How did the 1960s pave the way for the art of today? Where is art headed and what ideas, technologies, and political and societal concerns are artists embracing?
Experience the unique ways four North Carolina art historians, curators, and professors explore the changing territory of contemporary art in this new lecture series.
Introduction by Weatherspoon Art Museum Director Nancy Doll and including guest lectures by: Jay Curley, Wake Forest University (April 5); Endia Beal, Winston-Salem State University (April 12); Joel Tauber, Wake Forest University (April 19); and Cary Levine, UNC Chapel Hill (April 26).
Registration for the lecture series Contemporary Art: Then + Now (April 5, 12, 19, 26) is available through the Triad Stage Box Office here. The series will be at the Weatherspoon Thursdays: April 5, 12, 19, 26, 7-8:30 pm.
$50 WAM Members; $65 Nonmembers
In person: Triad Stage, 232 South Elm Street, Greensboro, 27401.
Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon-6pm; Saturday, 2-6pm
By phone: 336-272-0160
All sales are final. No refunds. Registration for individual lectures is not available.
April 5: Jay Curley, AbEx to Post-Minimalism: The Rise of Postmodernism
Jay Curley, Associate Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art, Wake Forest University, sets the stage for this four-part series by focusing on the shift from the major movement of mid-century Abstract Expressionism to the Post-Minimalism of the 1970s. Dr. Curley teaches courses in twentieth and twenty-first century American and European art, as well as the history of photography. His research explores the ways that postwar art in both the United States and Europe intervenes into larger realms of visuality, the mass media, and politics, especially during the period of the Cold War. His new book, Art and the Global Cold War: A History will be published early next year.
April 12: Endia Beal, Looking Back to Look Forward
As director of Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University since 2014, Endia Beal is responsible for organizing exhibitions dedicated to the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora with special attention to African-American and regional art. Beal received her MFA degree in Photography from Yale School of Art and a BA in Art History and Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. In 2008, she received an ArtTable Fellowship, a national program designed to promote women in the visual arts. As a photographer, one of her first bodies of work as a graduate student explored the relationship of minority women within the corporate space. She regularly uses narratives and video testimonies to question conformity and gender norms within marginalized communities and individuals. Beal will explore the ways in which contemporary artists of color are intimately involved in the process of looking back, of remixing ideas and images, and of posing important questions about how history informs the present.
April 19: Joel Tauber, Conceptual Art, Performance, and Video
Joel Tauber is Associate Professor, Filmmaking and Video Art, Wake Forest University. As an artist and filmmaker, Joel raises discourse about ethics, the environment, and mysticism in poetic ways. He will discuss the conceptual artists, Bas Jan Ader, Mierle Ukeles, and Felix Gonzalez Torres, who influenced his own work and who resonate with other contemporary artists working within the realm of performance, film/video, social practice, and cultural activism. Tauber’s work has been presented in numerous film festivals, art galleries, and museums; including the Atlanta Film Festival (USA), the Adamski Gallery (Germany), and the De Appel Centre For Contemporary Art (Netherlands). His 33-minute film, art installation, and public art project, Sick-Amour, which celebrates a forlorn tree stuck in the middle of a giant parking lot, was shortlisted for a 2011 International Green Award (England). Tauber’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including National Public Radio (USA), Deutsche Welle / Deutschlandfunk Radio (Germany), and Swedish Television (Sweden).
April 26: Cary Levine, Neither Good nor Bad nor Neutral: Art and the Politics of Technology
Cary Levine is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and specializes in contemporary art. His 2013 book, Pay for Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, examines the work of three important Southern California artists. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Levine has written for magazines such as Art in America and BOMB, has published numerous exhibition essays, and worked in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Levine concludes this lecture series by discussing his current and timely research on the intersections of art, politics and technology.