Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, is hosting a symposium exploring new perspectives on the work of artist Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011). The event will take place at the Institute’s James B. Duke House (1 East 78th Street) on Friday afternoon, October 23, 2015, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
At 2:15, Professor Chave will speak on “Frankenthaler’s Fortunes,” and how social privilege may have affected her position—and self positioning—in the art world.
Co-organized by Robert Slifkin, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, and Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Art History, NYU, in partnership with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, this afternoon program will feature presentations by five leading scholars of postwar modern art.
Eric de Chassey (Director, Académie Française, Rome) will address Frankenthaler’s “Negotiations” between nature and abstraction and between process and gesture. Pepe Karmel will give a “Weather Report” on opticality and liquidity in the work of Frankenthaler and Gerhard Richter. Katy Siegel (Thaw Professor, Stony Brook University) will discuss “The heroine Paint,” and how decoration, feminism, and materiality have evolved in the years after Frankenthaler. Harry Cooper (Curator and Head of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) will serve as respondent.