Robert Miller Gallery is pleased to present 62 Years Later: Gender Politics in the Arts a special panel discussion investigating gender politics within the art world 62 years after Lee Krasner’s first solo exhibition. Moderated by economist and founding President of Center for Talent Innovation Sylvia Ann Hewlett the panel features Lauren Flanigan, RoseLee Goldberg, Anne Pasternak, Laurie Simmons, and Heather Watts.
62 Years Later is organized on the occasion of the gallery’s current exhibition (Untitled) Hybrid, a reflection on the legacy of Lee Krasner’s contributions to contemporary artistic practices featuring work by Polly Apfelbaum, Alisa Baremboym, Sarah Cain, Leidy Churchman, Joanne Greenbaum, Julia Hechtman, and Dona Nelson curated by Boston University Art Gallery Director Kate McNamara.
In contemplation of Krasner’s struggles in becoming fully recognized as an important figure in the male-dominated Abstract Expressionist movement, this panel discussion will explore the ebb and flow of the art community’s dynamic relationship with gender.
Sylvia Ann Hewlett is president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, a nonprofit think tank where she chairs a Task Force focused on fully realizing the new streams of talent in the global marketplace. She is the author of 10 Harvard Business Review articles, 12 critically acclaimed nonfiction books including Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets and Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (Harvard Business Review Press, Sept. 2013), and is ranked #11 of the world’s top business thinkers. Her writings have been widely published and she’s a featured blogger on HBR.org. A Kennedy Scholar and graduate of Cambridge University, she earned her PhD in economics at London University.
Lauren Flanigan is an American operatic soprano who has had an active international career since the 1980s. Named by TIME Magazine as "the thinking man's diva" and awarded by ACSAP and the Center for Contemporary Opera for her commitment to performing the works of living composers, Flanigan has firmly established herself as a unique musical presence in the world today. She has been featured on the Live from the Met telecast of I Lombardi (opposite Luciano Pavarotti) and the Live from Lincoln Center telecasts of The Richard Tucker Gala, Lizzie Borden, and Central Park, which was written for her. She has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses including La Scala, Teatro San Carlo, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. Last year Flanigan was given a prestigious yearlong creative residency at The Park Avenue Armory, during which she founded the group Not Your Mothers Kurt Weill Ensemble and was given 25 Weill songs cut from movies and shows to arrange and perform. Two of those programs called Unknown/Unsung: The Music of Kurt Weill are regularly performed to sold out houses at The Neue Galerie. Flanigan is also the founder and the director of Music and Mentoring House, a not-for-profit organization providing upscale affordable housing and hands on mentoring to students studying in the arts in NYC. Most recently, Flanigan was selected to be part of a world premiere performance of Beauty Intolerable, a collection of love songs composed by Sheila Silver based on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, co-presented by American Opera Projects, The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society, ClaverackLanding, and Symphony Space.
RoseLee Goldberg is Founding Director and Curator of Performa, the leading organization for the research, production and presentation of visual art performance, which launched the Performa biennial to great international acclaim in New York in 2005. Former director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London and curator at the Kitchen in New York, she pioneered the study of performance art with her book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present, first published in 1979 and available in 12 languages. Other books include Laurie Anderson, and Performance Since the 1960s. She is the recipient of the Agnes Gund ICI Curatorial Award, and is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters presented by the French government. She is Clinical Professor in Art History at New York University where she has taught since 1987.
Anne Pasternak, the President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, joined the organization in the fall of 1994, with the goal of presenting some of the most adventurous art in the public realm. Creative Time began commissioning innovative art in New York City in 1972, introducing millions of people every year to contemporary art while making sure it plays an active role in public life. Just a few years ago, Creative Time began working nationally making it the only national public arts organization with programs that have reached from New York to New Orleans, from Denver to Dallas, and from PA to LA. Renowned projects under her direction range from exhibitions and performances in the historic Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, sculptural installations in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall, sign paintings in Coney Island and skywriting over Manhattan to the Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated the former World Trade Center site six months after 9/11. She has worked closely with such artists as Doug Aitken, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Jenny Holzer, Gary Hume, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Neshat, Steve Powers, Cai Guo Qiang, and many more. In addition to her work at Creative Time, Pasternak curates independent exhibitions, consults on urban planning initiatives, and contributes essays to cultural publications. She lectures extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and she served as a guest critic at Yale University.
Laurie Simmons is an internationally recognized artist. Since the mid-70’s, Simmons has staged scenes for her camera with dolls, ventriloquist dummies, mannequins and occasionally people, to create images with intensely psychological subtexts. Her photographic based works are collected by many museums including in New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim as well as The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Walker Art Center and the Hara Museum, Tokyo. In 2006 she produced and directed her first film titled "The Music of Regret", starring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel and the Alvin Ailey 2 Dancers with cinematography by Ed Lachman. The film premiered at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has been screened at many international museums and film festivals including the Whitney Museum. Simmons was featured in Season 4 of the PBS series "Art 21: Art in the Twenty- First Century". Her most recent exhibitions were at Salon 94 Bowery, NYC, Wilkinson Gallery, London Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, The Gothenburg Museum in Sweden and Koyama Gallery in Tokyo. Her book titled “The Love Doll” was published last January. Simmons lives and works in New York City and Cornwall, Connecticut with her husband, the painter Carroll Dunham.
Heather Watts was born in Los Angeles, and was brought to New York to study at the School of American Ballet on a Ford Foundation scholarship. She was invited to join New York City Ballet by George Balanchine in 1970, and he promoted her to Principal Dancer in 1978. During her career at NYCB, Watts worked closely with Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, dancing leading roles in virtually all of the company's ballets, and both Balanchine and Robbins created roles especially for her. In addition to her career at NYCB she traveled extensively as a guest artist, and was an acclaimed international star. Since her retirement from the stage in a gala performance in 1995, Watts has been a contributing cultural editor at Vanity Fair magazine, has served as a panelist for the NEA, and serves on the Artists Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors. She taught academic courses in 2006 and 2007 on Balanchine’s life and work at Harvard University, and she received two Derek Bok awards for distinguished teaching. She was the Class of 1932 Visiting Lecturer in Dance at Princeton University for 2011-12, and also recently co-created a new seminar for the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd St Y. Among the many awards that Watts has received are the Jerome Robbins Award, the Dance Magazine Award, the Lions of the Performing Arts Award from the New York Public Library. In 2012, she received a Doctorate in Fine Arts honoris causa from Hunter College.