PTG: Abstraction since 1980

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Art in the 1970s: Through the Lens of Francesca Woodman, May 2012. Photo: Tanya Ahmed © SRGF

Lectures & Symposia

PTG: Abstraction since 1980

Friday, January 17, 2014 @ 2 pm

In a series of short talks and discussions, international scholars, curators, and artists address questions of painting and abstraction from the 1980s to the present. Presentations will be given by Suzanne Hudson, Mark Godfrey, and Katy Siegel, in addition to a conversation amongst distinguished curators, moderated by Guggenheim Senior Curator Jeffrey Weiss. The program concludes with an artist conversation featuring Laura Owens, Richard Prince, R.H. Quaytman, and Christopher Wool moderated by exhibition curator Katherine Brinson. An exhibition viewing follows.

Organized by Katherine Brinson and Suzanne Hudson.

This event is now sold out. Standby numbers are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 30 minutes before the event. Each person is given one number (good for one ticket), and may hold a number for one other person. After ticket-holders have been seated, numbers will be called in order and standby tickets will be sold as space allows.

Due to the duration of the program, audience capacity will be monitored throughout the event and standby tickets may continue to be sold as space allows until the Box Office closes at 6:30 pm. Please contact 212 423 3587 for more information.


2 pm, Introduction
Katherine Brinson

2:15 pm, "Fuck 'Em If They Can't Take a Joke"
Suzanne Hudson

2:45 pm, Conversation
Nicholas Cullinan, Ann Goldstein, Scott Rothkopf, Jeffrey Weiss (moderator)

Audience Q&A

3:45 pm, Break

4:00 pm, "Abstraction and Unknowability"
Mark Godfrey

4:30 pm, "The Bifurcation of Painting, or Process and Reality"
Katy Siegel

5:00 pm, Conversation
Mark Godfrey, Suzanne Hudson (moderator), Katy Siegel

Audience Q&A

5:45 pm, Coffee Break

6:15 pm, Conversation
Katherine Brinson (moderator), Laura Owens, Richard Prince, R. H. Quaytman, Christopher Wool

Audience Q&A

7:15 pm, Reception and exhibition viewing of Christopher Wool

Program is subject to change.


Katherine Brinson is Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and exhibition curator of Christopher Wool.

Nicholas Cullinan is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mark Godfrey is Curator of International Art at Tate Modern in London.

Ann Goldstein is former Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Suzanne Hudson is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Southern California.

Laura Owens (b. 1970, Euclid) lives and works in Los Angeles.

Richard Prince (b. 1949, Panama Canal Zone) lives and works in upstate New York.

R.H. Quaytman (b. 1961, Boston) lives and works in New York City.

Scott Rothkopf is Curator and Associate Director of Programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Katy Siegel is Professor of Art History at Hunter College and Chief Curator at Hunter College Galleries at City University New York (CUNY).

Jeffrey Weiss is Senior Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Christopher Wool (b. 1955, Chicago) lives and works in New York City and Marfa, Texas.