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Whitney Museum of American Art | Art History from Home: Portable Landscapes
May 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This series of online talks by the Whitney’s Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows highlights works in the Museum’s collection and current exhibitions to illuminate critical topics in American art from 1900 to the present. During each thirty-minute session, participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat for a fifteen-minute Q&A following the talk. Sessions are available live only, Tuesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 12 pm, but topics and speakers do periodically repeat. Check back here for more sessions added regularly.
“I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me,” Joan Mitchell once said. What does it mean to say we carry landscapes with us, especially when they have otherwise been rendered remote? Inspired by works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Joan Mitchell, Ruth Asawa, and Janiva Ellis in the Whitney’s permanent collection, this session considers how art renders nature portable—by preserving, translating, and transporting it.
Grant Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of art history at the University of Southern California and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney. His dissertation, “Sheila Hicks: Weaving to the World,” traces the first critical history of the prolific American artist, weaver, and pioneer of global contemporary art. An active curator, critic, and writer, he has published work in Artforum, Frieze, The Brooklyn Rail, Garage, and Performa Magazine, where he was a writer-in-residence from 2012 to 2014.
Free with registration.
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