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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NEW YORK | Artist Breakfast Series featuring Suzanne McClelland in conversation with Amy Smith-Stewart, curator, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Date(s): May 17, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM  EST - 10:00 AM  EST

artnet, Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway Fl. 26, New York, NY 10279

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Join ArtTable for our artist breakfast—intimate monthly breakfasts featuring leading artists in discussion with curators, academics, or critics. This month features artist Suzanne McClelland in conversation with Amy Smith-Stewart, curator, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. 

Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right, currently on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is
 McClelland’s first museum survey. Spanning twenty-five years, 
Just Left Feel Right f
ocuses on works from specific periods of her career that share a distinctive commonality, capturing the eruptive and disparate voices of a shifting American vernacular and its rippling effect on the way we communicate in our hyperkinetic time. 

McClelland is most widely known for her deft use of linguistics and her sensually textured surfaces. She mines the ways in which communities speak, collecting language and choosing words that trend,
are debated, heard on street corners, and absorbed from streaming news feeds; words that are rich in meaning, that reach and multiply, that drop in and out of everyday life. The words she selects hover between materials; letters press up against each other, run off the surface, join together, dissolve, loop, and collide into and onto themselves. Employing a wide range of materials, her compositions have a rhythm and beat as they perform, throb, and swagger, capturing the cadences of our speech, mimicking the physicality of how people express themselves. Pauses, utterances, and hysteria, the inflection of tone and the modulation of our tempo, bodily expressions and gesticulations, all are translated into painterly rhythmic compositions modeled after oratory repartee.

Since the late 1980s, Suzanne McClelland has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and abroad. Her practice includes both large-scale paintings and works on paper, often extracting from physical surroundings as well as from political and cultural sources and exploring the symbolic and material possibilities that reside within language. Her work has been the subject of solo presentations at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida, the Weatherspoon Art Gallery and is the subject of an exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art running through September 2017. Her paintings are held in numerous public collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum; the Yale University Art Gallery, the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. McClelland has twice participated in the Whitney Biennial, in 1993 and 2014.

In 2016 team gallery, Inc. Published "36-24-36", a monograph with text contribution by Thierry de Duve, distributed by D.A.P. McClelland is represented by Team Gallery, Inc. and her work can be seen at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.  
Currently, she teaches at the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia University. She has been a faculty member in the SVA MFA Fine Arts Program since 1997 and has been a member of the Board of Governors at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture since 1999. Awards include the Lab Grant Residency at Dieu Donné Papermill, Artist Residency Grant from Urban Glass, Nancy Graves Grant, American Academy of Arts and Letters, AWAW Award and PS1 Clocktower.

Amy Smith-Stewart is Curator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, and the founder of the eponymous nomadic curatorial project, previously located on the Lower East Side. She was formerly a Curator at MoMA PS1, a Curatorial Advisor for the Mary Boone Gallery, and the 2006–08 Guest Curator for the Peter Norton Collection. She has curated more than sixty exhibitions in museums and galleries. Exhibitions now on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum include Suzanne McClelland: Just Left Feel Right, a twenty-seven year survey (catalogue); Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past, a twenty-year survey (catalogue); Tony Matelli: Hera, a public art commission. Recent curated exhibitions at The Aldrich include David Brooks: Continuous Service Altered Daily, traveled to the Bemis Contemporary Arts Center, Omaha, Nebraska (catalogue); Virginia Overton, a series of site-specific commissions (catalogue); Ruth Root: Old, Odd and Oval, the artist’s first museum solo exhibition (publication); B. Wurtz: Four Collections, the artist’s first museum exhibition (publication); Jackie Winsor: With and Within, the artist’s first museum survey since 1997 (publication); Xaviera Simmons: Underscore, a site-specific commission of a large-scale performance alongside new and recent work (publication); and Mary Beth Edelson: Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972–2014), historic works from the 1970s alongside a new commission, among others. Other notable exhibitions include Civic Action at Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum (catalogue); Campaign at C24 Gallery (limited edition catalogue); Remember Who You Are at the Mary Boone Gallery, New York; Greater New York 2005 at MoMA PS1 (co-curator; catalogue); Day Labor at MoMA P.S.1; and Aleksandra Mir: The Big Umbrella (New York) at MoMA PS1. Upcoming exhibitions include Objects Like Us, curated with artist David Adamo, which will survey small objects that personify a condition of humanness, or offer a performative potentiality, more than fifty artists will be represented from distinctive periods of art history; Jessi Reaves: Kitchen on a Balcony, a site-specific project, and Sara Cwynar, her first solo museum exhibition in the US.

Thank you to Suzanne McClelland and Amy Smith-Stewart for their participation in this program.

Image: Suzanne McClelland, Just Left Feel Right (installation view), 2017. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Photo: Christopher E. Manning

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