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.
Image: Laurie Simmons, Pushing Lipstick (Spotlight), 1979. Cibachrome print, 5 ¾ x 8 ¾ inches. Courtesy of the Artist
This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public each Tuesday from September 4 through November 13, excluding September 18 and November 6. Visit www.themodern.org/programs/lectures for more information on each talk.
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.
(*The American Institute of Architecture lecture on October 23 will have an alternative schedule. A reception will be held in the Grand Lobby at 5:30 pm, the lecture begins at 6 pm, and award announcements are at 6:45 pm.)
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 at www.themodern.org/programs/lectures. 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 7 pm on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.
Revisit the insightful lectures from Tuesday Evenings or discover new ways to look at works in the Museum's collection with the Modern Podcasts. Hear artists speak about their work or listen to curators' perspectives and discussions at www.themodern.org/podcasts.