Fri 22 Mar 2019
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, City Hall Wing, Level B1
Registration required (Please register with the link below)
Photo credit: David Heald
Asian art and philosophies have been one of the greatest inspirations for new forms of artistic expression in modern and contemporary art in America. They are also the least appreciated. In the Guggenheim’s award-winning show The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989, curator Alexandra Munroe explored how the art, literature, and philosophical systems of “the East” were reconstructed and transformed by American cultural and intellectual currents, influencing new visual and conceptual languages. Dr Munroe delves further in this keynote lecture, tracing New York and West Coast artistic developments of the 1960s and their relationship to Asian texts and practices from North Indian classical raga to Taoist metaphysics.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D. is a curator, Asia scholar and author focusing on art, culture and institutional global strategy. She is the Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation where she has led the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative since its founding in 2006. She has worked on over 40 exhibitions and is known for establishing international critical acclaim for artists including Cai Guo Qiang, Daido Moriyama, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Ufan, Mu Xin, and Yoko Ono, and historic avant-garde movements such as Gutai, Mono-ha, Japanese otaku culture, and Korean Tanseakwa. Her project Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky (1994) is recognised for initiating the field of postwar Japanese art history in the U.S. From 1998 to 2005, Munroe was Vice President of Japan Society in New York, and Director of its museum where she presented innovative shows of pre-modern art. Munroe was the lead curator of the Guggenheim’s exhibition, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, which The New York Times named among the Top 10 exhibitions of 2017.
ABOUT THE MINIMALISM SYMPOSIUM
Minimalism was one of the most influential movements of the 20th century, questioning the role of art amidst the radical social changes in the 1960s. In conjunction with special exhibition Minimalism: Space. Light. Object., this two-day symposium will delve into the Asian influences and enduring legacies of this movement that has been largely thought of as Euro-American.
The symposium is made possible with the support of U.S. Embassy Singapore.
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