Farnsworth talk: 'From Slab City to 10th Street: The View from New York'

Aug 10, 2019
Source: © 2019 Estate of Rudy Burckhardt/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York "Untitled" by Rudy Burckhardt.

ROCKLAND — On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a talk by author and curator Melissa Rachleff on the importance that the Tanager Gallery on New York City’s 10th Street had on many of the artists featured in the Farnsworth’s current exhibition, "Slab City Rendezvous." The lecture will take place in the museum’s auditorium from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Tanager’s made a commitment to furthering the careers of younger artists. Their carefully conceived exhibitions treated both abstract and figurative tendencies equally, and became a model for other artist-run galleries, including Red Grooms’s catalytic City Gallery and the Delancey Street Museum. Both of these expanded visual art into performance and poetry, supporting changes within figurative practices to a sensibility later termed "Pop" by critics. More broadly, Rachleff will explore how reconstructing artist networks, or conducting a “social art history,” opens the discipline to artists historically marginalized from common studies — most especially women and artists of color.

Rachleff is a clinical associate professor in the Visual Arts Administration Program at NYU: Steinhardt, where she concentrates on the nonprofit sector. In 2017 she curated "Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965" for NYU Grey Art Gallery and wrote/edited the accompanying book, among various other career contributions to the art world.

The fee for the program is $15 and $10 for Farnsworth Museum members, which includes the price of gallery admission. For more information or to register, please visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

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