National Gallery of Art 2017 Winter Lecture Program Highlights Distinguished Artists, Scholars, and Curators

  • Alexander S.  C.  Rower, Alexander Calder's grandson and president, Calder Foundation, will discuss Calder Tower with Harry Cooper, curator and head, department of modern art, 2:00 p.m., February 26, National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium.  Installation view of Alexander Calder: A Survey in East Building, Tower 2 galleries.  Copyright © 2016 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    Alexander S. C. Rower, Alexander Calder's grandson and president, Calder Foundation, will discuss Calder Tower with Harry Cooper, curator and head, department of modern art, 2:00 p.m., February 26, National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium. Installation view of Alexander Calder: A Survey in East Building, Tower 2 galleries. Copyright © 2016 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    Photo by Rob Shelley. Photo Copyright © 2016 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Washington, DC—The 2017 winter lecture series at the National Gallery of Art will showcase a fresh new program of talks by distinguished artists, scholars, curators, and musicians. Highlights include Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, who will discuss and sign copies of the book The Landmarks of New York. Alexander S. C. Rower, Alexander Calder's grandson and president of the Calder Foundation, and Harry Cooper, National Gallery of Art curator and head of the department of modern art, will discuss the East Building's new tower gallery devoted to works by Alexander Calder.

Jason Moran, jazz pianist and artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will join pioneering performance and video artist Joan Jonas to discuss their Kennedy Center collaboration Jason + Joan: Reanimation with Lynne Cooke, senior curator, special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art.

Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, will present "Slipping into the World as Abstractions": Georgia O'Keeffe's Abstract Portraits, and James P. Anno, PhD candidate in the department of art history and archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, will present Apocalypse Now: Michelangelo's "Doni Tondo" and the End of the World, part of the Works in Progress series.

Douglas Crimp—art historian, critic, and Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and professor of visual and cultural studies, University of Rochester—will join National Gallery of Art senior curator Lynne Cooke for discussion and will sign copies of his recently published autobiography Before Pictures. As part of the Gallery's Conversations with Artists series, Theaster Gates, professor in the department of visual arts and director of arts and public life at the University of Chicago, will sit down with Sarah Newman, guest curator of In the Tower: Theaster Gates (on view in the East Building from March 5 through September 4, 2017).

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Italian painter and action and object artist, will deliver the 2017 Elson Lecture, which features distinguished contemporary artists who are represented in the Gallery's permanent collection. Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra, known for her unsentimental depictions of adolescents presented in large-format color prints, will deliver the 2017 Arnold Newman Lecture on Photography. The installation, Rineke Dijkstra, on view in the West Building Concourse Gallery through July 16, 2017, features four portraits of European youths and a self-portrait. The Arnold Newman Lecture Series on Photography provides a forum for leading photographers, primarily known for portraits, to discuss contemporary issues in the medium. Arnold Newman (1918–2006) is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th and 21st centuries, whose work changed portraiture.

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, inaugurated in 1949, were founded to bring to the people of the United States the best contemporary thought and scholarship in the fine arts. Alexander Nemerov, department chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University, will present the annual lecture series in six parts.In celebration of the exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, JosephMonroe Webb—international award-winning dancer, choreographer, actor, educator, poet, and founder and director of the American Embassy of Dance—will lecture on communication through dance movement and sound. The exhibition is on view in the West Building through March 5, 2017.

Alison Luchs, National Gallery of Art curator of early European sculpture, will present Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence: An Introduction to the Della Robbia Exhibition. Della Robbia: Sculpting in Color in Renaissance Florence will be on view in the West Garden Court February 5 through June 4, 2017, and features terracotta sculptures by three generations of the Della Robbia family.

Diane Waggoner, curator of nineteenth-century photographs, National Gallery of Art, will present the lecture East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography and sign the fully illustrated catalog after the lecture. The exhibition of 175 works, including daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, stereo cards, and albums, will be open to the public from March 12 through July 16, 2017. Zoë Samels, curatorial assistant, department of American and British paintings, National Gallery of Art, will present Monumental Ephemera: The 1939 Smithsonian Gallery of Art Competition, as part of the Works in Progress series.

Lectures are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place in the East Building Auditorium. Lectures marked with an asterisk (*) are part of the Works in Progress series, lunchtime lectures that highlight new research by Gallery staff, interns, fellows, and special guests. The 30-minute talks are followed by question-and-answer periods. The East Building of the National Gallery of Art is located at Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Please visit nga.gov/podcasts for lecture recordings.


Schedule of Lectures

January 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Douglas Crimp and Lynne Cooke on "Before Pictures"
Lynne Cooke, senior curator, special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art, in conversation with Douglas Crimp, art historian, critic, and Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and professor of visual and cultural studies, University of Rochester. A book signing of Before Pictures follows.

January 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Arnold Newman Lecture Series on Photography
Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, artist

The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation generously supported this series to make such conversations available to the public.

January 22 at 2:00 p.m.
"Slipping into the World as Abstractions": Georgia O'Keeffe's Abstract Portraits
Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art.

January 23* at 12:10 and 1:10 p.m.
Paper/Plates: Renaissance Prints and Ceramics at the National Gallery of Art
Jamie Gabbarelli, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art

January 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Freedom Sound/Do You Hear Me?
Joseph Monroe Webb, international award-winning dancer, choreographer, actor, educator, and poet; founder and director, American Embassy of Dance. Webb presents a lecture on communication through dance movement and sound, and an exploration of dance as a means of communication and a portal to freedom. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, on view in the West Building through March 5, 2017.

The presentation is supported in loving memory of Shirley Casstevens.

February 5 at 12:00 p.m.
Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence: An Introduction to the Della Robbia Exhibition
Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture and deputy head of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art.

February 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Jason + Joan: "Reanimation": Jason Moran and Joan Jonas in Conversation with Lynne Cooke
Lynne Cooke, senior curator, special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art; Joan Jonas, artist; and Jason Moran, pianist and artistic director for jazz, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This program is held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

February 26 at 12:00 p.m.
Conversations with Artists: Theaster Gates
Theaster Gates, artist, and Sarah Newman, guest curator of modern art, National Gallery of Art.

February 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Calder Tower
Alexander S. C. Rower, Calder's grandson and president, Calder Foundation, in conversation with Harry Cooper, curator and head, department of modern art, National Gallery of Art. This program is coordinated with the Calder Foundation.

March 1 at 3:00 p.m.
The Landmarks of New York
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, commissioner, American Battle Monuments Commission; chairperson, Historic Landmarks Preservation Center; commissioner, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; founder and chair, NYC Landmarks50 Alliance; chair, New York State Council on the Arts; and director, Trust for the National Mall. A book signing of The Landmarks of New York: An Illustrated Record of the City's Historic Buildings, 6th ed., follows.

March 2 at 3:30 p.m.
Elson Lecture Series
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Michelangelo Pistoletto, artist.

The Honorable and Mrs. Edward E. Elson generously endowed this series in 1992.

March 12 at 2:00 p.m.
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography
Diane Waggoner, curator of nineteenth-century photographs, National Gallery of Art. A signing of the exhibition catalog East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography follows.

March 13* at 12:10 and 1:10 p.m.
Apocalypse Now: Michelangelo's "Doni Tondo" and the End of the World
James P. Anno, PhD candidate, department of art history and archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis.

March 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Drawing the Line: The Early Work of Agnes Martin
Christina Rosenberger, art historian. A book signing of Drawing the Line: The Early Work of Agnes Martin follows.

March 20* at 12:10 and 1:10 p.m.
Monumental Ephemera: The 1939 Smithsonian Gallery of Art Competition
Zoë Samels, curatorial assistant, department of American and British paintings, National Gallery of Art.

March 26; April 2, 9, 23, 30; and May 7 at 2:00 p.m.
The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
The Forest: America in the 1830s
Alexander Nemerov, department chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University.

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