Integrating conceptual depth with a poetic formal sensibility, innovative technical processes and wry wit, Saban’s latest body of work examines the transition and contrasts between analog and digital worlds. Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Analia Saban: Punched Card, September 6–October 18, 2018

Analia Saban, born in Buenos Aires and based in Los Angeles, is the Modern’s third FOCUS artist for the 2018–2019 season. With her work represented in such significant collections as UCLA’s Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles; Centre Pompidou in Paris; and Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, Saban is recognized for her attention to issues of fragility, balance, technique, and experimentation. Her connection with mundane objects is at the forefront of her investigation of tangible materials and the metaphysical properties of artworks. Throughout the past decade, Saban has developed a dynamic practice that at once explores and subverts the fundamental elements of artmaking, blurring the lines between what constitutes painting, sculpture, and everyday object.

For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, Saban shares the development of her practice with particular consideration of her most recent work, shown last fall in the solo exhibition Punched Card at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, which sets up the works featured in FOCUS: Analia Saban, open to the public beginning March 30.

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Language has unmistakably made plain that memory is not an instrument for exploring the past, but rather a medium. It is the medium of that which is experienced, just as the earth is the medium in which ancient cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging. Walter Benjamin, “Excavation and Memory,” in Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings Volume 2, 1927–1934 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999)

Curator, writer, and artist Dr. Noah Simblist is joined by artist lauren woods as he leads a panel discussion titled “Reading Monuments: An Introduction” in conjunction with the national project Reading Monuments. Reading Monuments is a coalition of reading groups that explores the legacy and future of Confederate monuments in four significant southern US cities: Dallas/Fort Worth; Richmond, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Simblist serves as artistic director for this national initiative and woods is discussion leader for the program locally.

As an institutional site for Reading Monuments, the Modern is proud to collaborate with Simblist and woods in launching the 2019–2020 program with this special Tuesday Evenings presentation, in which Simblist and woods introduce the program and the DFW discussion group members while leading an engaging conversation about Confederate monuments between participants and the Tuesday Evenings audience.

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Standing at the water’s edge, I wonder if I might drown myself in my hypocrisy or whether the metaphorical kingdom of light has a place for even me. Have I placed my hat on so firmly that I do not realize it’s on backwards? I hesitate at the figurative border of nations and ideologies. To cross or not to cross? You cross and you’ve committed a crime. You don’t cross and you strengthen the system. And there lies the precipice. K. Yoland, excerpt from “Operation Tumbleweed,” Nasher Sculpture Center’s The Nasher, Fall 2018

K. Yoland, an artist currently living between the US and London, has come to be known for field-based, site-specific work that operates at the intersection of hybrid disciplines, incorporating the methodology and vocabulary of a documentary practice, fictional narratives, and political science. Embracing the absurd, the work often involves a variety of players enlisted in improvisation as well as choreography. Previous projects have included choreographing Danish dancers in a “war installation,” Olympic fencers on scaffolding, and working in 21 different day jobs in Paris in a durational look at community identity and alienation.

For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, Yoland is in conversation with Modern Curator of Education Terri Thornton as they consider the logistics, philosophical premise and form of such an ambitious and complex practice through two current projects: US/Mexico Border Project: Operation Tumbleweed, a multichannel video installation that chronicles the migration and movement of a kidnapped tumbleweed along the Mexican-American border; and Coastal Territory, for which Yoland works with the Department of Political Science and Department of Environmental Science at the University of West Florida.

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There is also something to be said for zooming out from the granular political immediacies and considering the bigger picture. . . . Liliana Porter’s El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves, Venecia 2017 (Man with Ax and Other Brief Situations, Venice 2017), for example, installed near the end of Arsenale, offers a panorama of miniature tableaux in which human life and labor are laid out in scenes that are at once touching, trivial, and sublime: A man smashes junk into tiny smithereens; a woman rakes a vast sweep of red particles; another sits alone knitting an ocean. Claire Bishop, “The Long View,” Artforum, September 2017

Argentina-born and New York–based artist Liliana Porter is known for her use of objects as protagonists in seemingly charming but often subversive works, from large sculptural installations to films. Affiliated with the pioneering wave of Latinx artists, Porter’s work was represented in the Pavilion of Time and Infinity, part of curator Christine Macel’s Viva Arte Viva exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and is included in the 2018 exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Hammer in Los Angeles, California.

With a particular interest in the subject of representation, Porter works across media producing “theatrical vignettes” that, as she explains, are “constructed as visual comments that speak of the human condition.” For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, Liliana Porter presents work from across her industrious career and ideas such as her interest in “the simultaneity of humor and distress, banality and possibility of meaning.

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Texts are a kind of abstraction. Brad Tucker as quoted in the press release for Temporary Relief at Inman Gallery, Houston, November 2, 2018-January 5, 2019

Brad Tucker is an Austin-based artist and musician known for his sly and unassuming sense of humor that results in playful and astute work that engages the viewer in what can seem to be an inside joke, to profound effect. The press release for his recent solo exhibition at Inman Gallery in Houston explains, “While this new body of work is infused with Tucker’s iconic humor, that humor is also weighted with a certain gravitas. . . . In many ways, the questions Tucker asks in Temporary Relief are about speed and how we make meaning from abstract things.”

For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, Tucker addresses the tentative association of his work to painting and sculpture and how the influence of musicmaking, and music performance, has permeated the objects he makes.

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"I'm not a storyteller, I'm an imagemaker. The story is made in the mind of the viewer." Dirk Braeckman

For this special presentation, Ghent-based artist Dirk Braeckman is in conversation with the Modern's associate curator Alison Hearst to offer a glimpse into the museum's exhibition FOCUS: Dirk Braeckman, which opens to the public January 26. Braeckman, who represented Belgium at the 57th Venice Biennale, is known for the quietude and stillness of his gray and enticingly obscure photographs that test the limits of photography. Over his three-decade career, Braeckman has exhibited extensively, with works in significant private and public collections across the globe. FOCUS: Dirk Braeckman is the artist's first solo exhibition in the United States.  

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Our so-called “pillow talk” is so much about what we do. Not the specifics of how we make our work or what happened in the studio today as much as what it’s like to move your work from your mind to the studio to the world and, like, what exactly are we doing being artists in the 21st century? Laurie Simmons, interview with Sheila Heti for Interview magazine, March 4, 2014

Artists Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham, both represented in the Modern’s collection, are in conversation for this extraordinary Tuesday Evenings presentation in conjunction with the museum’s survey Laurie Simmons: Big Camera Little Camera. Simmons and Dunham, two celebrated artists in today’s art world, discuss the role art plays in their life as wife and husband and how a life together informs their art. Having concurrent solo shows in New York last spring, Simmons at Salon 94 and Mary Boone Gallery and Dunham at Gladstone Gallery, the couple gave an extensive and enlightening interview for Artnet News in which Simmons recalls a lecture, similar to this one, eight years ago wherein the couple compared images from different stages of their work and, somewhat surprisingly, found just “how much of an unconscious dialogue there was…”

As Dunham lays out in his text for the Big Camera/Little Camera catalogue, “Laurie Simmons and I have been a couple for forty years, married for thirty-five. ‘Partners,’ the current term of art for such an arrangement, actually applies to us, as we have raised two children and conducted two separate but parallel art practices while both living and being together.” There is a lot of history and a lot to be learned from two artists who are gracious enough to share their work and experiences as independent artists who have made a special life together.

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The purpose for our architecture, as with the National Memorial, is always to offer a z-axis for one’s individual and social identity in time, and a sense of hope for our natural environment and community. BAU Butzer Architects and Urbanism

Architect and director of the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture Hans Butzer, AIA, in conjunction with Fort Worth AIA’s 2018 Design Awards, presents “Architecture Is a Social Act.”

Together with his wife and partner, Torrey, Hans Butzer is best known as the co-designer of the internationally acclaimed Oklahoma City National Memorial. The core intent of Butzer’s work is to foster community through architectural and urban space. The American Institute of Architects notes in their announcement of Butzer’s 2016 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award, “Butzer’s impact on Oklahoma City is profound, having designed the Oklahoma City National Memorial, and other landmark projects in his city like the Oklahoma City Skydance Bridge. Butzer is a gifted and accomplished architect who has built his career in Oklahoma City by dedicating himself to improving the built landscape and enriching the fundamental civic dignity of the city. He is a true citizen architect: a practitioner and educator that demonstrates throughout his work that architecture can enhance communities and cities.”  

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In this panel discussion, What Remains: The Legacy and Future of Confederate Monuments, curator, writer, and artist Dr. Noah Simblist and artist lauren woods converse with American historian Dr. Max Krochmal concerning the ways that communities tell the stories of our shared histories through art, scholarship, archives, and the built environment. A crucial element of the discussion is the yet unresolved issue of how we reconcile competing perspectives on the same moment in time, whether it is the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights era, or Black Lives Matter activism.

Dr. Noah Simblist’s work focuses on art and politics. He has contributed to publications including Art in AmericaArt JournalModern Painters, and Terremoto, and he is editing a book, to be published by University of Chicago Press, about Tania Bruguera’s The Francis Effect. In 2016, he was the co-curator and co-producer for New Cities Future Ruins, a convening that invited artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine and engage the extreme urbanism of America’s Western Sun Belt. He is also Chair of Painting + Printmaking and Associate Professor of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

lauren woods’s hybrid media projects in film, video and sound installations, public interventions, and site-specific work engage history as a lens through which to view the sociopolitical landscape of the present. Her 2013 work Drinking Fountain #1, a new media monument to the American civil rights movement, past and present activists/organizers, and the spirit of resistance, is located underneath the remnants of a rediscovered Jim Crow “White Only” sign in the Dallas County Records Building in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Max Krochmal is an American historian, associate professor of history, and chair of the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University. He won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner Award in 2017 and the Ramirez Family Award for Most Significant Scholarly Book from the Texas Institute of Letters for his book Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era. Krochmal is the founder and director of the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, a statewide collaborative research initiative and digital humanities website.

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The strange emotional pull in each picture comes from the artist’s obsessive need to make it. Calvin Tomkins, “A Doll’s House: Laurie Simmons’s Sense of Scale,” New Yorker, December 10, 2012

Artist Laurie Simmons discusses the making of the Modern’s major survey Big Camera/Little Camera with the exhibition’s curator, Modern Senior Curator Andrea Karnes. Simmons is a hands-on artist who has participated wholly with Karnes in presenting the most honest and compelling survey of a career possible. Karnes’s abiding interest in Simmons’s work is evident in this inquisitive and insightful exhibition that probes themes of gender and cultural expectations that, as presented here, are consistently relevant across time. As noted by Karnes in her catalogue essay, “Finding Jane,” “Examining key works over the span of Simmons’s career elucidates how photography became the ideal framework for her observations of archetypal Western gender roles—a topic as potent today as it was when she first began making art.”

This special presentation offers insight into Simmons’s work featured in the exhibition, her career, and the processes and premise of Big Camera/Little Camera as a collaborative effort between artist and curator.

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