January 10, 2019 6:30 PM

Art Talks | Meredith Martin and Arlene Shechet

NeueHouse is proud to lend its stage to Madison Square Park Conservancy (MSPC) and welcome NYU Associate Professor of Art History Meredith Martin in conversation with Mad. Sq. Park Artist Arlene Shechet.

Shechet’s exhibition’s title, Full Steam Ahead, takes inspiration from the famous order of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War and addresses the Park’s occasionally overlooked but grand presentation of the Union Admiral, a late 19th-century monument by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens with pedestal by Gilded Age architect Stanford White, one of the many permanent historic monuments in Madison Square Park. Shechet has long riffed on the sculptural pedestal in her work by literally incorporating it into an object or by supersizing it as an unexpected gesture.

Explore Full Steam Ahead through the lens of an art historian. Meredith Martin has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews on Bourbon regime architectural history and decoration as well as contemporary art. Her research interests focus on notions of space in modernity—its esthetics, its class implications, and its gendered norms and contradictions.

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Meredith Martin is Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, and Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Her research interests focus on notions of space in modernity—its esthetics, its class implications, and its gendered norms and contradictions. Her dissertation formed the basis of her book, Dairy Queens: The Politics of Pastoral Architecture from Catherine de’ Medici to Marie Antoinette (Harvard University Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize. Dr. Martin has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews on Bourbon regime architectural history and decoration as well as contemporary art. With Denise Baxter, she edited Architectural Space in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Constructing Identities and Interiors (Ashgate, 2010); and with Scott Rothkopf, she authored Period Eye: Karen Kilimnik’s Fancy Pictures to accompany an exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery (2007). More recently, she has examined the impact of global exchange on French art, architecture, and material culture. Her current projects include a study of diplomatic and cross-cultural encounters in eighteenth-century French art and a symposium on global exchange, “Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World,” organized with Daniela Bleichmar and Joanne Pillsbury at The Getty Research Institute.

Arlene Shechet (American, b. 1951) is a sculptor living and working in New York City and the Hudson Valley. All at Once, a major, critically-acclaimed twenty-year survey of her work was on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2015. All at Once was hailed by The New York Times as “some of the most imaginative American sculpture of the past 20 years, and some of the most radically personal.” In recent years, Shechet’s work has incorporated historic museum installations, including Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection, on view at The Frick Collection from May 2016 to April 2017. The exhibition was described in The New Yorker as “a balancing act of respectful and radical” with “whimsical beauty and deep smarts.” From Here on Now, a solo exhibition, was on view at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. in 2017. Shechet was featured in PBS’s Art 21 in 2014 and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Artists Project in 2016. She is the recipient of numerous prizes including the 2016 CAA Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work, a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award in 2004, the Anonymous Was a Woman Artist Award, and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2010, as well as several New York Foundation for the Arts awards.

Her work is in distinguished public and private collections including Brooklyn Museum, Hessel Museum of Art in Annandale-on-Hudson, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her B.A. from New York University and her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design.

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