Tuesday Evenings at the Modern presents Charlie Clarke Feb. 13 and Carroll Dunham Feb. 20

This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public each Tuesday from February 6 through April 10.

Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s auditorium. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250; a live broadcast of the presentations is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. A limited number of tickets (limit two per person) will be available for purchase ($5 each) from 10 am until 4 pm the day of the lecture online at www.themodern.org/programs/lectures. Free admission tickets (limit two per person) are available at the Modern’s information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. The museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series (general admission applies).

Café Modern serves cocktails and appetizers on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.
Revisit the insightful lectures from Tuesday Evenings or discover new ways to look at works in the Museum’s collection with the Modern Podcasts. Hear artists speak about their work, or listen to curators’ perspectives and discussions. Visit www.themodern.org/podcasts. Video recordings of the lectures are available on the Modern’s YouTube channel.

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February 13
Ron Mueck’s hyper-real sculptures of the human figure are tender portrayals of people in their most intimate, isolated and vulnerable moments. Manchester Art Gallery on the 2008 ARTIST ROOMS exhibition featuring the work of Ron Mueck
Charlie Clarke, Ron Mueck’s long-time exhibition manager, is in conversation with the Modern‘s Senior Curator, Andrea Karnes as they discuss the work and career of Ron Mueck, from his first acclaimed sculpture, Dead Dad, to his most recent installation of 100 giant skulls, Mass, with a particular focus on the works in the Modern‘s exhibition Ron MueckAfter gaining international attention with Dead Dad in the controversial and popular exhibition Sensation in 1997, Mueck’s first one-person show was at Anthony d’Offay Gallery in 1998. As stated for a recent exhibition at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Finland, “Mueck has since shown himself to be a major sculptor whose work elicits an immediate emotional response. . .. Mueck’s subject matter – for all its universality – is deeply private, concerning the unspoken thoughts and feelings of all human beings.”

For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, serving as a preview for the exhibition Ron Mueck, which opens February 16, Clarke relays stories of his experiences with the artist and sheds light on the processes and decisions that infuse Mueck’s extraordinary sculptures with an enduring quality that leaves viewers entranced.

February 20
 
Awareness can feel like a bright island in an ocean of namelessness. The unthought and the unseen wash the shores, leaching into the ground of the mind under sagging frames of reference. There is endless erosion of the coastline, a subversive give-and-take. Objects are soaked with feelings and their identities compromised. Abstractions are contaminated. 
“Land” in Land, ed. Carroll Dunham (New York: Nolan/Eckman Gallery, 1989). Reprinted in Into Words: The Selected Writings of Carroll Dunham
Carroll Dunham, an important New York-based artist working in painting, drawing, and printmaking, discusses his practice, from coming into his own in the late 1970s to his current contributions as a maker and a writer within the continuum of art. Known for a conceptual approach, which includes aspects of abstraction and representation, Dunham is admired, especially by fellow artists, for his authentic and unyielding pursuit of consequential artworks. The artist Paul Chan confirms this admiration in his Publisher’s Foreword for the recently released book Into Words: The Selected Writings of Carroll Dunham: “I have admired Carroll Dunham’s work for many years. I still remember vividly his painting in America Is Hard to See, the inaugural exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building in 2015. When I entered the room where it hung, I gasped. The painting was at once exuberant, provocative, and entrancing. It literally took my breath.”
This Tuesday Evenings presentation is a special opportunity to hear from one of contemporary art’s most imperative voices and gain insights into a career that developed through a sensitivity to the past, an astute awareness of the present, and a personal insistence on making what needs to be made.
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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
 
February 13
Charles Clarke, Ron Mueck’s long-time exhibition manager, is in conversation with the Modern’s Senior Curator, Andrea Karnes, as they discuss Mueck’s work and career.
February 20
Carroll Dunham, the renowned artist and writer represented in the Modern’s collection with the painting Horse and Rider (My X), 2013-15,and Studies for Horse and Rider (My X), 2012-15, presents ideas and works as they pertain to his artistic practice.
February 27
Artists Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher, from Houston, present their work of the last 20 years, discussing their various interests and inspirations and sharing their experiences as collaborators.
March 6
Artist William Cordova is in conversation with 2017 Marfa Contemporary Guest Director Kate Green and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Blanton Museum of Art Carter Foster concerning Cordova’s installation ankaylli: spatial and ideological terrain at Marfa Contemporary in their presentation “William Cordova: Frameworks.
March 20
Michael Lobel, art historian and Professor of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York, presents a new discovery concerning the Modern’s popular painting Mr. Bellamy, 1961, in his presentation “Pop and Its Sources: Reconsidering Roy Lichtenstein’s Mr. Bellamy.”
March 27
Kamrooz Aram, whose work is featured in the Modern’s exhibition FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram, presents his work, which is known for addressing issues of ornament and its complex relationship to modernist painting, exhibition design, and more.
April 3
Courtney J. Martin, Dia Art Foundation Deputy Director and Chief Curator, as well as the curator of Dia’s 2015 exhibition Robert Ryman, presents “Encounters with Space, Depth and Distance: Robert Ryman, circa 20thC.” 
April 10
Katherine Bradford,whose work was featured in the Modern’s exhibition FOCUS: Katherine Bradford, presents thoughts on her practice and the ideas and methods behind her brightly colored, exuberantly executed, and ominous paintings.


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