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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.