Artists and curators Kate Bonansinga, Douglas Dreishspoon, Jack Flam, Sam Gilliam, Alison de Lima Greene, Gary Tinterow, and Phyllis Tuchman join Rail publisher and artistic director Phong H. Bui for a panel discussion celebrating the life and work of art historian, critic, and curator Barbara Rose.
A curator of contemporary art responsible for conceptualizing and organizing dozens of exhibitions over the course of her career including Tania Candiani: Sounding Labor: Silent Bodies (2020), Unraveled: Challenging Textile Traditions (2016) (both at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati) and Staged Stories: 2009 Renwick Craft Invitational (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 2009). From 2004-2012 Bonansinga was founding director of Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Art at The University of Texas, El Paso where she curated many exhibitions, established an undergraduate minor in museum studies and taught courses in curatorial practice. Her experience there is the subject of her book Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border.
Art historian, curator and critic, Douglas Dreishpoon is currently Director of Catalogue Raisonné project at the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in New York City and Chief Curator Emeritus at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. His anthology of sculptors’ writings, Modern Sculpture: Artists in Their Own Words, part of the Documents of Twentieth-Century Art series, is forthcoming this fall from the University of California Press. Another publication, Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1988–2009, produced by Radius Books, is due out this May. Consulting Editor at the Rail, Dreishpoon holds a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Jack Flam is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dedalus Foundation and distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books, catalogues, and articles on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth-century European and American art, and on African art. He has organized exhibitions in major European and American museums and has lectured extensively at museums and universities throughout the world. He is the editor of Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, which was published by the University of California Press in 1996.
One of the great innovators in postwar American painting. He emerged from the Washington, D.C. scene in the mid 1960s with works that elaborated upon and disrupted the ethos of Color School painting. A series of formal breakthroughs resulted in his canonical Drape paintings, which expanded upon the tenets of Abstract Expressionism in entirely new ways. Suspending stretcherless lengths of painted canvas from the walls or ceilings, Gilliam transformed his medium and the contexts in which it was viewed. As an African-American artist in the nation’s capital at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, this was not merely an aesthetic proposition; it was a way of defining art’s role in a society undergoing dramatic change.
Curator of Contemporary Art & Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Before coming to Texas, Ms. Greene worked in the department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lectured at The Cooper Union. She graduated cum laude from Vassar College in 1974 and received her Master’s degree from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1981. Among her recent exhibitions are Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski and James Turrell: The Light Inside. A 2010 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, Ms. Greene also serves as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators and on the board of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Previously, he served as the Engelhard Chairman of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his tenure at The Metropolitan Museum, he has organized dozens of acclaimed exhibitions, accompanied by significant publications, many of which were mounted in collaboration with, and traveled to, major museums around the world. A number of these shows were among the best-attended exhibitions ever presented at the Metropolitan.
Critic and art historian Phyllis Tuchman teaches and writes about art, particularly sculpture. She has taught at Williams College, Hunter College, and the School of Visual Arts. She is currently writing a book on the life and times of Robert Smithson. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.