Curating Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction with Lucinda Barnes

Lecture | March 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Lucinda Barnes

 Arts + Design

Lucinda Barnes serves as Curator Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, after many years as Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections. At BAMPFA Barnes has curated and co-curated over forty exhibitions, including Measure of Time (2006), Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet (2009), Indeterminate Stillness: Looking at Whistler (2010), American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection (2014), and Creation in Form and Color: Hans Hofmann (2016; currently on tour in Europe). Barnes has also directed numerous major exhibitions that have traveled to Berkeley, such as Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens (2005), James Castle: A Retrospective (2010), What’s It All Mean? William T. Wiley in Retrospect (2010), and Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage (2011). In this talk, Lucinda will discuss the life and legacy of Hans Hofmann and detail the process of curating the major retrospective of Hofmann’s work, opening February 2019 at BAMPFA.

Course Description: Co-taught by Peter Glazer and Stan Lai, this series will explore the specific and metaphoric connections amongst Creative action—adapting Stan Lai’s concepts and training—and the possibility of personal, cultural, and social transformation. How do we understand movement, migration, and change both metaphorically and literally? How do artists working in literature, visual art, film, performance, and design explore and enact transformation? Aside from featuring insight into the works and creative methods of Asia’s Stan Lai, the series will also delve into current trends in Latino-American/Latino arts, as well as European and African art and performance.

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