Dan Cameron is a renowned contemporary art curator known for his enthusiasm and activism, having founded and currently serving as the Artistic Director of U.S. Biennial, which organizes the Prospect New Orleans biennial and related exhibitions. Prospect 1 was a post Katrina effort that received critical acclaim and notoriety for its quality and outreach and Prospect 2 is scheduled for fall 2011. Among other positions, Cameron served for eleven years as Senior Curator of the New Museum in New York, was the Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial and co-organizer of the 2006 Taipei Biennial, indicating the breadth and depth of his perspective and expectations of contemporary art. For Tuesday Evenings Cameron talks about how contemporary art can help restore a city's self-image following a major catastrophe, and in the case of a city as heavily dependent on tourism as New Orleans, provide an important economic boost through a cultural sector that has never been looked to in the past for economic development in his presentation Reclaiming a City through Art.
Simon Lee, a British artist living in Brooklyn, is known for his thoughtful presentations of light projection and the resulting narratives that grow from found imagery and common objects or occurrences in his stunning films, photographs, and performances. For Tuesday Evenings, Lee joins accomplished musician Algis Kizys for a screening of their recently produced Where is the Black Beast?, a spell-binding, episodic film based on CROW: The Life and Songs of the Crow, by poet Ted Hughe, as well as some of Lee’s other works and collaborations with Kizys. A 30-minute Q&A will follow the screenings and presentation, giving the audience an opportunity to inquire about the conceptual and practical processes that produced such compelling work.
Annie Cohen-Solal is the author of several books pertaining to culture and those who have played a role in forming it. Currently a professor at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris and Research Fellow at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Cohen-Solal came to New York as the Cultural Counselor to the French Embassy in the United States after her biography on the French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, Sartre: A Life, became an international best seller. An encounter with Leo Castelli prompted Cohen-Solal to shift her interest to the art world, resulting in Leo Castelli et Les Siens (Gallimard, Paris), a critically acclaimed book that went on to win the Artcurial Prize for contemporary books. The American version, Leo and His Circle was published in May 2010. The “acknowledged dean of contemporary art dealers,” as Castelli has been termed, and the author’s experiences that led to Leo & His Circle are the subject of this Tuesday Evening presentation.
Mary Ellen Carroll is a conceptual artist living and working in New York City and Houston, Texas, whose career, spanning more than 20 years, has focused on a single, fundamental question: What do we consider a work of art? The results are multifarious, provocative, and often wry outpourings in architecture, writing, performance, photography, filmmaking, printmaking, sculpture, and painting that interrogate the relationship between subjectivity, language, and power. Carroll teaches architecture at Rice University in Houston, where she has manifested what she terms her opus, prototype 180, a 10-year project that involves the revolution of a single-family home on its foundation, conceived as a way of making architecture perform. Carroll has received much recognition for her daring and compelling work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Pollack/Krasner Award, and most recently, the Artistic Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in Houston. For Tuesday Evenings, Mary Ellen Carroll presents Architecture is Not Art.
Kristen Morgin is an artist based in Los Angeles who is known for her incredible feats with fired and unfired clay in creating sculptures that conjure the past as they seemingly mimic a variety of enchanting, though a little worse-for-wear, memorabilia. L. A. Times art critic Christopher Knight comments, “Melancholy does not merely waft into the atmosphere from Kristen Morgin's elaborately crafted clay, wire, and wood sculptures. It pours forth in torrents, filling the gallery with sadness that it is palpable and almost unbearable.” Such responses have won Morgin inclusion in exhibitions such as the New Museum’s inaugural Unmonumental and Thing, an exhibition of the most innovative contemporary sculpture by 20 of Los Angeles’s up and coming young artists. For Tuesday Evenings, Morgin shares the thoughts and processes that guide her work.
Sterling Allen is an artist and cofounder of Okay Mountain gallery in Austin, Texas, whose own work is known for its humor and profundity. Allen has been recognized for his consumer conscious, found object-based drawings, sculptures, and installations. Awarded national and international residencies, Allen has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the 2010 International Artists in Residence in Argentina, Buenos Aires; the 2009 Artpace International Artist- In-Residence Program; and Nexus Texas, a 2007 group exhibition of 16 artists working in Texas at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. This Tuesday Evenings presentation offers insight into Allen’s practice as an artist while serving as a preview to the reinstallation of the Artpace exhibition Housing Edition, which opens March 5 and runs through April 24, 2011 at the Fort Worth Contemporary Art Gallery at Texas Christian University.
Dallas-based architect Brent Brown, AIA, has focused his efforts on bringing “design thinking” to all communities. The founding director of the building community WORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP), Brown has received a great deal of recognition for his socially conscious design concepts, including the 2007, 2008, and 2010 Awards for Excellence in Community Design and Sustainable Design by AIA/Dallas and most recently, the 2010 National AIA/HUD Secretary Award for Community-Informed Design by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with the American Institute for Architects for his Congo Street Green Initiative. In addition, Brown was named the Founding Director of Dallas City Design Studio and represented the Southwest region as part of the President's forum on Clean Energy and Public Health at the White House. For Tuesday Evenings, Brown presents Design Justice, discussing the responsibilities and opportunities for socially conscious architecture as illustrated in his own practice.
Artist John Beech, born in England and living in Brooklyn, is recognized for his wry Duchampian twist on the everyday, producing minimalist sculptures and images that combine humor and beauty in perfect union. Beech’s superbly crafted and appointed paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been described by Edward Albee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Beech’s collaborator for the 2007 book Obscure/Reveal, as “pure beauty.” Ken Johnson of the New York Times states that, “the absurdist conjunction of idealist abstraction and real-world function in Mr. Beech’s work is amusing; it also affords the deeper satisfaction of seeing Minimalism’s mandarin purity brought down to earth.”
Uta Barth is a photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Unlike traditional photography where the camera is used as a pointing device for selecting significant moments and places, Barth’s overriding interest is in perception—in vision itself. Her images share more with the work of Robert Irwin, John Cage, and Brian Eno than with the ideology of Walker Evans or Edward Weston. Barth’s is a serious and concentrated practice that has been rewarded with a great deal of critical acclaim and recognition, including a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship; the comprehensive survey Uta Barth, published by Phaidon Press as one of the publisher’s prestigious Contemporary Art Series; and most recently, the 2010 monograph Uta Barth: The Long Now. For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, the artist shares her work as it has developed over the past 20 years.
Spencer Finch has received critical acclaim for his work, which has been included in exhibitions spanning the globe, including an ongoing solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC; a 2007 solo exhibition, What Time Is It on the Sun at Mass MoCA in Massachusetts; As if the Sea Should Part and Show Another Sea, a 2009 solo exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia; and was included in Daniel Birnbaum’s Making Worlds exhibition for the 2009 Venice Biennale. For the biennale catalogue, Birnbaum explained, “Finch’s artworks attempt to re-create his subjective impressions and scientific observations of light and color. His works take many forms, but what unites them is an attempt to transpose culturally significant or privately important moments or sites to a gallery setting.” For Tuesday Evenings, Finch addresses color and his experience with it in Remarks on Color.