Jarrett Earnest

The history of art has collapsed under the weight of the contemporary world. Artists and writers now must ask fundamental questions anew: “What defines art? What is the purpose of writing about it? And, facing our current tumultuous reality, why bother with art at all?” Jarrett Earnest

Jarrett Earnest is a New York-based artist and writer who has built a practice of engaging other artists and writers – important thinkers of our time – in compelling conversations on the discourse and status of art. For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, “Uninhabitable Art World: The Future’s Art and Criticism,” Earnest frames some problems facing the 21st century through short case studies on contemporary artists, setting the stage for an in-depth conversation with the audience about the meaning of art

Jarrett Earnest is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (2018), editor of Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Art Writings, 1988–2018 by Peter Schjeldahl (2019), and curator of The Young and Evil at David Zwirner, NY (2019). He was faculty liaison at the free experimental art school BHQFU (2014–17). His criticism and longform interviews have appeared in many books and exhibition catalogues, most recently Le Pelle: Luc Tuymans (Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 2019) and Willi Smith: Street Couture (Cooper Hewitt, New York, 2020). 

A video recording of this lectures will be available on the Modern's Youtube.

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