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TUESDAY EVENINGS AT THE MODERN LECTURE SERIES Fall 2014 Schedule, plus Special Presentation

This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public each Tuesday from September 23 through November 18. Visit for more information on each talk.

Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Museum's auditorium. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250; a live broadcast of the presentations is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. Free admission tickets (limit two) are available at the Modern's information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. The museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesday evenings during the series (general admission applies). 

Café Modern serves cocktails, salads, and appetizers on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.   

Revisit the insightful lectures from Tuesday Evenings or discover new ways to look at works in the Museum's collection with the Modern Podcasts. Hear artists speak about their work, or listen to curators' perspectives and discussions. Visit or subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes or using the RSS feed in your preferred program.



September 23-Mark Thistlethwaite, Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History at TCU, directs a panel discussion with the Modern's Chief Curator Michael Auping, organizer of the exhibition Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s, along with Curator Andrea Karnes and Assistant Curator Alison Hearst, who also contributed essays to the catalogue.   

September 30-Allan McCollum, an artist featured in Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s, became well known in the late 1970s for his series Surrogate Paintings and continues to be recognized for utilizing methods of mass production as well as writing on art, interviewing artists, and occasionally collaborating with other artists.

October 7-Jenny Jaskey is director and curator of the Artist's Institute at Hunter College; co-editor of Realism Materialism Art, an upcoming publication on the "speculative turn" in philosophy and aesthetics; and contributor to various publications, including the Brooklyn Rail.

October 14-James Cutler, FAIA, founding partner of Cutler Anderson Architects, is known for his environmental and emotional sensitivity to place, institution, program, climate, and cultural circumstance.

October 21-Carlo McCormick, a culture critic and curator living in New York, is the author of numerous books, monographs, and catalogues on contemporary art and artists, including The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984.

October 28-Kenny Scharf, an artist featured in Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s, rose to prominence in the 1980s East Village art scene and was one of the first artists to inject elements of street culture into the mainstream of contemporary art. 

November 4-Fionn Meade is Senior Curator of Cross-Disciplinary Platforms and Acting Department Head of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center, serves as faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and the MFA program for Visual Arts at Columbia University, organizes extensive institutional and independent curatorial endeavors, and contributes to publications including Artforum, Bomb, Bidoun, The Fillip Review, Mousse, Modern Painters, Parkett, and Spike Art Quarterly, among others.  

November 11-Eric Fischl, a painter, sculptor, and printmaker featured in Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s, gained acclaim in the 1980s with large-scale paintings depicting middle-class American life with themes of adolescent sexuality and voyeurism.

November 18-Jules de Balincourt, the artist featured in FOCUS: Jules de Balincourt, works from the position of an outsider on paintings of American politics and marginalized communities, both utopian and dystopian, in compositions that explore the shifting relationship between representation and abstraction.



A Conversation with Julian Schnabel

November 6

7 pm Conversation; 8 pm Film screening

Museum auditorium, Tickets required 

Please join the Modern's Chief Curator Michael Auping and Texas Monthly film critic Christopher Kelly for a conversation with renowned artist and award-winning filmmaker Julian Schnabel.

A major Neo-Expressionist figure in New York in the 1980s known for his large-scale plate paintings, Schnabel's practice also includes sculpture, installation, writing, furniture design, and filmmaking. Auping has said, "Many of us that participated in the New York art world of the 1980s--the largeness of it, the ambitions--we think of Julian Schnabel." Schnabel's ambitious paintings from that decade play a central role in the Modern's special exhibition Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s.

Schnabel's critically acclaimed filmmaking career began in 1996 with Basquiat, a riveting examination of the tragically short life of his close friend, the late painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. In 2000, his film adaptation of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas's autobiography, Before Night Falls, earned Javier Bardem an Academy Award nomination for his powerful portrayal in the title role. For his 2007 film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Schnabel was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, received the Golden Globe, and was named Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. His most recent film, Miral, was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.

Schnabel will receive the Lone Star Film Society Achievement in Film Directing Award from the Lone Star Film Society during the Lone Star Film Festival on Friday, November 7.

Tickets for A Conversation with Julian Schnabel and screening of Before Night Falls are $20; $15 for Modern members; and $10 for Modern Reel People, Lone Star Film Society members, and Lone Star Film Festival pass holders. LSFF All Access pass holders are admitted free of charge, but must RSVP to Tickets may be purchased in advance at   or by calling the Lone Star Film Society at 817.924.6000.

Tickets will also be available for sale at the Modern beginning at 5 pm on November 6.



The Tuesday Evenings at the Modern lecture series is made possible in part by a grant from the Web Maddox Trust.