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The Reckoning - Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, Sue Scott - An Art Book Series Event

November 20, 2013

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

FREE - Berger Forum doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Authors Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott engage in an in-depth discussion about their new book The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium. They explore the work of women artists in the contemporary art world, highlighting several innovative artists from around the globe.

The authors of After the Revolution return with an incisive study of the work of contemporary women artists. In The Reckoning, authors Heartney, Posner, Princenthal, and Scott bring into focus the accomplishments of 24 acclaimed international women artists born since 1960 who have benefited from the groundbreaking efforts of their predecessors. The book is organized in four thematic sections. Bad Girls profiles artists whose work represents an assault on conventional notions of gender and racial difference. History Lessons offers reflections on the self in the context of history and globalization. Spellbound focuses on women’s embrace of the irrational, subjective, and  surreal, while Domestic Disturbances takes on women’s conflicted relationship to home, family, and  security. Written in lively prose and fully illustrated throughout, this book gives an informed account of the wonderful diversity of recent contemporary art by women.

Kate Gilmore, Standing Here, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.Kate Gilmore, Standing Here, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.Copies of the book are available for purchase and signing at the event after the audience Q&A.

Helaine Posner is Senior Curator at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. Her exhibitions at the Neuberger Museum include Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels accompanied by a monograph (Prestel, 2011) and Tania Bruguera: On the Political Imaginary. From 1991-1998, she was curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA where she curated exhibitions of contemporary art and wrote the accompanying catalogues. Posner is the author of a monograph on artist Kiki Smith (Monacelli, 2005) and was U.S. Co-commissioner for the 48th Venice Biennale where she organized Ann Hamilton: Myein. She is the co-author of the award winning book After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art (published by Prestel, 2007) and of The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium to be released by Prestel in 2013. Posner was curator of a mid-career survey of the work of Lorna Simpson which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Miami Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Nancy Princenthal is a New York-based critic and former Senior Editor of Art in America, for which she continues to write regularly; she has also contributed to Art News, Artforum, Parkett, the Village Voice, and the New York Times. Her monograph on Hannah Wilke was published by Prestel in 2010; her essays have also appeared in monographs on Doris Salcedo and Alfredo Jaar, among others. After the Revolution, a book about twelve women artists that she co-authored, has just been reprinted in an enlarged edition; a sequel on younger artists will be released in fall 2013. At present Princenthal is writing a book about Agnes Martin for The Monacelli Press. Having taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Princeton University; Yale University, RISD, and elsewhere, she is currently on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts.

Wangechi Mutu, This you call civilization?, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.Wangechi Mutu, This you call civilization?, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.Eleanor Heartney is a New York based art writer and cultural critic who has been writing about art since 1981. Heartney’s books include Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads, Postmodernism, Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art, Defending Complexity; and Art and Today. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art, 2007, which won the Susan Koppelman Award. She is also author, with the same team, of The Reckoning: Women Artists in the New Millennium. Heartney is past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. Heartney was the 1992 recipient of the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism In 2008 she was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is currently critic in residence at Montclair State University.

Mika Rottenberg, Still from Cheese, 2007. Courtesy Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.Mika Rottenberg, Still from Cheese, 2007. Courtesy Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.Sue Scott is an independent curator and writer living in New York.  She was Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art at the Orlando Museum of Art for nineteen years, where she curated solo exhibitions of the works of Bryan Hunt, Jane Hammond, Suzanne McClelland, Katherine Bowling, Frank Moore, Kerry James Marshall, Jennifer Bartlett and Alex Katz, among others. Group exhibitions include Proof Positive: Forty Years of Printmaking at ULAE at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Witness Theories of Seduction for Dorsky Curatorial Programs, and The Washington Color School: The First Generation and The Edward R. Broida Collection: A Selection of Works for the Orlando Museum of Art. She is a co-author, along with Helaine Posner, Eleanor Heartney and Nancy Princenthal of the award-winning book After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art (Prestel, 2007), and of The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium (Prestel 2013).

In its fifth year the program series An Art Book, initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni, is a celebration of the essential importance and beauty of art books. The events showcase book presentations and discussions by world renowned artists, critics, curators, gallerists, historians and writers.