Art Talks Series Hosts Jeff Koons

February 23, 2011--Renowned conceptual artist Jeff Koons will speak at the Montclair State University—Montclair Museum of Art (MSU-MAM) Art Talks series this spring.  

The series also features a panel discussion of contemporary artists entitled Uncommon Threads, which explores the crafts of knitting, crocheting, and lace-making.

Long a prominent figure in the art world known for his Neo-Pop or Post-Pop sculptures, Koons has been both praised and panned.  In 2008, his Balloon Flower (Magenta) sold for over $25 million, a world record for a living artist.  The artist divides his time between New York City and York, Pennsylvania, the city where he was born and spent his early years.

The Uncommon Threads panel discussion includes Lucky DeBellevue, Orly Genger, and Aric Obrosey, artists who share an interest in labor-intensive craft traditions.  The moderator is Matthew Nichols, visiting critic in residence at Montclair State University.  Nichols will lead a discussion of the panel members’ artistic similarities and differences.

The schedule is: Uncommon Threads panel discussion, March 29; and Jeff Koons, April 14.  The talks will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Montclair Museum of Art, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey.

Since its start in 2002, the lecture series has made a name for itself by attracting established stars from the art world.  “We aim for diversity, and by opening up the lecture series to the community, we also have the benefit of a larger audience and more visibility,” said Patricia Lay, professor in the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State and coordinator of the program, which is co-sponsored by her department and the Master of Fine Arts program.

Gary Schneider, MAM’s director of education, added, “We’re ecstatic about the upcoming program with the Uncommon Threads artists and we’re thrilled to be having Jeff Koons, who’s a true international star.”

Schneider said MAM’s partnership with the University enables “us to engage college-age audiences and makes it easier to attract top talent.”

A reception with the artists follows the talks, with refreshments available.  

The lectures are open to the public.  Admission is $10 for MAM members; $15 for non-members and free with Montclair State University identification.

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