Gallery artist Rebecca Morris to speak at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on Monday, February 10th at 5:00pm.

The lecture will be held at the University of Chicago, 915 East 60th Street, room 901. More information here.

Rebecca Morris was born in Honolulu Hawaii (1969) and lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Smith College (1991), her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1994). Morris was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008) and has also received awards from The California Community Foundation (2013); The City of Los Angeles, COLA Award (2013); Tiffany Foundation (1999); The Durfee Foundation (2005); Art Matters (1996); the Illinois Arts Council (1996) and The Faculty Lecturer/ Performer Award at Pasadena City College (2009). Morris is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin, Germany) and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago) and is the author of Manifesto: For Abstractionists and Friends of the Non-Objective.  Solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Lingen (Germany); The Bonnefanten Museum (The Netherlands); The Renaissance Society (Chicago); Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin); Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago); Harris Lieberman, (New York); The Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica).

Group exhibitions include: The 2014 Whitney Biennial (New York); The Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (Switzerland); Friedrich Petzel (New York); The Hessel Art Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York); The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); Night Gallery (Los Angeles); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Venus Over Manhattan (New York); Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York); Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis); Participant Inc. (New York); Grieder Contemporary (Zurich); and Donald Young Gallery (Chicago).

Morris has lectured at numerous colleges and graduate programs including: Columbia University; UCLA; USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts; The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College; The University of Chicago; California College of The Arts; Otis; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; The University of California at Riverside; The University of California at Irvine; Claremont Graduate University; The Savannah College of Art; The University of Illinois at Chicago; The School of Visual Arts; Cal State LA; Smith College; and co-organized the lecture series “Talks on Painting”, in Los Angeles. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Goetz Collection in Munich, Germany.



Artists Carol Bove and Josiah McElheny join Met Curator Nicholas Cullinan, on Sunday, February 9, 3:00-4:30 p.m to discuss how Carlo Scarpa’s architecture, museological displays, and work in glass continue to influence and inspire artists today.

This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932-1947.

This program is made possible by Bank of America. Free with Museum admission.

Carlo Scarpa (Italian, 1906-1978) created a singular and multifaceted body of work in architecture and design. Born in Venice, Scarpa studied architecture at the Accademia di Belle Arti there, graduating in 1926. His exploration of the medium of glass began while he worked at MVM Cappellin glassworks between 1926 and 1931. However, it was Scarpa’s next post at Venini where he redefined the parameters of glassblowing in terms of aesthetics and technical innovation.

In 1932, while in his mid-twenties, Scarpa was hired by Paolo Venini, the company’s founder, as an artistic consultant. Located on the Venetian island of Murano, where the glassblowing tradition reaches back hundreds of years, the Venini factory quickly became a center of innovation, with Scarpa leading the way. Until 1947, he worked closely with Venini master glassblowers and Mr. Venini himself to create over two dozen styles, in the process pioneering techniques, silhouettes, and colors that thoroughly modernized the ancient tradition of glassblowing. Their collaboration was put on display at important international showcases such as the Milan Triennale and Venice Biennale in Italy during the 1930s and 1940s.

Organized chronologically, the pieces in the exhibition will be divided into groups according to technique. Radical in nature, Scarpa’s glass designs went far beyond being perceived merely as decorative or utilitarian objects. They immediately attracted the attention of critics, one of whom wrote that “this production is really at the avant-garde of modernity.”

The exhibition is an adaptation of Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932-1947, organized by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, and Pentagram Stiftung for presentation at Le Stanze del Vetro, Venice last year.

More information on the Met’s website here:

On Saturday, January 25th, on the final day of his exhibition Crowds & Powder, John Sparagana will have a conversation in the gallery with artist Jose Lerma. The conversation begins at 1:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

Artists and scholars, including Mark Fisher, music writer for The Wire magazine; Lynne Tillman, writer and critic; David Hartt, photographer and SAIC faculty member; and Devin Fore, editor and Princeton faculty of German discuss their current approaches in conjunction with the exhibition Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness. Organized by Matthew S. Witkovsky, Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography, and Judith Russi Kirshner, deputy director of education, the presentations will conclude with an exhibition viewing.

January 23, 2014
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission, more information here.

Image: Christopher Williams. Punta Hicacos, Varadero, Cuba February 14, 2000, 2000. Gift of Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal. © Christopher Williams. Courtesy of the artist.

LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, February 1st, artist David Hartt will release his new publication, Belvedere, at the LA Art Book Fair. The book includes photographs by the artist, as well as a conversation with Berlin-based architect and writer Markus Miessen.


NEW YORK – The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) has awarded fourteen unrestricted grants of $30,000 each to individual artists and one collective in the United States. Nominated confidentially by prominent artists and arts professionals and selected by the Directors of the Foundation and noted members of the arts community, artist Cauleen Smith is one of two artists awarded the visual arts grant.

ST. LOUIS – Opening January 24th, Joyce Pensato: I KILLED KENNY continues on from the Santa Monica Museum of Art to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. An artist talk will take place in the galleries on Tuesday, January 21st.


AUGUSTA, GA – Opening January 16th, the exhibition Painting in the Expanded Field includes Molly Zuckerman-Hartung along with Inna Babaeva, Cora Cohen, Nicole Cherubini, Liz Deschenes, Suzanne Joelson, Annette Lemieux, Jessica Stockholder, TM Sisters, Wendy White, and Tamara Zahaykevich.


MILAN – Molly Zuckerman-Hartung will show new paintings in Shakti, a group exhibition, which opens January 23rd at Brand New Gallery. Jackie Saccoccio also has a concurrent exhibition, Portraits, in Gallery 2.


NEW YORK – On January 26th in New York University’s galleries at 55 E. 10th Street, artist Diane Simpson will unveil Window Dressing, previously exhibited at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.


GENOVA – On January 16th, Jackie Saccoccio will open an exhibition at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, her the first solo exhibition to be held in a European museum.


HOUSTON – John Sparagana opens El Cuerpo Sutil with Miguel Ángel Rojas at Sicardi Gallery on Friday, January 17th.


SAN FRANCISCO – On January 9th, Rebecca Morris joins artists Maysha Mohamedi, Ruby Neri, and Laurie Reid in The Optimists at Stephen Wirtz Gallery.


CHICAGO – The re-issued Nation Time: The Complete Recordings has garnered acclaim among the year-end “Best of” lists.