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In conjunction with the Robert Ryman exhibition, this two-part symposium brings together noted artists, critics, and scholars to discuss the legacy of Ryman’s oeuvre and radical materiality. The symposium begins at Dia:Beacon on March 12, 2016; the second installment takes place at Dia:Chelsea on May 21, 2016.
Speakers on May 21 will be Sandra Amann, Fernanda Gomes, Suzanne Hudson, and John Szwed. Moderated by Kirsten Swenson.
Sandra Amann is the coprincipal of Amann + Estabrook Conservation Associates, founded in New York in 1994 with a specialization in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings and objects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With six conservators, the lab is well known for its work with Abstract Expressionist, Color Field, Minimalist, and Pop art. The studio has benefitted from close relationships with leading artists and their estates. Since the early 1980s, Amann has worked closely with Robert Ryman considering both materials and aesthetics from a conservation perspective.
Fernanda Gomes was born in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, where she currently lives and works. She has participated in the Istanbul Biennial (2013), São Paulo Biennial (2012), and Rennes Biennial (2012). Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich (2015), Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2014), Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2013), Centre International de l’art et du paysage, Vassivière, France (2013), Museu da Cidade, Lisbon (2012), and Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (2011). Her work has been acquired by many museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Vancouver Art Gallery, Museu Serralves, Porto, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Tate Modern, London.
Suzanne Hudson is associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles. She writes on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on abstraction, painting, process, creativity, pedagogy, and American philosophy as it intersects with aesthetics and institutional discourses. She is cofounder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank and the Society of Contemporary Art Historians, an affiliate society of the College Art Association. Her work has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Art Journal, Flash Art, October, Parkett, and Texte our Kunst. She is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009), the coeditor of Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and the author of Painting Now (New York: Thames & Hudson, 2015). She is currently completing a book on Agnes Martin, forthcoming from Afterall.
Kirsten Swenson is the author of Irrational Judgments: Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and 1960s New York (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) and coeditor of Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (Oakland: University of California Press, 2015). Her writings on contemporary art history have appeared in the Art Journal, Art in America, and American Art, among other publications, and she was recipient of the 2011 Art Journal Award for her forum of essays on “Land Use in Contemporary Art.” Swenson is working on a new book on vernacular and visionary landscapes in conceptual art, as well as a research project on the conceptual painter Jennifer Bartlett for the Tate Modern, London. Swenson is on the editorial board of the Art Journal, and assumed the post of reviews editor in 2016. She is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
John Szwed is an anthropologist, musician, and writer who has taught African American studies, film studies, music, anthropology, and performance studies at New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Columbia University, where he was director of the Center for Jazz Studies from 2009–14. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation, and in 2005 was awarded a Grammy for Doctor Jazz, a book included with Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax (New York: Rounder, 2005). Szwed has published widely as a journalist. His books include Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra (New York: Pantheon, 1998), So What: The Life of Miles Davis (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002), Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World (New York: Viking, 2010), and Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth (New York: Viking, 2015). He is currently an adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University and is working on a book about the painter, filmmaker, and anthropologist, Harry Smith.