Featured Artists & Conversations
Explore the work of world-renowned artists and curators.
Enjoy stimulating conversations with today’s most influential critics and collectors.
Our 2015 Summer Series, Featured Artists & Conversations, is a highlight of Aspen/Snowmass’s summer season. The 8-week series fosters a broader understanding of contemporary art and art making. Featured events include lectures, conversations, seminars, panels and Q&A formats. Presentations are focused on artists’ work and topics relevant to the contemporary art community. Participants engage in roundtable discussions, interact with students and faculty, and attend receptions with supporters of the Ranch. Continuing Anderson Ranch’s long history as a catalyst for art making and critical dialogue, the Featured Artists & Conversations Summer Series welcomes over 1,500 attendees each year and has quickly become one of the Ranch’s most popular public programs.
All public programs are free and are held in Schermer Meeting Hall on the Anderson Ranch Arts Center campus. Presentations begin at 12:30 p.m., and seating is limited, so advanced registration is required.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 12:30PM
ENRIQUE MARTÍNEZ CELAYA
Enrique Martínez Celaya was trained as an artist as well as a physicist and currently works in painting, sculpture, photography and writing. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the State Hermitage Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig, Germany, among others. (Read more … )
THURSDAY, JULY 2, 12:30PM
HANK WILLIS THOMAS
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana Studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the International Center of Photography, Galerie Michel Rein in Paris, Studio Museum in Harlem, Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others. (Read more … )
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 12:30PM
Arlene Shechet is a New York-based sculptor. Her diverse body of work draws on balance, breath, humor and failure. Corporeal yet transcendent, her work explores the friction when categories start to slip, giving way to subliminal play.
Her work will be the subject of a 20-year survey show opening in June 2015 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, with an accompanying book co-published by DelMonico/Prestel. This summer Greg Miller/DAP will publish a book based on Shechet’s recent solo exhibition at the RISD Museum, Providence, RI. (Read more … )
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 12:30PM
with JENNIFER & DAVID STOCKMAN
moderated by WALTER ISAACSON
Jennifer Blei Stockman has spent the past 25 years in the non-profit world. Prior to that, she was a business executive and entrepreneur. Since 2005, she has been President of the Guggenheim museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice and soon-to-be Abu Dhabi. She was a founding member of the Museum’s Photography Committee and has chaired the annual gala for a decade. Stockman has been a passionate collector of contemporary art since 1990 and has served on committees at MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Aspen Art Museum and created the Bruce Museum Council in Greenwich, Conn. (Read more … )
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 12:30PM
with FRANK STELLA
moderated by DR. JEFFREY GROVE
Frank Stella was born in Malden, Mass. in 1936. He studied Painting at Princeton University, graduating with a degree in History. Upon exhibiting his Black Paintings in the seminal Sixteen Americans at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1959, Stella’s first solo exhibition took place at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York in 1960. Since then, the artist’s serial practice – comprising the Aluminum Paintings, Concentric Squares, Irregular Polygons, Polish Villages, Cones and Pillars and Moby Dick, among many others – has been presented globally at institutions and galleries alike. (Read more … )
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 4:00PM
NATIONAL COUNCIL SPECIAL EVENT
LISA PHILLIPS in conversation with
TREVOR PAGLEN & RYAN TRECARTIN
Lisa Phillips is the Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, and has been Director since 1999. The New Museum, founded in 1977, is the only museum in New York dedicated to international contemporary art and emerging ideas in culture.
During her tenure, she has tripled the size of the Museum, its Board, staff, budget and attendance. She conceived and realized a major expansion of the Museum’s first dedicated building, which opened on the Bowery in 2007 and was designed by leading architects SAANA who went on to win the Pritzker Prize.
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THURSDAY, JULY 23, 12:30PM
RYAN TRECARTIN &
Ryan Trecartin (born 1981, Webster, Texas) is an artist whose practice has been responsible for a range of work that proposes a fundamental shift in our understanding of culture, disposing of hierarchies that have worked to define position in culture, and offering in their place an ever-expanding set of possibilities from which to draw. (Read more … )
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 12:30PM
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minn. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art Center produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There. (Read more … )
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 12:30PM
with McARTHUR BINION
moderated by DENNIS SCHOLL
Born in Macon, Mississippi in 1946, McArthur Binion’s artistic practice spans over forty years. Growing up as a young African American man in rural America and later becoming immersed in the energetic, but predominantly white, Abstraction and Conceptualism scenes in 1970’s New York shaped Binion’s very particular visual language. Collaging personal imagery and materials with layers of waxy chromatic textures, themes of labor and a love of process have led to a multi-faceted practice that blends autobiography with form. Binion received his Bachelors of Art from Wayne State University and became the first African American to graduate from the Cranbrook Academy with a Master of Fine Arts. He has been a Professor of Art at Columbia College in Chicago since 1993. (Read more … )