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Episode 17: Maggie Adler

“What we do as curators at museums is a form of teaching for students we may never meet”

 

Maggie Adler is Curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, where she organizes exhibitions that explore the breadth of American art that exists within and outside of the museum’s collection. A native of rural New York, she received her higher education at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts where she obtained a BA in classical languages and art history and a Masters in art history. Prior to the Amon Carter, Maggie held positions at Williams College Museum of Art and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, as well as a fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition to her curatorial duties, she also serves as co-chair for the Association for the Historians of American Art. Though her research focuses on nineteenth-century art, she is also passionate about collaborating with contemporary artists to create large-scale commissions and has worked with Jenny Holzer, Pepon Osorio, and Gabriel Dawe on site-specific installations. She is currently planning a major commission with artist Mark Dion and collaborating on a traveling exhibition pairing Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington.

I recently sat down with Maggie in the main gallery of the Amon Carter where we discussed her attraction to Williams College, her love of Winslow Homer, the color theory of Michel Eugène Chevreul, her winding career path, what makes the Amon Carter unique, and finding contemporary work that fits within the museum’s narrative.

Website: cartermuseum.org

Instagram: @theamoncarter

 

Homer’s copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

Sketch of Winslow Homer’s brother Charles from his annotated copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

Annotated pages from Winslow Homer’s copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

William Wegman speaking with high school students from Lawrence, MA at the Williams College Museum of Art (2007).

Thomas Hart Benton, Poker Night (from A Street Car Named Desire), 1948, Whitney Museum of American Art

Winslow Homer, Undertow, 1886, oil on canvas, The Clark

Frederic Remington, The Fall of the Cowboy, 1895, oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Plexus No. 34 by Gabriel Dawe, site-specific installation at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Jasper Cropsey, The Narrows from Staten Island, 1868, Oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Dornith Doherty in the incline gallery at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Episode 15: Webb Gallery

Bruce and Julie Webb have owned and operated the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas since 1987. The art gallery is a destination for collectors worldwide who share the Webb’s fondness of art in its rawest and most authentic form. Bruce funneled the eccentricities of his family’s history and a childhood combing through flea markets to develop a love for the odd, handmade and unique. He and Julie have worked over the last 30 years to curate an aesthetic that recognizes contemporary folk art that in Bruce’s words “feels like it’s from another planet.” The couple’s world-class collection of art from fraternal organizations (like the Masons and Odd Fellows) led to Bruce co-authoring a fully-illustrated book on the subject in 2016 titled As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850-1930. The Webbs are a household name in the world of “outsider art” and are participants each year in New York’s Outsider Art Fair.

I recently sat down with Bruce and Julie at their gallery where we discussed flea markets, punk rock, Free Masonry, hobos, folk art, the uniqueness of Waxahachie, their friendship with David Byrne, and spending half the year on the road finding treasures.

Website: webbartgallery.com

Instagram: @webbgallery

 

Episode 11: Debora Hunter

Debora Hunter is a Dallas-based photographer who taught art and photography at SMU for 40 years. A native of architecturally-rich Oak Park, Illinois, her work reflects an acute awareness of architectural space and the ability to capture the unique characteristics of a specific place. Deborah obtained an undergraduate degree from Northwestern before obtaining her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under photography giants Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. She has been part of group exhibitions at a variety of institutions, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Light Factory, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and MOMA, as well as solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the George Eastman House.

I recently sat down with Deborah at her home studio in Dallas where we discussed her childhood riding the “L” to the Art Institute, the emergence of photography as an area of arts study, her love of Taos, planting roots in Dallas and what it’s like to be a classically-trained photographer in the age of Instagram.

Website: deborahunter.com

Instagram: @debora__hunter

 

                  

Episode 10: Liz Trosper

Liz Trosper is a Dallas-based artist whose work utilizes assemblage and digital imaging to challenge the conventional definitions of painting. She came to painting after the prolonged study of political science and public administration, as well as professional experience in the public sector. Liz obtained her MFA at UT Dallas, a program that focuses on the intersection of traditional art theories with emerging technologies. While there, she was a resident at UTD’s highly touted CentralTrak residency program. Liz is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, and her work has been shown in art spaces such as The Dallas Contemporary, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Richland College, UT Dallas, Academic Gallery in New York and many other galleries and exhibition spaces. She is a lecturer at UT Dallas and curates a nonprofit experimental art space in Dallas called Umbrella.

I recently sat down with Liz at her Deep Ellum studio where we discussed growing up in the suburbs, the landscape of community-level politics, studying philosophy, using technology in the studio, and the satisfaction of finding your life’s calling.

Website: liztrosper.com

Instagram: @lizzytrosper

 

    

    

    

    

Episode 9: Ted Kincaid

Ted Kincaid is a Dallas-based artist whose work challenges the notion of photography as a subjective record. Through the use of digital and traditional processes, Ted is creating a new type of painting informed by photo-imagery and a new type of photography influenced by painting. He received his BFA from Texas Tech and his MFA from the University of Kentucky before returning to Dallas to set up his practice. He has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, ARTPAPER and ART ON PAPER and is included in the permanent collections of both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as a host of corporate collections, including a massive 700-square foot canvas in the Dallas Omni Convention Center Hotel. Ted is represented by a number of galleries around the U.S., including Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas and Devin Borden Gallery in Houston.

I recently sat down with Ted at his home in Dallas where we discussed the veracity of the photographic image, pictorialism, the sublime, the former grandeur of Valley View Mall and the current state of arts education.

Website: tedkincaid.com

Instagram: @tedkincaid

Galleries: Talley Dunn Gallery (Dallas), Devin Borden Gallery (Houston), Arthur Roger Gallery (New Orleans), Schoolhouse Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Manneken Press (Bloomington, IL)

 

      

       

     

 

  

 

Episode 8: Timothy Harding

Timothy Harding is a Fort Worth-based artist who uses line, color, pattern and repetition to create depth and space in paintings, reliefs and sculptural installations. A native Texan, Timothy received his BFA from Texas Woman’s University and his MFA from Texas Christian University. He’s been the recipient of both a Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrant, as well as a Kimbrough Fund Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art, where he is currently completing a residency in the museum’s Center for Creative Connections. He is represented in Dallas by Cris Worley Fine Art.

I recently sat down with Timothy at his Fort Worth studio where we discussed his residency at the Vermont Studio Center, life in college towns, grids, Xacto knives and students who wear chaps.

Website: timothyevanharding.com

Instagram: @timothy.harding

 

Episode 7: Kelly Cornell

Kelly Cornell is a Dallas native who works as Director of the Dallas Art Fair. Kelly studied Painting as well as Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University. While there, she became an intern for the art fair that she now manages. Co-founded in 2009 by Dallas business entrepreneur/real estate developer John Sughrue and independent curator Chris Byrne, the Dallas Art Fair has become the cornerstone of what is now Dallas Arts Month. The event offers collectors, arts professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with a rich selection of modern and contemporary artworks presented by nearly 100 of the world’s leading galleries.

I recently spoke with Kelly via Skype from her home where she was caring for her one-week-old daughter, Frances. During our conversation, we had the opportunity to discuss the evolving role of the arts in Dallas, the history of the Dallas Art Fair, what it takes to prepare for the event, how artists can participate and the noticeable absence of corny dogs and henna tattoos.

Above Photos: Daniel Driensky

Episode 6: Joseph Havel

Joseph Havel is a world-renowned artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. In addition to his studio practice, Joseph is Director of the Glassell School of Art and its acclaimed Core Residency Program. Originally from Minnesota, he obtained his BFA from the University of Minnesota and his MFA from Penn State. Joseph is best known for his ever-changing body of work which consists mostly of sculptures, but also drawings. His artwork has been exhibited extensively worldwide and he is part of the permanent collections of many of the world’s top art institutions, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Le Centre Pompidou, The Ministry of Culture – Paris, The Menil Collection and The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston. He has received numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship, the Dallas Contemporary’s Texas Legend Award and Texas State Visual Artist of the Year. He is represented by a number of galleries, including Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas and Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston.

I recently sat down with Joseph in a private viewing room at Talley Dunn prior to a recent opening where we discussed growing up in Minnesota, conceptual art, white shirts, the Glassell School, the state of change in San Francisco and avoiding boxes.

 

 

Episode 5: Mary Vernon

Mary Vernon is a Dallas-based artist and former educator. Mary spent nearly 50 years at Southern Methodist University where she taught art history, painting and drawing, as well as SMU’s noted color theory course. Originally from New Mexico, she completed her undergraduate degree at Cal Berkeley and her MFA at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Mary’s paintings reflect the color theories she so famously taught at SMU. One of her most recent works (“Albers’ House”) is a 36-foot-long oil painting on yupo which was featured in a retrospective at the Grace Museum in Abiliene. Mary’s work can be found in notable local collections, such as The Belo Foundation, The George W. Bush Presidential Library, Meadows Museum, Dallas Country Club, and the U.T. Southwestern Medical Center. Mary is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

I recently sat down with Mary at her Dallas studio where we discussed early inspirations, Berkeley in the ‘60s, her love of art history, the evolution of the Meadows collection, her impact on generations of art students, her love of yupo and a run-in with Georgia O’Keefe.

Website: maryvernon.com

  

   

Episode 4: Sedrick Huckaby

Sedrick Huckaby is a Fort Worth-based artist known for his large-scale, impasto paintings that reflect his faith, his family history and his community. A native of Fort Worth, Sedrick studied art initially at Texas Weslyan before obtaining his BFA from Boston University and his MFA from Yale. He has gained notoriety nationwide for his large-scale portraits of family and community members, as well as large-scale paintings of family quilts which serve as allegory for themes of family and faith. Widely exhibited and collected, Sedrick’s work resides in the permanent collections of a variety of private and public institutions, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sedrick is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

I recently sat down with Sedrick at his grandmother’s former residence in Fort Worth which he has converted into an artist studio where we discussed growing up in Fort Worth, the work of Henry O. Tanner, authenticity, faith, family, heritage and “The Pit.”

Website: huckabystudios.com