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Conversation: Lynda Benglis Modes of Making


Nasher Sculpture Center

Artist Lynda Benglis is situated among a generation of Post-Minimalist artists who rejected the pure formalism and objecthood of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism to focus on process, diversity of materials, and the creation of works that often reflected personal and social concerns. Professor Catherine Caesar and Curator Leigh Arnold will discuss Benglis’s strategies of making and her explorations into the various types of media and modes of display, including art journals, installations, and site-specific sculptures, to discuss the three bodies of work on view as part of Lynda Benglis.

Registration is FREE for Nasher Members and students; $10 for non-members (includes museum admission). In-person and open to the public. Advance registration required (limited seating available).   

About Catherine Caesar

Catherine Caesar has been teaching at the University of Dallas since 2003. Completing her doctorate from Emory University in 2005, Dr. Caesar's research in recent years has focused on the art of the 1960s and '70s, in particular currents in both feminist and conceptual art and specifically the work of Martha Rosler, Adrian Piper and Eleanor Antin. Her dissertation and her recent publication submissions have centered around the critic Lucy Lippard and the development of her notion of women's conceptualism in her writings and exhibitions. Recently, Dr. Caesar has been investigating the notion of "aerial art" and Robert Smithson's 1966 project for Dallas Fort Worth Regional Airport and women artists' use of journals and newspapers as exhibition spaces.

About Leigh Arnold

Leigh Arnold is Associate Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, where she curates temporary exhibitions and presentations of the permanent collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. In addition to Lynda Benglis, Arnold has  previously curated Elmgreen & Dragset: Sculptures, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of work by the artist duo, and Sightings: Anne Le Troter, the French sound artist’s first exhibition in North America and her first work in the English language. Arnold is currently working on a historical reinterpretation of land art that focuses on women who were involved in the movement. She received her Ph.D from the University of Texas, Dallas in 2016, where she wrote on Robert Smithson’s unfinished projects in Texas.

 

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