Carlo McCormick

  • October 21, 2014 7:00 PM

October 21Carlo McCormick, a culture critic and curator living in New York, is the author of numerous books, monographs, and catalogues on contemporary art and artists. He curated the exhibition The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984, which debuted at the Grey Art Gallery in New York in 2006 then embarked on a national tour, and contributed the essay “A Crack in Time” to the acclaimed catalogue The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984. Writing about art in the 1980s, first for the now-defunct East Village Eye and subsequently for Paper Magazine, where he is Senior Editor today, McCormick has a particularly fresh and informed take on art of the 1980s in New York. He writes, “Reactive and rambunctious, art in New York City during the 1980s responded to a series of failures -- the end of the modernist project, the disillusion of the American dream and the collapse of the city itself. In turns ecstatic, melancholic and extremely angry, New York’s downtown art scene spoke to new liberties and old restraints with a profound passion and poetics.”

Image: Richard Prince, Untitled (man’s hand with cigarette), 1980


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.

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.


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