A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #5)

As I await my second vaccine, I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I have planned a trip to NYC in May to see my daughter, friends and family. I have a long list of art to see as well.

This week, I once again saw so many amazing art related things on line. I’m only sharing some, as it takes a surprising amount of time to report on them (and I have homework to finish from classes I’m taking). I also don’t want to overwhelm you, so below are some highlights.

Princeton University Art Museum
Top left is the original museum, middle is the current museum, and top right is the future museum to be finished in 2024

For a parent, part of the joy of having kids in college is not only seeing them in a wonderful learning environment but also having fun and interesting locations to visit. For me if there is good art to be found there, it is a real bonus. I scored with the four schools (college and grad school) my three kids have attended. My middle child went to Princeton, and I loved visiting the art museum every time I was there. The museum is packing up and storing their collection of over 53,000 pieces to build a new museum. I attended a Zoom meeting this week entitled, “How to Move a Museum: The Fine Art of Deinstallation”. It was fascinating, perhaps the best hour spent this week. Add a pandemic to the already laborious task, and it is no small feat to pack the contents of a museum safely and move it all into storage. I hope to follow along as they build the new museum.

There are ongoing lectures related to the Julie Mehretu show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and this week I got to watch Mehretu herself speak, as part of the museum’s Walter Annenberg Lecture. Mehretu is awesome, talented, and smart. I cannot wait to see the show in person in May. During the conversation there were images on a large screen behind her, not only of her own work, but work that she likes. Below are some of the ones I could figure out. I finally ordered the catalog as, apparently, the images are included, alongside the work from the show.

Alan Shield, Nina Got it for 100 Francs, 1971
Cotton yarn, acrylic paint, wood, metal, glass and plastic
Philip Guston, Moonlight, 1975
Oil on canvas
46” x 68 1/2 in
Yuko Nasaka, 1963
Synthetic paint, plaster and glue on cotton on board
91 by 91 cm
Yuko Nasaka, Untitled, 1964
Synthetic paint, plaster and glue on cotton, mounted on wooden board
135 x 135 cm
David Hammons, “Oh say can you see”, 2017

As part of the conversations surrounding the Grief and Grievance exhibition at the New Museum, Hank Willis Thomas was featured this week. I had recently seen two pieces, Turbulance and My Father Died for this Country Too/ I Am an American Also, at the Seattle Art Museum, so knew a bit about Thomas and his screenprints on retroreflective vinyl. I really enjoyed seeing how widely varied his work is. There are several public installations in New York and Philadelphia that I will certainly locate when I visit my kids. You should look him up, as his work is really good and thought provoking. Thomas showed the images below of his retroreflective work. I think this was my favorite.

An All Colored Cast, 2020
Hank Willis Thomas, An All Colored Cast, 2020

You can read a bit about Thomas and the images above here.

Because I can never get enough Judy Chicago, this week I viewed three on line art shows, “Mother Earth” and “Cohanim” with the Jessica Silverman Gallery, a wonderful video on YouTube “Judy Chicago: A Revolution in Print” presented by the Turner Carroll Gallery and “Chicago in Ink: An Autobiography” which is Salon 94’s online exhibition. The image below, which I had not seen before, was in the YouTube video.

Judy Chicago in her print studio

I have really been enjoying the bi-monthly lunchtime talks though The Warehouse, Dallas. This images below are by some of the artists discussed this week.

Anne Truitt, Pith, 1969
Acrylic on wood
85 1/2” x 18” x 18 in
Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, la fine di Dio (Spatial Concept, The End of God), 1964
Oil on canvas
70” x 48 1/2 “ x 1 1/2 in
The Rachofsky Collection
Katsumi Nakai, Hiraku, 1982-1985
Acrylic and oil on plywood
Closed: 63” x 29 1/2 in
The Rachofsky Collection

If you read my blog, you know I religiously follow a handful of artists. Beth Lo is one of them. Lucy Lacoste Gallery hosted a talk with Beth Lo and Jennifer Datchuk to discuss their show, “In the Year of Uncertainty”.

Beth Lo, To Go, China,USA
Lucy Lacoste Gallery
Beth Lo, Father-Daughter Dinner, 2021
3.75 “ x 9.75 “ x 5 in
Lucy Lacoste Gallery

The Broad Collection has been hosting instagram silent art tours twice a week from their collection. This week was Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. It’s such a quick fun way to see art, and feel like you are in their amazing museum.

Andy Warhol, Small Torn Campbell’s Soup Can (Pepper Pot), 1962
Casein, gold paint, and graphite on linen
The Broad
Roy LIchtenstein, Mirror #1, 1969
Oil and Magna on canvas
The Broad

The Patricia Sweetow Gallery presented “In Conversation – Jenni Sorkin & Julia Couzens”. I had not see Couzens’ work before and it was fun to see her show Stitch ‘n Bitch. Jenni Sorkin conducted one of the best interviews I’ve seen.

I have now watched two lectures with Syd Carpenter, and each time I listen to her my admiration grows. There is nothing like listening to someone so accomplished and bright to make oneself feel so inadequate, yet I still adore her. The Harvard artist studio visits series have been awesome.

Syd Carpenter, Deep Roots, 1991

I took the photo above out of my Shapes From Out of Nowhere exhibition catalog. I’m eager to see this in person at the Met Fifth.

Brooks Oliver is the cutest, and I love his work. I had the pleasure of seeing him demo his process through the Dallas Pottery Invitational show which opened this week. Buy his work here.

What an unusually brightly colored post this was. I will leave you with the beautiful Sheeler painting from the Whitney Museum of Art of American Art. I am still enjoying their online art programs.

Charles Sheeler, Interior, 1926
Oil and fabricated chalk on linen
Whitney Museum of American Art

Finally, and if you’ve made it this far, I’d love it if you’d follow me on my Woman Seeking Art instagram page @womanseekingart. I have been reading and learning a great deal about Surrealism. Each weekday I have been posting a new image from a different artist associated with the Surrealist Movement. I’ll do a full recap on this blog once I finish my research. I have gone down the Surrealism rabbit hole, and am really enjoying it.

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