Eye of the Curator

While preparing a midcareer retrospective of conceptual artist Glenn Ligon for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Scott Rothkopfdidn’t just select pieces from jpegs and transparencies. He journeyed all over the United States — rifling through museum vaults, collectors’ homes, and storage facilities — to cull works for the exhibit. The Harvard grad’s thoroughness has earned him a stellar reputation among his contemporary art world colleagues, artists, and museum honchos. This Friday at 7 p.m., Rothkopf, the senior editor of Art Forum before joining the Whitney as a curator in 2009, will lecture at the De la Cruz Collection. He’ll discuss his experience organizing the Ligon show as well as projects with artists Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker. The space also features new works by Miami’s Kevin Arrow, who’s known for his use of obsolete media, such as appropriated 35mm slides. For “Amor Infinitus,” he captures one mysterious couple’s travels. Two giant light boxes show an unknown husband and wife who wave to each other from a distance while traveling to exotic locales such as the Great Wall of China and the pyramids in Giza. Arrow’s evocative images speak to issues of memory, impermanence, and the enduring nature of love across time and distance.
Fri., April 15, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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