Fall 2009 Schedule

MSU-MAM and MSU-MFA: Art Talks

CO-SPONSORED BY

MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ART & DESIGN, MASTER OF FINE ARTS PROGRAM AND THE MONTHCLAIR ART MUSEUM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, ADMISSION TO THE LECTURE IS $10 FOR MAM MEMBERS, $15 FOR NON-MEMBERS AND FREE WITH MSU IDENTIFICATION.


NOVEMBER 5
MSU/MFA Art Talk University Hall 1070
6:30 DANA SCHUTZ: Painter.
Dana Schutz graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Columbia University. Her work is already included in all the major museums in North America and Europe, as well as in several important private collections. A number of her works are in the Saatchi Gallery and a large canvas titled "How we cured the plague, 2007" is currently on view in the permanent collection of the prestigious Mart Museum (Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Trento e Rovereto) in Italy. She exhibits at Zach Feuer Gallery in New York and her first European solo show, Self Eaters and the People Who Love Them, was in Paris's Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. Her bright, fantastical works have been compared to Currin, Goya, and Katz. Ms. Schutz lives in New York.


NOVEMBER 10
MSU/MAM: Art Talks Montclair Art Museum
7:00 BELIEF AND THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION
Panel discussion with artists Mierle Ukeles, Petah Coyne, Tim Rollins and Eleanor Heartney as moderator. Heartney, is contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress. She was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2008. She was also a recipient of the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992 and is a past and present Visiting Art Critic with Montclair State University’s MFA Program. Ms. Heartney will moderate the evening’s panel discussion. The panel will discuss the idea that, among the many shibboleths shattered by postmodernism is the notion that avant garde art has transcended religion. Art historians are increasingly focusing on spiritual subtexts and religious references in the works of modernist icons from Kandinsky, Joseph Stella and Barnett Newman to Andy Warhol, Robert Smithson, Sol Lewitt and Tony Smith. Meanwhile, contemporary artists and art critics are increasingly comfortable discussing art in relation to belief. This panel will involve a group of artists whose work is not necessarily identified with religion or belief, but whose work reflects in various ways their religious upbringing and traditions. The point here is not to see art as a form of proselytizing for any specific dogma, but rather to acknowledge how religious training and beliefs are essential elements in understanding the often apparently irreligious work of certain artists.


DECEMBER 3
MSU/MAM: Art Talks Montclair Art Museum
7:00 ELIZABETH PEYTON: Painter.
Elizabeth Peyton studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts. A mid-career exhibition of her work opened at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City in October 2008. The exhibition included her latest portraits, which revealed a greater emphasis on the psychology of the subject (such as Matthew Barney or John Giorno). The day following Barack Obama's election to the U.S. presidency, a new painting, created in August 2008, was added to the exhibition, representing Michelle Obama and her daughter at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The painting was commissioned by W magazine. Laura Hoptman, the curator of the New Museum show, decided that the portrait would only be put on view if Barack Obama won the 2008 election, as the New Museum is a non-partisan institution. Works by Elizabeth Peyton are now in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She is currently represented by Sadie Coles HQ in the UK.


The Montclair Art Museum is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, New Jersey. For further information contact MSU's MFA office, 973.655.4074 or the Montclair Art Museum at 973-746-5555

A FREE SHUTTLE BUS WILL LEAVE FROM THE MSU RED HAWK DECK BUS STOP AT 6:15 PM AND RETURN FROM THE MUSEUM AT 8:45