Featured Artists and Conversations

2020 Summer Series: Featured Artists and Conversations

Presenting Sponsor:
Toby Devan Lewis

This popular and thought-provoking program will be offered online this year, with all programs beginning at 4PM MST. Our exciting list of speakers and dates are listed below. These will be unique and dynamic virtual experiences – not just video conference meetings! With images, video and surprising guests within the framework you’ve looked forward to for the past decade.

Join us to explore the work of world-renowned artists and curators. Hear stimulating conversations with today’s most influential critics and collectors. Anderson Ranch’s popular Summer Series: Featured Artists and Conversations fosters a broader understanding of contemporary art and art making. Featured events include lectures, conversations, panels and Q&A formats.

*These guests are in conversation with Helen Molesworth, Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s Curator-in-Residence

Check out the artists from 2020 Summer Series below and download the program here.


Silke Otto-Knapp lives and works in Los Angeles where she is Professor for Painting and Drawing at UCLA.  Recent solo exhibitions of her work include “In the waiting room’ at the Renaissance Society in Chicago; ‘Bühnenbilder’ at Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; ‘Land lies in water’ at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; ‘Monday or Tuesday’ at Camden Arts Center, London; ‘Questions of Travel’ at Kunsthalle Vienna and Fogo Island Arts; ‘Geography and Plays’ at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.  She has taken part in the Liverpool Biennial in 2018 , Made in LA 2016 and the Istanbul Biennial in 2006 and exhibited her work in various museums both nationally and internationally. Silke is a member of the Advisory Board of Fogo Island Arts, a residency-based contemporary art venue on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, that supports research and production of new work for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers and thinkers from around the world.


Christina Quarles (b. 1985 Chicago, Illinois) received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 2016 and holds a BA from Hampshire College. She participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan in 2016 and the Fountainhead Residency in Miami in 2017. Quarles is the current subject of a solo exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield (October 19, 2019 – January 19, 2020). Forthcoming solo exhibitions of her work will take place at Pond Society, Shanghai (November 5, 2019 – January 15, 2020), marking the artist’s first solo presentation in China, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (April 4 – August 30, 2020). Past solo exhibitions by the artist have been held at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley (2018) and the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (2019). Her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions including Made in L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Fictions, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017); and Still Human, Rubell Family Collection Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami (2017). She has been the recipient of several awards and grants including the Pérez Art Museum Miami Pérez Prize (2019); Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant (2017); and the Robert Schoelkopf Fellowship at Yale University (2015). Work by the artist is held in the collections of national and international institutions including Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Girls’ Club, Fran & David Horvitz Collection, Ft. Lauderdale; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; KADIST, Paris and San Francisco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Rubell Family Collection Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami; Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka; Tate Modern, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Zabludowicz Collection, London. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Tavares Strachan’s artistic practice activates the intersections of art, science, and politics, offering us uniquely synthesized points of view on the cultural dynamics of scientific knowledge. He works in collaboration with organizations and institutions across disciplines, to promote a broader and more inclusive understanding of the work of both artists, scientists, and the systems and support networks that make their work possible. 

He is perhaps best known for his work The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want (Arctic Ice Project), 2004-06, in which he extracted a four and half ton block of arctic ice and shipped it to his birthplace in the Bahamas, where it was exhibited in a specially designed freezer chamber that was solar powered. The work plays with the notions of displacement and interdependency, which are central both to the ecological systems which maintain the relative heat and cold of equatorial and arctic environments, as well as the cultural realities which define themselves in relation to these environments. Moving between these environmental extremes points to their interdependency, but also to the precariousness of the human experiences which hang in the balance. 

Strachan was recently named artist in residence for Getty Research Institute’s 2019-20 Scholar Year, and the Allen Institute’s inaugural artist-in-residence in 2018, and has been the recipient of many grants including the 2014 LACMA Art + Technology Lab Artist Grant. Through this exciting collaboration, he has been working on a project with SpaceX to celebrate the forgotten story of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African American astronaut selected for any national space program.

For more information about the Summer Series, please call Molly O’Leary at 970/924-5056.

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2020 Summer Series Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:
Toby Devan Lewis

Additional Support Provided By:
Janice and Phil Beck
Rona and Jeffrey Citrin
Eleanore and Domenico De Sole
Sherry and Joe Felson
Sue Hostetler and William Wrigley, Jr.
Pamela Joseph and Robert Brinker
Ann and Tom Korologos
Judy and Robbie Mann
Allen and Kelli Questrom
Anne and Chris Reyes
Dorothy Wildman and Albert Sanford



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