Sundays with the Modern offers unique perspectives on special exhibitions, with artists, curators, art historians, and writers holding conversations in the galleries. This special program is free and begins at 1 pm on the first Sunday of selected months.
Valerie Hegarty is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that often address themes of memory, place, and history. Her site-specific 2012 exhibition Alternative Histories, in which Hegarty “activated” the period rooms at the Brooklyn Museum, exemplifies her work. In an article on the show by Benjamin Sutton for Blouin Artinfo, the artist explained, “This is really setting a movie scene, the way you have to think about the framing in here, like framing a painting. I wanted it to be really painterly against all this formal stuff.” The exhibition’s curator, Eugenie Tsai, elaborated: “One of our great concerns is manifest destiny, so she’s referring to colonization, and the way that nature was destroyed through the building of towns, the settling of the land, and the displacement of indigenous people. And so in some ways she is showing revenge. I think it’s more a reference to nature displaced, and natural forces displaced.”
For Tuesday Evenings at the Modern, Valerie Hegarty shares her work and experiences in “Valerie Hegarty: Reverse Archeology, the Creation of Decay and Other Uncanny Transformations.”
Charles Gaines, a pioneer of conceptualism and a highly influential educator, is an established Los Angeles-based artist and longstanding professor at California Institute of the Arts. Celebrated for his photographs, drawings, and works on paper, Gaines investigates how rule-based procedures produce order and meaning. As described by the Hammer Museum in conjunction with the recent exhibition Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989, the artist’s early groundbreaking work “serves as a critical bridge between the first generation conceptualists of the 1960s and 1970s and those artists of later generations exploring the limits of subjectivity and language.” Currently represented in the 56th International Art Exhibition of this year’s Venice Biennale by Librettos, a new series that brings together the score of the opera La Vida Breve by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and a speech from 1964 by Black Panther Party member Stokely Carmichael, and Sound Text, a multipart series incorporating drawings on paper that lead to a performance by a seven-piece ensemble, Gaines continually produces ambitious and compelling work that is as challenging as it is inviting.
For this Tuesday Evenings lecture, artist Charles Gaines shares ideas that have informed his long and influential career.
Randy Brown, FAIA, is a recognized architect whose expertise falls into three types of projects: cultural, dwelling, and identity. Awarded sixteen AIA National Awards and regularly featured in major architecture journals and publications, the guiding principles and character of Randy Brown Architects are reflected in the firm’s inclusion in the 2012 publication by Damir Sinovcic, 50 US Architects: Residential + Planning, a curated collection of award-winning residential and master planning work from leading American designers whose meticulously detailed and site-specific projects focus on sustainability, technology, and the human spirit.
In conjunction with the 2015 Fort Worth AIA Design Awards, Brown presents the ideas and work of Randy Brown Architects, based in Omaha, Nebraska, and known for an approach to architecture that meshes modern design with an appreciation for the land and lifestyle of its region.
A video recording of this lectures will be available on the Modern's Youtube
Nicolas Bourriaud (b. 1965) is a French curator, writer, art critic, and author of theoretical essays on contemporary art. Bourriaud was the Gulbenkian curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, London, where he curated The Tate Triennial: Altermodern (2009). He co-founded and was co-director of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 1999 to 2006. He founded the contemporary art magazine Documents sur l'art, of which he was director from 1992 to 2000, and worked as a Parisian correspondent for Flash Art from 1987 to 1995. His writings have been translated into over 15 languages, and his publications include Radicant (Sternberg Press/Merve Verlag, New York/Berlin, 2009), Postproduction (Lukas & Sternberg, New York, 2002, English edition, Les presses du reel, Dijon, 2004, French edition), Formes de vie. L’art moderne et l’invention de soi (Editions Denoël, Paris, 1999), and Relational Aesthetics(Les presses du réel, 1998, French edition, English edition, 2002).
Bourriaud will be giving a lecture at the Modern on his recent work, Politics of the Anthropocene. Humans, Things and Reification in Contemporary Art.
“The Public Object: On Sculpture and Thingness in Public Space”
What makes an object a sculpture? What makes a thing recognizable as art? How does the public realm shape these questions differently than the white cube?
Andria Hickey is Curator at the Public Art Fund, where she has curated exhibitions throughout New York City with artists such as Danh Vō, Katharina Grosse, and Oscar Tuazon, as well as the group exhibitions Lightness of Being (2013), Configurations (2012–13), and A Promise Is a Cloud (2011–12). Her current group exhibition, Image Objects, explores the nature of public art in the digital age and is on view at City Hall Park until November 20. Prior to working for the Public Art Fund, Hickey was curator at Art in General, a nonprofit gallery in Lower Manhattan, and from 2007 to 2010 she was curatorial fellow in the department of visual arts at the Walker Art Center. In addition to operating through institutions and organizations, Hickey established herself early on as an independent curator and writer in Montreal and Newfoundland. She continues to pursue her personal interests through various independent endeavors, such as her recent group exhibition Objects Food Rooms at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York.
For Tuesday Evenings at the Modern, Andria Hickey expands upon her recent curatorial work to explore the shifting nature of the art object from the sanctioned art spaces of galleries and museums to the unyielding context of the public realm.
Sundays with the Modern offers unique perspectives on the Museum’s current exhibitions. Artists, art historians, critics, writers, and architects hold conversations and lead tours in the galleries. This special program is free and begins at 1 pm on the first Sunday of selected month
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a poet, sound artist, and author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her writing has appeared in acclaimed publications including LA Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Nocturnes, The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Journal of Pan African Studies, and Fence, and her interdisciplinary work has been featured at art institutions such as the Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, Yale University, CalArts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Reverse: Copenhagen International Poetry Festival, and the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Writer and activist Shannon Gibney has written, “LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’ work is polyphonic, cackling with energy, and impossible to categorize. She calls herself a writer, vocalist, and sound artist, but what she really is is an intercultural mestiza — at once an interloper and a translator, an authentic and an inauthentic voice of ‘the Other,’ occupying a space that most would recognize as peripheral, but is actually movement itself. Her work, spanning a range of histories and social locations, embodies multiple languages in an effort to communicate that what is known is always contested, and what is unknown may be of equal or even more importance.”
Having contributed her poem Son of a Negro Explorer (Not) at the North Pole (Colonel Platoff) to the catalogue accompanying Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs expands on her presentation delivered this June for the 16th Poesiefestival in Berlin.
Kehinde Wiley, the artist featured in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, is in conversation with the exhibition curator, Eugenie Tsai of the Brooklyn Museum, to open the fall 2015 Tuesday Evenings at the Modern. The New York Times referred to Wiley as “one of the most celebrated painters of his generation.” His large-scale canvases reiterate historical portraits by Old Master painters, but with contemporary black youth in place of the original subjects. Wiley has explained, “The stuff I do is a type of long-form autobiography, but the starting place is not me.” In the exhibition catalogue, Tsai describes the artist’s program of righting the absence of nonwhite faces in art-historical masterpieces as “using the power of images to remedy the historical invisibility of black men and women.” As the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum since 2007, Tsai has organized numerous exhibitions, with Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic receiving a great deal of critical acclaim.
This conversation between the artist Kehinde Wiley and curator Eugenie Tsai promises to offer enormous insight into an intriguing exhibition.
A video recording of this lectures will be available on the Modern's Youtube
Sundays with the Modern offers unique perspectives on the Museum’s current exhibitions. Artists, art historians, critics, writers, and architects hold conversations and lead tours in the galleries. This special program is free and begins at 1 pm on the first Sunday of selected months.