Leidy Churchman

Leidy Churchman Reclining Buddha, 2020

Leidy Churchman
Reclining Buddha, 2020
Oil on linen in niche designed by the artist.
48 x 79 inches
Matthew Marks Gallery 

  • January 26, 2021 7:00 PM


7 to 8 pm

For this special Tuesday Evenings with the Modern online presentation, artist Leidy Churchman is in conversation with art critic, writer, and musician Johanna Fateman as they consider Churchman’s work featured in the Modern’s FOCUS: Leidy Churchman, on view January 22–March 21, 2021.

To be mindful online—in a culture where the internet is synonymous with distraction and compulsion, on a day when I refresh my feeds between every clause and tumble headlong down a YouTube chute—feels impossible, paradoxical. But the riddle of Churchman’s weird attentive practice, with its calm handling of both information and paint, does seem to open up space. While the internet has changed our experience of the world, it has not changed the nature of experience itself. Being online, Churchman reminds us, with a guileless rigor that Trungpa might call “directness and unselfconsciousness,” is actually just being. Johanna Fateman, “From iPhones to a mythic monkey kingdom: a show of paintings from the browser cache,” 4Columns, April 18, 2020, on Leidy Churchman: Earth Bound, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

As an onsite program, Tuesday Evenings at the Modern is on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being There: Tuesday Evenings with the Modern is a unique and relevant online alternative. This format will allow for a live experience, with questions and discussion following each presentation. Free registration will be available one week in advance.