A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #6)

What a week! I have watched and participated in so many online classes and lectures the past year, yet somehow I still continue to find programs that I did not know about until now.

Last week I came across a talk with Sheila Hicks. Little did I know this was Friedman Benda’s 100th Design in Dialogue talk! Design in Dialogue is an absolute treasure trove of recorded conversations to go back through.

Sheila Hicks was the highlight of my week. I vividly remember first seeing her work at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011. The retrospective Sheila Hicks: 50 Years was incredible and she has been my favorite textile artist ever since. Hicks is as charming and sassy as she is talented. There is nothing better than liking the artist as much as their art. I adored her. Below is a nice variety of Hicks’ work.

Below are two images I liked from the ongoing Art History from Home series that I watch twice a week through the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Robert Reed, Plum Nellie, Sea Stone, 1972
Acrylic and pencil on canvas
71 1/8 x 71 1/4 in
Whitney Museum of American Art
Norman Lewis, American Totem, 1960
OIl on canvas
73 1/2” x 44 7/8 in
Whitney Museum of American Art

The third lecture in Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center Norton Lecture series with Laurie Anderson was once again excellent. The recording of Rocks: Spending the War Without You will go live on April 28th for 24 hours if you would like to watch for yourself.

I had heard an interview this past July with Shawanda Corbett through the podcast talkART and found her to be super smart. I was intrigued with her tremendous success as a young artist. A Mississippi born performance artist and ceramic sculptor, Corbett was born with one arm and without legs. I got to see her interviewed last weekend by Kathy King through the Harvard Ceramics studio tour series I’m involved with, and was so happy to hear more from her. What a lovely, talented and inspiring person she is. Corbett will be having her first exhibition at Salon 94 in January 2022.

Shawanda Corbett, Neighborhood Garden, 2020
Abstract watercolors and ceramic vessels
Corvi-Mori in London

In May I will finally get to see the Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America show at the New Museum. In the meantime, I’m still hooked on the amazing artist talks they’ve been hosting. It was fascinating to listen to Rashid Johnson with Massimiliano Gioni this past week. I don’t think I’ve missed a talk yet. I cannot wait to see the show in person.

Rashid Johnson, Antoine’s Organ, 2016
Black steel, grow lights, plants, wood, shea butter, books, monitors, rugs, piano
189” x 338” x 126 3/4 in
New Museum

I probably should stop reading course catalogs, but I can’t help myself. I love the 92nd St Y and noticed, in their catalog, a course called “Designing Women: Female Jewelers Then and Now” being offered by the wonderful Bella Neyman. After two of the fours sessions, I am really enjoying learning the history of female jewelers and wishing the course ran longer than four weeks, even at 7:00 am PST. Jewelry is an extraordinary art form.

Julia Munson (Sherman) for Tiffany & Co, Brooch, c. 1910
Design No. 11413, Peridot, enamel, gold
Alma Pihl and Albert Holmstrom, The Mosaic Egg and Surprise, 1914
Gold, platinum, enamel, rose and brilliant diamonds, rubies, emerald, topaz, quartz, sapphires, garnets and moonstone
9.5 x 7.0 cm (egg)

I never really knew much about Faberge eggs. After seeing the image of the Mosaic Egg and Surprise, I did a bit more research. Here is a great video to watch regarding this egg. Wow!

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