James Meyer: Big Ideas

Saturday 20 April, 2013 - 5pm

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Curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and Professor of History of Art James Meyer presents ‘Children of the Sixties.’ The talk addresses the compulsion of artists and writers born during the long Sixties (1955-1979) to revisit the political and cultural milieu of their earliest recollections. More broadly, it explores the representation of recentness, a coming to terms with a past that is distant yet insistently near. “Sixties children” are haunted by the memory of a monumental time apparently more radical and avant-gardist than the present moment--a period they missed. Practices of return mark the paradigmatic character of the Sixties, yet herald the end of the Sixties as a central fixation of contemporary practice.

James Meyer is Associate Curator of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and Adjunct Professor of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties and Minimalism, and has published his work in such journals as OCTOBER, Art Bulletin, Grey Room, and Artforum, where he is a contributing editor. He is the curator of In the Tower: Mel Bochner at the National Gallery of Art, and a forthcoming exhibition of Kerry James Marshall’s work opening in the Tower of the National Gallery in June. His Whitechapel Gallery presentation is derived from his current research project, Return to the Sixties: On the Meaning of the Sixties in Art and Culture.

Supported by: Stanley Picker Trust.

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