Join us for an opening discussion on the exhibition Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, featuring artists Miya Ando and Marilyn Minter in conversation with curator Joachim Pissarro. Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the complex and varied connections between crystal and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography. The conversation this evening will feature a special discussion around Minter and Ando’s work included in the exhibition, Crystal Swallow, 2006 (Minter) and Tides, 2011 (Ando).
Marilyn Minter’s work vividly explores the complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the female body in American culture, among other themes. Most often enamel on metal, the large-scale works capitalize on her photorealistic technique to critique the promise of perfection in fashion, exposing physical imperfections and the unabashed exploitation of women’s bodies as catalysts for consumerism. Using her fingers to soften and model the quick-drying enamel paint, Minter highlights the power and effect of these physical, material, and feminine talismans of beauty. Minter’s work has been featured in numerous group shows, most notably the 2006 Whitney Biennial, New York, which was hailed as her return to prominence.
Miya Ando is an American artist known for her metal paintings which encapsulate both ephemerality and permanence in their subtle, brilliant color gradients. Working across two and three dimensions, Ando’s oeuvre contains abstract painting and sculpture, including large-scale public art pieces, that reflect the transitory essence of life. Blending the natural with the industrial, Ando utilizes the enduring materiality of metal with evanescent scenes of the environment. Her self-developed process of painting into the surface of the aluminum creates tranquil, mutable scenes of the atmosphere, while her glass sculptures capture cloud formations through infinitesimal fractures within.
Joachim Pissarro is currently the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, CUNY/City University of New York. He was a Curator at MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture. His teaching and writing presently focus on the challenges facing art history due to the unprecedented proliferation of art works, images, and visual data. He co-authored a book on this topic with David Carrier, entitled Wild Art. In the same vein, he also taught a seminar on Michael Jackson: The Contemporary Representation of a Cultural Icon.
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