Pat Steir in Conversation with Mickalene Thomas
In honor of Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006), former Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Henry Ittleson Jr. Professor of Modern European Art at New York University, the Guggenheim is honored to host the artist Pat Steir in conversation with fellow artist Mickalene Thomas, for its Tenth Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture. The program is free and will be livestreamed on the Guggenheim’s YouTube channel. Register to receive a reminder to tune in. PAT STEIR is a revered artist whose career spans over five decades, and was among the first wave of women artists to gain prominence in the New York art world with her inclusion in the exhibition Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art in 1964. Known for her paintings that combine random pours with rigorously controlled brushwork, Steir’s work explores the poetic repercussions of gravity and nonintervention and the tangential coincidence with what Rosenblum referred to as the “abstract sublime.” Steir has had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including Pat Steir: Color Wheel, her largest painting installation to date, which opened at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., in October 2019. Steir’s work is held in numerous collections worldwide, including Musée du Louvre, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Tate Gallery, London; and the Guggenheim Museum, among others. She has been the recipient of several awards including two NEA grants, as well as a Guggenheim fellowship in 1982, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 1991. MICKALENE THOMAS is a distinguished, New York–based visual artist, filmmaker, and curator who works in various mediums. She is a recipient of the Yale School of Art Presidential Fellowship in Fine Arts (2020), Pauli Murray College Associate Fellow at Yale University (2020), Meyerhoff-Becker Biennial Commission at Baltimore Museum of Art (2019), United States Artists Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow (2015), and is an alumnus of the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in-Residency program (2003) and the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program in Giverny (2011). Thomas is a recipient of many awards and grants, among them are the Bronx Museum of the Arts Pathmakers Award (2019), Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013), Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award (2012), Timerhi Award for Leadership in the Arts (2010), Joan Mitchell Grant (2009), Pratt Institute Alumni Achievement Award (2009), and the Rema Hort Mann Grant (2007). She has been honored by a number of institutions and organizations including the Aperture Foundation, SFMoMA, MoMA PS1, and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum. Thomas has exhibited at prestigious institutions across North America, including the Brooklyn Museum; MoMA PS1, Queens; Seattle Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Baltimore Museum of Art; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; and Aspen Art Museum. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, Newark Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Hara Museum of Art, Rubell Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem, among other public and private institutions and collections. She is the co-founder of the Pratt>FORWARD Artist in the Market incubator for postgraduate students, and serves on the Board of the Trustees for the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA PS1. She received her MFA from Yale University, New Haven, and her BFA from Pratt Institute.
Art & Music
April 29, 2021