Dialogue and Discourse

Decoration and Domesticity


Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Kelly Taxter, Associate Curator moderates a discussion with writer and critic Kirsty Bell and artists Tom Burr and Adam Putnam focusing on central themes in the exhibition Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine . . .

Presented in conjunction with NYCxDesign.

Kirsty Bell is a writer and critic living in Berlin. A contributing editor to frieze magazine, she writes regularly for publications including Art in America, art agenda and Mousse Magazine. She has published numerous monographic catalogue essays, most recently on Marc Camille Chaimowicz (Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover), Laura Owens (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), Magali Reus (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), Juliette Blightman (Kunsthalle Bern) and Günther Förg (Dallas Museum of Art). Her book “The Artist’s House: From Workplace to Artwork,” was published by Sternberg Press in 2013.
Tom Burr takes inspiration from Minimalism and Post-Minimalism—as well as from sculpture, design, and poetry—to create his own enigmatic output. He uses what he calls a “focused spectrum” of humble materials and found objects, including plywood, old blankets and t-shirts, radiators, doors, books, and bits of hardware. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, and New York's SculptureCenter. His work is in the collections of institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the New York Public Library, and the Baltimore Museum.
Wrestling with the body's relationship to light and space, Adam Putnam has engaged in mediums such as performance, drawing, and photography in his artwork. He toys with the idea of the physical self being one with architecture and the surrounding space and brings sexuality into his artwork through the blurring of these lines. This abstraction forces the body to become second to its environment and calls attention to the psychological depth of light and dark and their interplay with space.  His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and he is represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York.

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Installation View of Marc Camille Chaimowicz . . . Your Place or Mine. The Jewish Museum, New York. Photo by: Scott Rudd