Homage: Contemporary Artists in Conversation

Friday, May 12, 2017, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Free, registration required

Please join us for a roundtable discussion featuring Aldrich exhibiting artist Suzanne McClelland with artists Michael St. John and Erica Baum, moderated by writer and editor Faye Hirsch. Hirsch will open with an engaging dialogue about how visual artists look outward at, and delve into, the geographic and economic landscape as content for their work. The conversation will explore notions of homage, history, and voice in contemporary culture. A reception will immediately precede the program.

About the participants:

Suzanne McClelland received a BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor 1981. She moved to New York that year and later attended the School of Visual Arts MFA program, graduating in 1989. McClelland’s work can be found in numerous public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

To learn about Suzanne McClelland’s current Aldrich exhibition, please click here.

Faye Hirsch is an editor and critic who has published widely on contemporary art, most frequently in Art in America, where she was a senior editor from 2003 to 2012. She remains a contributing editor at the magazine. Prior to 2012, she was editor-in-chief at Art on Paper and senior editor at Print Collector’s Newsletter, with an expertise in the history of contemporary printmaking. She received her PhD in the history of art from Yale University in 1987, and has taught at the University of Oregon at Eugene, University of Arizona at Tucson, School of Visual Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. Hirsch is a visiting associate professor and serves as MFA program coordinator at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is currently at work on a monograph about the painter Lois Dodd.

Michael St. John’s work conveys a sustained commitment to observing and re-presenting experiences of the everyday. Gathering source materials by casting an inclusive and penetrating gaze on the world through which he moves, St. John layers newspaper clippings, found images, fragmented language and everyday objects into captivating collaged portraits of the world at present. Underlying this recalibration of the growing circuit of visual information is an insightful and rigorous formal practice informed by Rauschenberg, Warhol, Ashcan School artists, and 19th-century American trompe l’oeil painting. With a dedication to recognize and commemorate the time we live in, St. John’s work reflects on notions of violence, tragedy, narcissism, racism, and indifference, drawing stimulating connections that kindle new and compassionate perspectives on contemporary culture.

Erica Baum received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from Yale University. Current and recent museum exhibitions include Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, The Jewish Museum, 2017; For the Love of Things: Still Life, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2016; Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, Kunsthalle Berlin and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2015; and Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include The Following Information, Bureau, 2016; Stanzas, Galerie Crevecoeur, 2015; and The Paper Nautilus, Bureau, 2014. Her work is held in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Centre National des Arts Plastiques,FRAC Ile de France, and the Yale Art Gallery. Baum lives and works in New York City.