January 18, 2012

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA Education Programs at The Modern

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA
February 12-June 3, 2012
Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is the first comprehensive, midcareer retrospective of Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), widely regarded as one of the most important and influential American artists to have emerged in the past two decades. Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and curator Scott Rothkopf, in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition surveys 25 years of Ligon’s work, from his student days until the present. The exhibition features roughly 100 works, including paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, and sculptural installations, as well as the artist’s recent, striking neon reliefs. The retrospective also debuts previously unexhibited early works, which shed light on Ligon’s artistic origins, and for the first time reconstitutes major series within his work, such as the seminal Door paintings that launched his career.

This exhibition presents mature subject matter, including language, nudity, and sexual content.


Tuesday Evenings Lecture

February 7, 7 pm
Glenn Ligon, artist, with Scott Rothkopf, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

A Panel Discussion, Disidentification: Race, Sexuality and Contemporary Art

In conjunction with Glenn Ligon: America, a distinguished panel of scholars from various fields and art disciplines discuss ideas presented in José Esteban Muñoz’s 1999 book Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics, described by the University of Minnesota Press as “an important perspective on the ways outsiders negotiate mainstream culture.” As a member of the panel, Mr. Muñoz will share his personal insights and ideas along with fellow panelists: moderator, Noah Simblist, an artist and Southern Methodist University professor of art who recently co-curated Queer States at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas, Austin; Annette Lawrence, an internationally recognized artist based in North Texas and professor of art at University of North Texas; Roberto Tejada, a poet, critic, curator, editor, and Southern Methodist University’s Distinguished Endowed Chair in Art History; and Rose Pulliam of Allgo, a Texas support organization for queer people of color based in Austin.
Join us for this unique opportunity on May 1, 7 to 8:30 pm in the Modern’s auditorium. This program is free and open to the public, but tickets should be picked up at the information desk to assure seating.

Reading and Discussion

Sign up for one or all of the following discussions on literature relating to Glenn Ligon: AMERICA. This program is free and open to the public. To register, send an e-mail to education@themodern.org and include “Ligon Reading and Discussion” in the subject line. The books can be purchased at the Modern Shop and should be read before the meeting. Sign in at the information desk.
Thursdays, 7-8 pm
March 15-Yourself in the World: Selected Writings and Interviews by Glenn Ligon
April 19-Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
May 17-Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics by José Esteban Muñoz

A Day of Films in conjunction with Glenn Ligon: AMERICA

Join us for a special screening of Glenn Ligon’s video The Death of Tom (2008), an abstractionist recreation of the final scene in Edwin S. Porter’s 1903 silent movie Uncle Tom’s Cabin with a soundtrack by experimental jazz musician, pianist, and composer Jason Moran, followed by two films selected by the artist, Paris is Burning (1990) and My Brother’s Wedding (1983), with an introduction and enlightening commentary by the Modern’s curator, Andrea Karnes.
Saturday, March 24
11 am-The Death of Tom
1 pm-Paris is Burning
3 pm-My Brother’s Wedding

Sundays with the Modern Tours

Sundays with the Modern offers unique perspectives on the architecture, permanent collection and special exhibitions at the Modern as a variety of artists, art historians, critics, writers and architects hold conversations and lead tours in the museums galleries. The tours focusing on Glenn Ligon: AMERICA are on the following Sundays at 1 pm and are free to the public.
March 4 - David Willburn, artist and curator
April 1 - Thomas Feulmer, artist, curator, and director of educational programming, The Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas
May 6 - Wura-Natasha Ogunji, artist

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Major support for the exhibition is provided by the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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