Moderated panel on Hebrew letters in visual art

On May 19, 2022, I moderated the online "Artist Panel: Working with Hebrew and Yiddish Type" for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The panelists -- Lynne Avadenka (MI), Gabriella Boros (IL), Noam Sienna (MI), and Shani Avni (NY) -- use various media including drawing, printing, and calligraphy, and I opened the event with an overview of some conceptual and historical frameworks. The panel was curated by Robyn Awend (MN) who also uses Hebrew letters in her artwork.

Article published on "Designing for a New Wilderness" at Harvard's GSD

On May 19, 2022, my article about three Spring 2022 courses dealing with the wilderness, at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, was published on the GSD website. “Redefining Wilderness: How Designers are Grappling with the Radical Interconnectedness of Nature and Culture” contains details about courses by professors Nina-Marie Lister, Chris Reed, and Abby Spinak.

Lecture on April 7: “New Angles on Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’”

Lecture on April 7: “New Angles on Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’”
On Thursday, April 7, 2022, during the annual exhibition of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, I gave an in-person lecture about new ways of viewing Picasso’s landmark painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. For more details, click <here>.

Core Program exhibition in Houston

Core Program exhibition in Houston
The 2022 Core Program Exhibition ran March 10 – April 22, 2022 in the Glassell School of Art, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I had two “Connecting the Dots” drawings in the group exhibition on the third floor, Sketches & Addenda. The base texts are book reviews of the most recent monograph on Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, the painting that is the topic of my ongoing research.

Article published on my corona-era drawings

Article published on my corona-era drawings
My article about the drawings I have been making during the pandemic, “Viral Drawings: Transmission BC / QT / AV,” was published 10/19/21 in VIS: Nordic Journal for Artistic Research. The theme of issue #6 is “Contagion” (guest editor: Anna Lindal), so I considered the drawings in terms of both physical and intellectual transmissions.

Article published on “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”

Article published on “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”
My article, “Books at the Borders of Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” was published in the journal Textual Cultures (vol. 14, no. 1, August 2021, pp. 147-73). This essay was originally accepted as a presentation for an annual Society for Textual Scholarship conference, which was due to happen at the University of Pennsylvania in March 2020, but which was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Artwork chosen for Jason McCoy Drawing Challenge XXII

Artwork chosen for Jason McCoy Drawing Challenge XXII
This drawing, “Untitled (Whispers)” (graphite and charcoal on paper, 28 x 22 inches), was chosen in May 2021 to be exhibited online by the Jason McCoy Gallery in Manhattan, in response to an excerpt from Joan Didion's Blue Nights (2011):  
“Time passes.
Memory fades, memory adjusts,
memory conforms to what we think we remember.”

Presented on Gertrude Stein at Society for Textual Scholarship annual conference

Presented on Gertrude Stein at Society for Textual Scholarship annual conference
I presented a short paper, “What If… Alternative Sources for Well-known Items by Gertrude Stein,” during a lightning round at the annual conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship. The panel took place online on May 22, 2021, and I offered new ways to account for “A rose is a rose...” as well as “I am I because my little dog knows me” and the conceptual framework behind The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

Drawings on exhibition at 203 Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico

Drawings on exhibition at 203 Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico
Five of my drawings are on exhibition in the Spring Exhibition at 203 Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico, through April 30, 2021.  The large drawing is a frottage of the mat that Agnes Martin used to stand on while painting, so it’s fitting that it is on view in the town where she lived during her last decades.  Walk-in hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-5pm, and appointments are also available on any day.  

Artwork chosen for Jason McCoy Drawing Challenge XIX

Artwork chosen for Jason McCoy Drawing Challenge XIX
My drawing, “Untitled (Cosmic Field)” (graphite and charcoal, 54 x 78 inches), was chosen in March 2021 to be exhibited online by the Jason McCoy Gallery in Manhattan, as a response to an excerpt from Amanda Gorman’s presidential inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb” (2021):  
“Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.”

Article won publication in French online journal

Article won publication in French online journal
My essay, “Inevitable Ecology: Antonio Rovaldi’s Metroclimate,” was one of a few articles selected for publication in the French online journal, Switch (on Paper), in a global contest for the members of the International Art Critics Association (AICA).  It was published on August 27, 2020.

Video presentation about my corona-era drawings

Video presentation about my corona-era drawings
A fifteen-minute presentation about drawings that I created during the pandemic, in response to world events and to my research about Picasso.  The presentation was part of the “Artist a Day series, created by Chris (Chia-Ling) Lee, which ran June 18–September 13, 2020.  The event took place on August 12, 2020, and the video includes the Q&A following my 10-minute presentation.

A “Field Study” drawing in small works show

A “Field Study” drawing in small works show
This drawing was chosen by artist-juror Power Boothe for the small works exhibition at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Connecticut, February 14 - March 7, 2020.  The opening reception was Friday, February 14.  The drawing is now in a private collection in Providence, Rhode Island.

“Out of Joint” solo exhibition in DC shows Off-Key drawings

“Out of Joint” solo exhibition in DC shows Off-Key drawings
My solo exhibition, Out of Joint, was recently at the Nano Gallery of the District of Columbia Arts Center, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. These small drawings pull and twist at the classic forms of the modernist grid. The opening reception was the evening of Thursday, December 12.  An artist’s talk / closing reception was on the last day: Sunday, February 23, 2020.