Lisa Phillips in Conversation with Trevor Paglen and Ryan Trecartin

March 26, 2015

Posted In: 2015 Featured Artists, Featured Artists


Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips with photo credit

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. The Museum quickly became a catalyst for the transformation of the Bowery neighborhood, and inspired Phillips to found IDEAS CITY, an international program exploring the future of cities with culture as a driving force, as well as NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator for art, technology and design, set to launch later this summer in an adjoining building owned by the Museum.

Prior to arriving at the New Museum, Phillips was a curator at the Whitney Museum for two decades, where she organized six biennial exhibitions, several landmark thematic exhibitions including Image World: Art and Media Culture, Beat Culture and the New America, and The American Century, as well as the first museum exhibitions of Richard Prince, Terry Winters and Cindy Sherman. At the New Museum, Phillips has co-curated exhibitions of Carroll Dunham, Paul McCarthy and John Waters, and most recently, organized a major survey of the work of Chris Burden.

Phillips has served on the boards of several organizations and foundations, and most recently, as a Trustee of the American Association of Museum Directors, initiated a study on the gender compensation gap among its members.

Phillips has authored over twenty publications, has lectured extensively around the world, held several teaching posts including Visiting Critic at Yale University, and was named one of the “Top 40 New Yorkers” by Time Out and “Top 100 Businesswomen of the Year” by Crain’s.

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen They Watch the Moon, 2010 C-print 36 x 48 in. (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Trevor Paglen
They Watch the Moon, 2010
36 x 48 in. (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us.

Paglen’s visual work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Modern, London; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the 2009 Istanbul Biennial; the 2012 Liverpool Biennial, and numerous other solo and group exhibitions.

He is the author of five books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography and visuality. His most recent book, The Last Pictures, is a meditation on the intersections of deep-time, politics and art.

Paglen has received grants and awards from the Smithsonian, Art Matters, Artadia, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the LUMA Foundation, the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and the Aperture Foundation.

Paglen holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley.

Trevor Paglen lives and works in New York.

Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin, still from CENTER JENNY (2013, HD video, 53 minutes 15 seconds)

Ryan Trecartin, still from CENTER JENNY (2013, HD video, 53 minutes 15 seconds)

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.

His solo practice and his work with artist Lizzie Fitch have been the subject of several solo museum exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including Ryan Trecartin/Lizzie Fitch at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever at venues including MoMA PS1, Long Island City, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Istanbul Modern, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Power Plant, Toronto; Ryan Trecartin: I-Be Area, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus.

Trecartin’s work has been included in important group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2012), the New Museum Triennial in 2009:Younger Than Jesus, the 2006 Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, and USA Today at The Saatchi Gallery in London (2006).

Trecartin’s work is held in numerous prominent public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Fondazione Prada, Milan, the Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, New Art Trust, San Francisco, and the Zabludowicz Collection, London, among many others.

Trecartin is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery New York, Regen Projects Los Angeles, and Sprüth Magers. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


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