October 22, 2015

Dr. Margee Kerr is a sociologist who conducts research on fear, specifically how and why people engage with scary material. Dr. Kerr is the co-investigator on a first-of-its-kind study that measures how the brain and body respond to “fun-scary” experiences like haunted attractions, paranormal investigations, and thrill rides. She works as a consultant for attractions and museums and is the author of Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear, named as a must-read by the Washington Post.

For Tuesday Evenings, Dr. Kerr presents “Scream: Why we love, or loathe, thrills and chills,” delving into the many ways we choose to scare ourselves—from haunted houses to roller coasters to ghost stories around the campfire—and the social, physical, and psychological benefits that can follow. Drawing upon her essay for the book Misty Keasler: Haunt, she brings her findings back to Misty Keasler’s photographs of haunted houses that are featured in the Modern’s special exhibition.

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A driving force behind this series, which depicts interior rooms and exterior scenes, is that the subject matter takes photography to the edge of where it fails as a medium. “Photographs,” Keasler explains, “are often used to document an experience, yet the experience of walking through a haunted house is completely lost in each of the still images. . . . The immersive experience just does not translate.” Andrea Karnes, “Fear Fantasy,” Misty Keasler: Haunt

Misty Keasler is a Dallas-based artist whose immersive photographic projects explore intriguing and probing subjects such as orphanages, Japanese love hotels, garbage dumps in developing countries, taxidermy, and her own familial roots. Her intense dedication to her subjects allows the viewer unprecedented access into worlds that would otherwise remain obscured. Featured in the Modern’s exhibition Haunt is Keasler’s most recent photographic exploration, commercial haunted houses throughout the United States.

For Tuesday Evenings, Keasler discusses the early work that defined her career, her dedication to long-term photo projects, and what attracted her to the subject matter found in Haunt and the means she employed to produce it. Keasler’s presentation promises to deliver great insight, serving as a preview to the special exhibition of her photographs that opens to the public September 23.

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Linda and Ed Blackburn have made art and managed their careers in Fort Worth for many years, becoming important fixtures in the North Texas art community. Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite is the Kay and Velma Kimbell Art History Chair at TCU and a significant fixture in the community in his own right. All three have a long and enduring relationship with the Modern. On this special evening, they open the fall 2017 Tuesday Evenings season with videos and images mapping a timeline of their involvement with the museum, along with a discussion of their work and experiences in art.

“Ed, Linda, and Mark’s Adventures at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth” promises to inform artists and art enthusiasts of all stripes about the adventures of three overlapping careers in art. It is a bit of history as it relates to the Modern, the region, and the art world at large, as well as a tale of what it means to endure and succeed in a field in which the parameters are what you make them. Their stories will serve to entertain and instruct. In the words of Ed Blackburn, this evening at the Modern will be “hopefully suitable for not only adults but children and pets.”*

*Please note: no pets

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