Conversation with Frank Stella Moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Grove

March 26, 2015

Posted In: 2015 Featured Artists, Featured Artists


Frank Stella

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. The youngest artist ever to have a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970), Stella was the subject of a second survey there in 1987. More recently, major surveys of his work have taken place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2007) and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2012). He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in 2010. In the fall of 2015, a retrospective of Stella’s work will inaugurate the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and travel to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the de Young Museum, San Francisco in 2016. Frank Stella lives and works in New York.

Dr. Jeffrey Grove

Dr. Jeffrey Grove

Dr. Jeffrey Grove is an independent curator located in New York, who, until May 2014 served as the Dallas Museum of Art’s first Senior Curator of Special Projects & Research. Grove is curator of the internationally acclaimed traveling exhibition Michaël Borremans: As Sweet As It Gets, featuring roughly 100 works by the contemporary Belgium artist, which recently opened at the Dallas Museum of Art, following venues at BOZAR, Brussels and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Grove was also co-curator for Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, the first U.S. comprehensive retrospective of American contemporary artist Jim Hodges, which premiered at the DMA in October 2013 and just concluded its four-city tour, and for the nationally touring Isa Genzken: Retrospective, which premiered at MoMA, NY, in November, 2013. During his tenure as the Museum’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Grove organized numerous exhibitions on the DMA’s renowned contemporary collection including Re-seeing the Contemporary (2010), Silence and Time (2011), Difference? (2012), and Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s-Present (2012). He also organized the first US museum exhibitions for artists Karla Black (2012) and Matt Connors and Fergus Feehily (2011).

From 2005-2009, Grove served as the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art, where he was responsible for the management of the contemporary collection and conceived the inaugural presentation of the Museum’s permanent holdings in its new Renzo Piano–designed expansion. From 2001 to 2004, as Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Grove directed the Museum’s post-1945 collection of painting and sculpture and oversaw the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarly publications. Previously, he was curator of The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and held several positions at the Akron Art Museum, from 1995 to 1999, culminating as Curator of Exhibitions.

Grove has developed numerous exhibitions and scholarly publications over the course of his career. He received critical acclaim for the exhibitions After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy (2008-2009) and Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited (2006-2007), both of which debuted at the High Museum. In addition to After 1968 and Morris Louis Now, other major exhibitions organized by Grove include Michaël Borremans: Drawings (2005-2006) at the Kunstmuseum Basel, MetaScape (2003) at Cleveland, and Liza Lou: Bead the World (2000) at the Akron Art Museum. He also organized the first solo museum exhibitions in the US for a number of then-emerging artists, including Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kelly McLane, and Aernout Mik.

Grove received a doctorate in art history from Case Western Reserve University (1999), a Master of Arts degree in art history and archaeology from the University of Missouri (1992), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in industrial design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1985). Grove is a recipient of the College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship Award and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities.


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