Curator's Talk: Gary Garrels

image of ocean waves done in graphite on acrylic ground on paper by artis Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), 1977. Graphite on acrylic ground on paper, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Alfred M. Esberg ©Vija Celmins, photo: Don Ross, courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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Curator's Talk: Gary Garrels

Friday May 3, 2019, 7 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Curator's Talk: Gary Garrels on Vija Celmins

Gary Garrels is the Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA and the co-curator of the exhibition Vija Celmins: To Fix The Image In Memory, on at the AGO from May 4 - August 5, 2019

Curator's Talk: Gary Garrels

Join Gary Garrels, curator of Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory for talk exploring the five decades of work by Vija Celmins featured in the exhibition.   

Best known for her striking drawings of ocean surfaces, begun in 1968 and revisited over many years both in drawings and paintings, Vija Celmins (b. 1938) has been creating exquisitely detailed renderings of natural imagery for more than five decades. Distilling vast, expansive distances into mesmerizing, small-scale artworks, these “redescriptions” are a way to understand human consciousness in relation to lived experience.

Gary Garrels is Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA, a position he assumed in September 2008. Previous appointments include chief curator and deputy director of exhibitions and public programs, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Elise S. Haas Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA; senior curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and director of programs, Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Garrels has organized numerous exhibitions throughout his career. He was co-curator of Bruce Conner: It’s All True, (2016) a retrospective co-organized with The Museum of Modern Art, New York and co-curator of Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective (2011-2012) which opened at SFMOMA in 2011 after its initial presentation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. At the Hammer Museum, he organized Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting (2008) and Eden’s Edge: Fifteen LA Artists (2007). At the Museum of Modern Art, he organized Brice Marden: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings (2006) and Roth Time: A Dieter Roth Retrospective (2004, co-organized with Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland).

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