We are pleased to welcome author and curator Katy Siegel as part of the speaker series Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context presented by the University of Houston’s School of Art and Blaffer Art Museum. Till Now brings together leading voices in the field of contemporary art who investigate the idea of the contemporary as both a temporal and aesthetic framework to broaden a critical understanding about how we situate current artistic practice. The fall season of Till Now is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Time / Image, on view Sept. 26-Dec. 12 at Blaffer Art Museum.
About the speaker
Katy Siegel is the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University. Her books include “The Heroine Paint”: After Frankenthaler (Gagosian, 2015) and Since ’45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art (Reaktion, 2011). She is the author of numerous essays on modern and contemporary art, including recent writing on Wols, Georg Baselitz, Mark Bradford, Al Loving, Sharon Lockhart, and Frank Stella. Her exhibitions include High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975; Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971-1973; and The Matter That Surrounds Us: Wols and Charline von Heyl. She is the co-curator with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes of Postwar: Art Between the Atlantic and the Pacific, 1945-1965, opening at the Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2016.
About Time / Image
Time / Image is an international group exhibition investigating sustained artistic and cinematic engagements with questions of time, asking how, when, and why we can perceive time, and to what ends. Taking Gilles Deleuze’s term “the time-image” as an open provocation and philosophical framework, Time / Image features artworks and films that explore time as a political, historical, and cultural dimension that can be accessed and manipulated so that we might experience it differently. Time / Image features works by Siemon Allen, Matthew Buckingham, Allan deSouza, Andrea Geyer, Leslie Hewitt, Isaac Julien, Lorraine O’Grady, Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective, Ruth Robbins, and Gary Simmons.
The works in Time / Image interrogate the category of “the contemporary,” not as a simple designation for the new or current, but as a condition in which unexpected co-presences and new attachments can be forged. The artists gathered in the exhibition, catalog and related screenings suggest that we consider contemporaneity as a networked model and method for perceiving time rather than a bounded period in history.
About the Till Now speaker series
Though its use has become widespread, the term “contemporary” does not designate a specific style nor period; contemporary art can encompass a range of forms and theories extending from works produced today to those made fifty years ago. Does contemporary art continue modernism’s utopian dream, or does it depart from modern art in fundamental ways? How do we begin to characterize the art of our own time while simultaneously shaping its development?
This lecture series is held in the Fine Arts Building at the University of Houston campus (the same building as Blaffer Art Museum). All lectures are free and open to the public. Funding for this series is generously provided by an Innovation Grant from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center at the University of Houston.
IMAGE: Ruth Robbins, Detail of A Lexicon of Dusk, 2009–15. Postcards, shelving. 26 cards, each 6 x 3 ½ inches (15.2 x 8.9 cm) Courtesy of the artist