Kelly Baum and Randy Griffey, co-curators of the exhibit Alice Neel: People Come First, join Rail Editor-at-Large Jason Rosenfeld in conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Devin Goldring.
In this talk
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, Modern, and Contemporary Art Kelly Baum is co-curator of Alice Neel: People Come First, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through August 1, 2021. She has been a curator for twenty years at civic and university art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin; and the Princeton University Art Museum, where she was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art. Kelly has published widely and organized dozens of exhibitions, including Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017 with Katy Siegel in 2018, Nobody’s Property: Art, Land, Space 2000-2010, Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Untitled; and New Jersey as Non-Site.
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Randy Griffey is co-curator of Alice Neel: People Come First, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through August 1, 2021. Griffey has held curatorial positions at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. At the MET, Griffey organized Reimagining Modernism: 1900–1950, a comprehensive reinterpretation of the museum’s collections of European and American modern painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and design. He co-curated Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered. Among his publications are the article “Marsden Hartley’s Aryanism: Eugenics in a Finnish‐Yankee Sauna,” and the essay “Reconsidering ‘The Soil’: The Stieglitz Circle, Regionalism, and Cultural Eugenics in the 1920s.”
Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., has curated the exhibitions John Everett Millais (Tate Britain, Van Gogh Museum), Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde (Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and River Crossings (Olana and Cedar Grove, Hudson and Catskill, New York). He is a co-author of the monograph Cecily Brown (Phaidon, 2020), and a Senior Writer and Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
we’re fortunate to have
A writer from New Jersey, Devin Goldring received their BFA in Writing with a focus in Fiction from Pratt Institute in 2019. They currently attend Columbia University as an MFA student in Nonfiction Writing.
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