Sat 23 Mar 2019
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, City Hall Wing, Level B1
Registration required (Please register with the link below)
Join art historian and curator Lynn Zelevansky as she traces the meaning of Minimalism from its original association with a small group of mostly male artists who emerged in 1960s New York, to a descriptor for diverse artistic manifestations across the globe. This was accompanied by a shift from a Minimalism in which all meaning resided in the art object to a multivalent definition that embraces metaphor and turns the object into a vehicle for social action. Zelevansky will consider questions such as: Why were the formal aspects of Minimalism—reduced geometric form, repetition and modularity, systems for art making—so attractive to younger generations? And was Minimalism ever as philosophically monolithic or as exclusively American as it seemed at its inception?
*Light refreshments will be provided from 11am.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Lynn Zelevansky is an art historian, curator and writer living in New York. From 2009 to 2017, she served as the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art. There she co-curated Hélio Oiticica: To organize Delirium (2016) and Paul Thek: Diver (2010), and instituted a variety of new participatory and experimental programs. Among other important exhibitions and collection-based programs, she oversaw the successful 2013 Carnegie International. Previously, she was the Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head (contemporary art) at the Los Angeles County.
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.
MORE PROGRAMMES FROM THE SYMPOSIUM
- • Minimalism Symposium Day 1 | Keynote Lecture: Alexandra Munroe | Ecstatic Minimalism: Asian Influence on American Art of the 1960s
To learn more about the Minimalism Symposium, please click here.