Phyllis Tuchman

  • March 31, 2020 7:00 PM


Smithson asks, “Has Passaic replaced Rome as the Eternal City? . . . In 1972, shortly before Smithson died, he would describe “The Monuments of Passaic” in terms of “Paterson.” “In a way, this article that I wrote on Passaic could be conceived of as a kind of appendix to William Carlos Williams’s poem ‘Paterson,’” he said. Robert Sullivan, “The Source of Robert Smithson’s Spiral,” New Yorker, June 18, 2014

Art historian and critic Phyllis Tuchman came up in the age of Abstract Expressionism, with acquaintances and mentors the likes of Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell. Embracing the art scene that followed, Tuchman has written on and interviewed many of the artists who have shaped our notions of art since. Having co-curated Robert Smithson’s New Jersey at the Montclair Art Museum (2014) and currently working on a Robert Smithson biography, This is the Land: The Life and Times of Robert Smithson, she has particular insight into one of the truly groundbreaking artists of the past century and that moment in art history marked by the innovations of Smithson and his community of artists. For Tuesday Evenings, Tuchman shares her findings in the presentation “A Robert Smithson Primer.” 

Image credit: Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt, Monuments of Passaic tour, January 6, 1968, with Claes and Patty Oldenburg, Allan Kaprow and Family. Photo: Nancy Holt

Tuesday Evenings at the Modern, a popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics, is free and open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth'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. A limited number of tickets (limit two per person) will be available for purchase ($5) from 10 am until 4 pm the day of the lecture online. Free admission tickets (limit two per person) 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 Tuesdays during the series (general admission applies).


Café Modern serves cocktails and appetizers until 6:45 pm on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.