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Gagosian Quarterly

March 17, 2021

In Conversation

Kevin Beasley, Alicia hall Moran, and Jason Moran

Artist Kevin Beasley, mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, and musician Jason Moran come together in conversation on the rich tradition of Black music. They discuss the role of sound in their respective practices, the Louis Armstrong archive, and strategies of accumulation in building on history.

This talk, held on Monday, February 22, 2021, at 1pm est, is part of an ongoing program of conversations and presentations with leading artists and cultural figures. Introduced by Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent.

Hank Willis Thomas and Chitose Abe

Fashion and Art: Hank Willis Thomas and Chitose Abe

Artist Hank Willis Thomas and Chitose Abe, the creative director and founder of Sacai, speak with the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier about their recent collaboration.

The Tribuna, c. 1560, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice. Photo: courtesy of Polo Museale del Veneto

Venetian Heritage

Venetian Heritage, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Venice’s cultural treasures, has pursued its mission for two decades. Here, the architect Peter Marino, the organization’s chairman, joins Toto Bergamo Rossi, director of the Venice office, to tell Gagosian director Jason Ysenburg about the history and future of the organization and its program for the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Titus Kaphar at NXTHVN, New Haven, Connecticut

NXTHVN

NXTHVN is a new national arts model that empowers emerging artists and curators of color through education and access. Through intergenerational mentorship, professional development, and cross-sector collaboration, NXTHVN accelerates professional careers in the arts. Join Titus Kaphar and Jason Price on a tour of the organization’s headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. They discuss the founding and vision for this singular arts space.

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York

The Kitchen: Fifty-Year Anniversary

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the trailblazing New York institution The Kitchen, we present an oral history that includes contributions from Laurie Anderson, Charles Atlas, Wade Guyton, Jacqueline Humphries, Joan Jonas, Ralph Lemon, and Anicka Yi. Statements organized by Christopher Bollen and Tim Griffin.

From left to right: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Elvira Dyangani Ose, and Sarah Cosulich

Leaders in the Arts: Italy Edition

We invited Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev to select two outstanding arts professionals to join her in a conversation about their career trajectories, current projects, and goals for the future.

Allen Midgette in front of the Chelsea Hotel, New York, 2000. Photo: Rita Barros

I’ll Be Your Mirror: Allen Midgette

Raymond Foye speaks with the actor who impersonated Andy Warhol during the great Warhol lecture hoax in the late 1960s. The two also discuss Midgette’s earlier film career in Italy and the difficulty of performing in a Warhol film.

Spencer Sweeney in his studio, New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

In Conversation
Spencer Sweeney and Edek Bartz

Curator and concert promoter Edek Bartz speaks with the artist about portraiture, album covers, and subverting expectations.

Andy Warhol catalogue. Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1965.

Book Corner
On Collecting with Norman Diekman

Rare-book expert Douglas Flamm speaks with designer Norman Diekman about his unique collection of books on art and architecture. Diekman describes his first plunge into book collecting, the history behind it, and the way his passion for collecting grew.

David Reed, #714, 2014–19, acrylic, oil, and alkyd on polyester.

David Reed

David Reed and Katharina Grosse met at Reed’s New York studio in the fall of 2019 to talk about his newest paintings, the temporal aspects of both artists’ practice, and some of their mutual inspirations.

Cuban dancers at the Palladium Ballroom, New York, 1954.

Overture: Ridding the Passing Moments of Their Fat

Art historian Robert Farris Thompson has maintained a passion for Afro-Cuban dance and music since experiencing, in 1944, a conga line in his hometown of El Paso. Here, he tracks the spiritual, linguistic, and musical roots of mambo.

Grace McCann Morley, c. 1950s.

Game Changer
Grace McCann Morley

Berit Potter pays homage to the ardent museum leader who transformed San Francisco’s relationship to modern art.

Kelly Reichardt.

The World According to Kelly Reichardt

Carlos Valladares writes on Kelly Reichardt’s films, exploring the director’s interest in subtle details and care for complex characters.