POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--"In Real Trouble," will be the topic of artist, curator, and critic Robert Storr's lecture at Vassar College on Tuesday, May 4. Free and open to the public, the annual Claflin Lecture will begin at 6:00pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. (Note: this lecture was rescheduled from 10 February due to inclement weather.)
"'Realism' in all its forms has taken a beating over the past 30 years," noted Storr. "There is trouble on the Left from those for whom the Meta-Discourses of Representation, the Sign and the Simulacrum, obviate attention to perceived facts, and there is trouble on the Right from those who think 'the reality-based community' that hews to the principles of the enlightenment and of empiricism is a laughable anachronism." He will address the question: "What’s a sensuous body to do and what can an observational artist make?"
Storr has been a contributing editor at Art in America since 1981 and writes frequently for Artforum, Parkett, Art Press (Paris), and Frieze (London). He has written numerous catalogs, articles, and books, including Philip Guston (Abbeville, 1986), Chuck Close (with Lisa Lyons, Rizzoli, 1987), and the forthcoming Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois.
He is currently consulting curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Storr was the commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the first American invited to assume that position. He was appointed professor of painting/printmaking and dean of the Yale University School of Art in 2006.
While curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at New York's Museum of Modern Art from 1990-2002, Storr organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman, in addition to coordinating the Projects series from 1990 to 2000. In 2002 he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has also taught at the CUNY graduate center and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, New York Studio School, and Harvard University, and has been a frequent lecturer in this country and abroad.
Among his many honors, he has received a Penny McCall Foundation Grant for painting; a Norton Family Foundation Curator Grant; and honorary doctorates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maine College of Art; as well as awards from the American Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, a special AICA award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Art Criticism, an ICI Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, and the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History from the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. In 2000 the French Ministry of Culture presented him with the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
Storr received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1972 and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978.
This lecture, sponsored by the Art Department is presented under the auspices of the Agnes Rindge Claflin Lecture Series. Past speakers in the annual Claflin Lecture series include New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl; architect David Childs; art historians Thomas Crow, Stephen Murray, and Yoshiaki Shimizu; and artists Ellen Altfest, Marc Handleman, Joan Jonas, Ellen King, Karyn Olivier, Charles Simonds, Erica Svec, and Craig Taylor.
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