National Council | Conversations | Lisa Yuskavage in Conversation with Helen Molesworth
June 2, 2020
Special Program, Exclusive to the National Council
On Thursday, June 11 at 4PM MST (6PM EST) Anderson Ranch Curator-in-Residence Helen Molesworth will be in conversation with artist Lisa Yuskavage. Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness is currently on view at the Aspen Art Museum through October 18, 2020. The solo exhibition is co-organized with The Baltimore Museum of Art where it will travel in 2021. The book Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness, with essays by Christopher Bedford, Helen Molesworth, and Heidi Zuckerman, as well as a conversation between Lisa Yuskavage and Mary Weatherford, will come out this summer.
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For more than thirty years, Lisa Yuskavage‘s highly original approach to figurative painting has challenged conventional understandings of the genre and influenced subsequent generations of artists. Her simultaneously bold, eccentric, exhibitionist, and introspective characters assume dual roles of subject and object, complicating the position of viewership. At times playful and harmonious, and at other times rueful and conflicted, these characters are cast within fantastical compositions in which realistic and abstract elements coexist and color determines meaning.
Born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Yuskavage received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in 1984 and her MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 1986. Since 2005, the artist’s work has been represented by David Zwirner. Babie Brood, Small paintings 1985-2018 and New Paintings, the two-part exhibition on view in 2018, marked her sixth gallery solo show.
In 2015, The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, presented Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood, a major solo exhibition spanning twenty-five years of the artist’s work. The show traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in 2016. Yuskavage’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2000); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2001); and the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2006); and The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2011).
Helen Molesworth is the Curator-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Prior to her work at the Ranch, she was the Chief Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles from 2014—2018. While at MOCA, she organized the large group show “One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art” and the critically acclaimed Kerry James Marshall and Anna Maria Maiolino exhibitions. From 2010—2014 she was the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, where she assembled exhibitions of artists Steve Locke, Catherine Opie, Josiah McElheny and Amy Sillman, and the group exhibitions “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933—1957”, “Dance/Draw”, and “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s”. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, and October. Molesworth has also been involved as faculty in the Ranch’s Critical Dialog program since 2017.