Exhibition Talk: Lynn Zelevansky

Monday, October 30
101 Spring Street
New York, NY

Curator Lynn Zelevansky discusses Yayoi Kusama’s years in New York and her relationship with Donald Judd, in addition to examining both artists’ early work in painting and subsequent shift to three-dimensions.

This talk is part of the Fall 2017 public programs in New York and Texas that explore aspects of Donald Judd’s relationship with his contemporaries in New York from the 1960s through the 1980s. The talk series coincides with Yayoi Kusama, an exhibition of four paintings by the artist on the ground floor of 101 Spring Street.

Lynn Zelevansky served as the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) from 2009-2017. There, she co-curated Hélio Oiticica: To organize Delirium (2016-17) and Paul Thek: Diver (2010-11), instituted a variety of new participatory and experimental programs, and oversaw the successful 2013 Carnegie International. Previously, she was the Terri and Michael Smooke curator and department head, contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Among the many exhibitions she organized there were Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-68(1998) and Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s. Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in 1995, Zelevansky was a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York where she organized Projects shows for artists such as Gabriel Orozco (1993) and Cildo Meireles (1990), and curated Sense and Sensibility: Women Artists and Minimalism in the Nineties (1994).  Zelevansky has published widely on modern and contemporary art. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

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