Artist and critic Robert Storr, dean of the Yale University School of Art, will reflect on the work of internationally acclaimed photographer Carrie Mae Weems at the fall 2012 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Friday, September 21, at 1:10 pm in the Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center. A reception will follow Storr’s lecture and the event is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, September 22, at 1:00 pm, Storr will participate in a panel discussion, Carrie Mae Weems: Beyond Black and White, moderated by Katie Delmez, curator, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Other panelists include Franklin Sirmans, curator of contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Deborah Willis, professor of photography and imaging, Tisch School for the Arts, New York University. Contributors to the publication accompanying the Frist exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, they will discuss some of the ideas presented in their essays, including the incorporation of folklore in her work; the performative aspect of her constructed tableaux; expressions of black beauty; and Weems’s place within a broader tradition of photographs of African Americans by African Americans. The panel will follow a lecture at 11:00 am by Carrie Mae Weems in which she will discuss major themes in her work, including her commitment to promote justice as it relates to racism, sexism, and classism. These events at the Frist are free but registration is required.
Storr (B.A., Swarthmore College; M. F. A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago) was curator in the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman. In 2002 he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Appointed professor of painting/printmaking and dean of the Yale University School of Art in 2006, Storr has also taught at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, New York Studio School, and Harvard University. He is a frequent lecturer in this country and abroad.
A contributing editor at Art in America since 1981, he writes frequently for Artforum, Parkett, Art Press (Paris), and Frieze (London). He has written numerous catalogs, articles, and books, including Philip Guston (Abbeville, 1986), Chuck Close (with Lisa Lyons, Rizzoli, 1987), and the forthcoming Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois.
Storr has received a Penny McCall Foundation Grant for painting, a Norton Family Foundation Curator Grant, and honorary doctorates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maine College of Art, as well as awards from the American Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, a special AICA award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Art Criticism, an ICI Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, and the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History from the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. In 2000, the French Ministry of Culture presented him with the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. The Consulting Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he was the commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the first American invited to assume that position.