Michael Auping

  • January 1, 2012 3:45 PM


Michael Auping, chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, is known for his contributions and expertise in international developments in postwar art. Auping grew up in Los Angeles, California, and received his MA from California State University in Long Beach, both of which provided a unique perspective on art developments of the West Coast, where he cultivated the relationships and ideas that have informed his thirty-year career. For Tuesday Evenings, Auping presents Los Angeles: Light and Space at Land’s Edge, focusing on the unique qualities of light in Southern California and how those qualities have inspired painters, sculptors, and installation artists for decades. Stating, “What began as painterly replications of light—both abstract (Richard Diebenkorn and John McLaughlin) and representational (Ed Ruscha and Vija Celmins)—evolved into architectural investigations of the phenomenology of light (Robert Irwin, Maria Nordman, and Bruce Nauman).”

Pictured: Doug Wheeler, DW 68 VEN MCASD 11, 1968/2011. White UV neon light. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Philipp Scholz Rittermann

This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, scholars, and critics is free and open to the public. To assure seating, free admission tickets are available at the Modern’s admission desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250. A live broadcast of the lectures is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. Lectures begin at 7 pm. The Museum galleries and the café remain open until 7 pm on Tuesday evenings during the series.

Podcasts of these lectures are available here, two weeks after presentation date.

Tuesday Evenings Cocktails and Light Bites
Guests can enjoy refreshments from 5 to 7 pm in Café Modern before Tuesday Evenings lectures. Choose from Café Modern’s unique cocktail menu or distinctive wine list. Coffee, tea, and light snacks are also available.