Amy Sillman: After Metamorphoses—Video Screening and Live Q&A

April 10, 2021
11 am (CDT)
In Conversation series, online

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Join artist Amy Sillman; Dr. Rebecca Sears, lecturer in the Department of Classics in Arts & Sciences; artist and composer Wibke Tiarks; and curator Meredith Malone as they discuss Sillman’s animated video After Metamorphoses (2015–16), the artist’s response to the Roman poet Ovid’s mythic tale of transformation, desire, and power. Sillman’s five-minute video will be screened in advance of the Q&A.

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About the speakers

Amy Sillman was born in Detroit in 1955 and earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York (1979) and her MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (1995). She has received numerous awards and grants, including the American Academy in Rome Residency, Rome (2014); the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2012); the Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship in the Visual Arts from the American Academy in Berlin (2009); and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2001). Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including at the Arts Club of Chicago; Camden Art Centre, London; the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Drawing Center, New York; Portikus, Frankfurt; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. Sillman’s first museum survey, Amy Sillman: one lump or two, premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, in 2013 and traveled to the Aspen Museum of Art and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. Recent group exhibitions include Painting 2.0, Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2015); The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2014). For the Museum of Modern Art’s reopening in fall 2019, Sillman curated the exhibition Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape. Sillman has also written frequently about painting for such publications as Texte zur Kunst, Artforum, and Frieze. Her newest book, Amy Sillman: Faux Pas, was published by After 8 Books in 2020. Sillman has been on faculty at Bard College in their MFA program and at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt. She lives and works in New York.

Rebecca A. Sears, PhD, is a lecturer in the Department of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include ancient music, papyrology, Latin poetry, particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and ancient magic. Sears is currently working on a textbook for the University of Michigan Press that will discuss important technical and cultural features of both Greek and Roman music, as well as the reception and reconstruction of ancient music. Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University, she taught at Tulane University, Wake Forest University, and the University of Michigan, where she earned her PhD in 2012. In addition to her love of Classical languages and cultures, Sears is a violinist who has performed in benefit concerts throughout New England.

Wibke Tiarks is a Berlin-based performer/composer/sound artist, whose musical origins spring from DIY rock bands and electronics. She has collaborated often with other artists and with filmmakers on scores and soundtracks, as well as pursuing her own independent work in the studio. She is currently finishing an MFA in music/sound at Bard College.

Image credit

Amy Sillman (American, b. 1955), still from After Metamorphoses (2015–16). Animated video, 5 min. Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.