Helen Molesworth

Curator-in-Residence

Helen Molesworth is a curator and writer. Her major exhibitions include: One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art; Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957; Dance/Draw; This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s; Part Object Part Sculpture, and Work Ethic. She has organized monographic exhibitions of Moyra Davey, Noah Davis, Louise Lawler, Steve Locke, Anna Maria Maiolino, Josiah McElheny, Kerry James Marshall, Catherine Opie, Amy Sillman, and Luc Tuymans. She is the author of numerous catalogue essays and her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, and October. The recipient of the 2011 Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Award for Curatorial Excellence, she serves as the Curator-in-Residence for the Anderson Ranch in Aspen. She recently hosted a podcast series called “Recording Artists” with The Getty and is currently at work on a book about art, love, and freedom.

Helen's Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jul 12 - 13, 2021
10AM-3PM

Critical Dialog:
The Guerrilla Girls- Realization, Activation and Agitation

Helen Molesworth

Tuition $1,000
Code A0601-21

Join the Guerrilla Girls and Helen Molesworth in this energizing and thought-provoking seminar/workshop to consider the history of taking action through art and finding ways to translate your political agenda into a concise visual message. Participants will be led through an interactive dialog about feminism in art between the Guerrilla Girls and Helen Molesworth, and then will enter the Patton Print Shop to experiment with designing and printing a unique political poster in a single color screen print. Challenging topics are encouraged as well as an active voice! The Guerrilla Girls are feminist activist artists. They wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. Their anonymity keeps the focus on the issues, and away from themselves. They believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders. Recently they produced new street projects in London and 9 other UK cities, as well as museum projects at Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery, London; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Art Basel Hong Kong; and much more. Their new book The Art of Behaving Badly contains almost all the Guerrilla Girls‘ work 1985-today. Registration is required, please CLICK HERE to register.

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    INTENSIVES

    Multi-week programs designed for artists of varying skill levels to immerse themselves in the studio practice of their choice while working alongside established faculty.

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    Level IV

    Students have advanced skill and knowledge of painting and drawing. Students are highly motivated and self­-directed, have a minimum of five years experience in their field and have multiple portfolios of their artwork. Portfolio review is required for admittance to some Level IV classes.

Jul 19 - 23, 2021
9AM-5PM

Portraiture and Figuration

Catherine Opie, Christina Quarles, Helen Molesworth

Tuition $1,375
Code P0713-21

Engage in critical group dialogue and critiques to hone the fundamental aspects of your work and deepen your understanding of contemporary art practice. In this master workshop for advanced photographers and painters, students produce work at their own pace, pausing in the mornings for discussion with the instructors and peers. Topics are wide-ranging in both depth and breadth, including technique, concept, approach and context. Students are expected to work independently and to set their own studio goals for the week. The course strongly encourages a broad interpretation of painting and photography for this workshop, and welcomes artists working in installation and incorporating three-dimensional elements into their paintings. Please note: Instructors teach mornings only from 9AM – noon. Afternoons are dedicated to independent studio time. Portfolio Review Required: Thank you for your interest in our Level IV photography workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Since a portfolio review is required, the instructions on how to submit your portfolio are provided here. In order to conduct the required portfolio review, we will need to see digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) sent directly to Anderson Ranch Studio Coordinator, Esther Nooner, via email at enooner@andersonranch.org. Please include 10 images of 10 works. Additionally, please include an image identification list that includes: title, media, dimensions and year. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Lastly, please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. These materials must be submitted as a single PDF (less than 10 MB) to be considered. Please include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, Esther Nooner must receive portfolios by 5 PM MST Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. If you are accepted, a deposit of $500 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment. Please note, if we receive your materials after Feb. 5, you will be considered on a space-available basis. Thank you for your interest in our advanced photography workshops. Please feel free to contact Andrea Jenkins Wallace with any questions at awallace@andersonranch.org or 970/924-5044.

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    INTENSIVES

    Multi-week programs designed for artists of varying skill levels to immerse themselves in the studio practice of their choice while working alongside established faculty.

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    Level IV

    Students have advanced skill and knowledge of painting and drawing. Students are highly motivated and self­-directed, have a minimum of five years experience in their field and have multiple portfolios of their artwork. Portfolio review is required for admittance to some Level IV classes.

Jul 19 - 23, 2021
9AM-5PM

Portraiture and Figuration

Christina Quarles, Catherine Opie, Helen Molesworth

Tuition $1,375
Code D0707-21

Engage in critical group dialogue and critiques to hone the fundamental aspects of your work and deepen your understanding of contemporary art practice. In this master workshop for advanced painters and photographers, participants produce work at their own pace, pausing in the mornings for discussion with the instructors and peers. Topics for discussion are wide-ranging and in-depth with subjects including technique, concept, approach and context. Students work independently and set their own studio goals for the week. This course strongly encourages a broad interpretation of painting and photography and welcomes artists working in installation and/or incorporating three-dimensional elements. Please note: Instructors teach mornings only from 9am – noon. Afternoons are dedicated to independent studio time. Portfolio Review Required: Thank you for your interest in our Level IV painting workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Since a portfolio review is required, the instructions on how to submit your portfolio are provided here. In order to conduct the required portfolio review, we will need to see digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) sent directly to Anderson Ranch Studio Coordinator, Paul Keefe, via email at pkeefe@andersonranch.org. Please include 10 images of 10 works. Additionally, please include an image identification list that includes: title, media, dimensions and year. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Lastly, please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. These materials must be submitted as a single PDF (less than 10 MB) to be considered. Please include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, Paul Keefe must receive portfolios by 5 PM MST Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. If you are accepted, a deposit of $500 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment. Please note, if we receive your materials after Feb. 5, you will be considered on a space-available basis. Thank you for your interest in our advanced painting workshops. Please feel free to contact Liz Ferrill with any questions at lferrill@andersonranch.org or 970/924-5076.

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