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

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

Closed captioned

Join artist Amy Sillman; Rebecca Sears, lecturer in the Department of Classics in Arts & Sciences; and Meredith Malone, associate curator, as they discuss Sillman’s animated film After Metamorphosis (2015–16), the artist’s response to the Roman poet Ovid’s mythic tale of transformation, desire, and power. Sillman’s five-minute film will be screened in advance of the Q&A and will be available for viewing via the Museum’s website the week prior to the program.

The program will include live closed captions.

Free, but registration is required (link to come).

A recording of the program will become available on the Museum’s YouTube channel in the weeks following.

In Conversation

“In Conversation” is a series of live online talks with artists, art historians, and scholars, exploring the intersections of art, history, and contemporary life. Bring your own questions and insights to these lively discussions from wherever you are.

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.

Image credit

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