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Virtual | Curatorial Perspective: ‘Betye Saar: Call and Response’
January 14, 2021 | 12:00 pm
12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT
ArtTable’s Curatorial Perspective program series invites curators to present and discuss timely exhibitions and initiatives. Please join us for a discussion with Carol S. Eliel, Senior Curator of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Rachel Federman, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at The Morgan Library & Museum, about the exhibition, Betye Saar: Call and Response, currently on view at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
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About the Speakers
Rachel Federman is Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at The Morgan Library & Museum. Before joining The Morgan in 2016, she was Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA, where she helped organize the retrospective Bruce Conner: It’s All True. She also curated the museum’s inaugural galleries of California art. Since arriving at The Morgan, she has curated By Any Means: Contemporary Drawings from The Morgan (2019) and Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet (2019). She has published essays on Bruce Conner, Richard Diebenkorn, Paul McCarthy, Allen Ruppersberg, and Andy Warhol, among others. Rachel holds a PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
As Senior Curator of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carol S. Eliel is involved with exhibitions and acquisitions of historical and living artists. Current and upcoming projects include Betye Saar: Call and Response (at LACMA earlier this year, on view now at The Morgan and traveling through 2021), which looks at the arc of Saar’s career through the lens of her sketchbooks; and Light, Space, Surface: Southern California Art from LACMA’s Collection (2021-22, traveling), both with publications. The Saar catalogue received the 2020 Publication Award for Excellence by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC). She previously co-organized Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (2016-17) with the Guggenheim and the Art Institute of Chicago. Carol has recently spearheaded acquisitions by Betye Saar, Fred Eversley, Maren Hassinger, Mildred Howard, Lari Pittman, Alison Saar, and others. She conceived and produced the core twenty of LACMA’s Artists on Art series of short, web-based videos featuring artists speaking about a specific work in LACMA’s encyclopedic collections. She started at LACMA as a curatorial assistant, having received her BA from Yale and her MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. In 1999 Carol was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government. She served as President of the AAMC from 2011-2013 and was a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow in 2015.
Thank you to Annette Blaugrund, ArtTable Board President, for helping to make this program possible.
Image: Installation photograph, Betye Saar: Call and Response, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 22, 2019 – March 14, 2020, © Betye Saar, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
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