Howard Rachofsky is an internationally renowned collector of contemporary art living in Dallas. He began collecting in the mid-1970s, and over the past three decades has amassed a world-class collection of paintings, sculpture, video, and installation art by many of the era's greatest artists, including Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, and Mark Rothko, among many others.

In 1996, Rachofsky opened a spacious, modernist house designed by renowned architect Richard Meier. This house, which the collector has opened to the public and for school tours, has been the focus for installing different aspects of the collection in unique ways. This fall, he will open another space (17,000 square feet) in Dallas for even larger and more ambitious installations. Rachofsky will talk about his collecting philosophy and his future plans for the collection.

 

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.

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, practices architecture in Fayetteville, Arkansas and serves as Distinguished Professor and Department Chair in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Recognized throughout his career with honors and awards, Blackwell received a 2012 AIA National Honor Award and the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a unique use of design strategies that draw upon vernaculars and contradictions of place to transgress conventional boundaries for architecture. Blackwell is here as the lead juror for the Fort Worth AIA annual Design Awards and to present Figures and Types for this Tuesday Evenings lecture.

 

Martin Gayford, the British critic, writer, and curator, is "the man in a blue scarf." As a prominent sitter for Freud and the subject of the painting Man in a Blue Scarf, 2004, Gayford wrote of his experience in the 2010 book Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud. For Tuesday Evenings at the Modern, Gayford shares what he observed throughout his extended sittings and the relationship that he inevitably developed with the artist. 

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.

Rosson Crow lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She was raised in North Dallas, attended the School of Visual Arts in New York for her undergraduate degree, then Yale University for her master's degree before settling in L.A. In 2009, Crow had her first solo exhibition in the United States here at the Modern, titled Focus: Rosson Crow, from which the museum acquired Sharp's Rifle Shop, 2009. First attracting attention as a graduate student at Yale making large-scale, edgy, irreverent, and raucous paintings, Crow has built a substantial international exhibition record including her 2009 exhibition Texas Crude at White Cube in London and, most recently, Ballyhoo Hullabaloo-Haboob at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles. For Tuesday Evenings, Rosson Crow shares thoughts on her work and career.

An internationally recognized photographer, Nicholas Nixon has helped shape the dialogue of photographic discourse for over four decades. His work gained broad attention when it was included in one of the most influential exhibitions of the 1970s, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape at the George Eastman House in 1975. His first solo museum exhibition in 1976 was curated by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

 

Nixon has explored a vast range of subject matter, including the changing urban landscape in and around Boston, as well as portraits of people who live there. His camera has captured intimate portraits of people in nursing homes, the blind, sick, and dying. He has also included his family in this revealing visual biography of people who have inspired him.

 

In 1975, Nixon began one of his most famous ongoing projects entitled The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts. The series consists of an annual portrait of his wife and her three sisters, consistently posed in the same left-to-right order. To date there are 38 portraits in all, tracking time through the faces of his family. The entire series of this critically acclaimed project is in the collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Nixon will discuss the development of this and other photographic projects with the Museum's Chief Curator, Michael Auping.

David Dawson, painter and longtime assistant and friend of Lucian Freud, shares personal insights and thoughts on his 20-year relationship with the brilliant and driven artist for this Tuesday Evenings at the Modern. Photographing Freud and his studio over the years, Dawson explained to the Guardian that his photographic documentation was an “honest record” of their relationship, commenting that working with Freud was “never a burden, but certainly a commitment.”

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.

Philip Van Keuren, professor of art and director of the Pollock Gallery for the Division of Art at SMU
Sundays with the Modern offers unique perspectives on Lucian Freud: Portraits, 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 the month.

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