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Colleagues and Friends: Catherine J. Morris

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This month's Colleagues and Friends features two powerhouse curators—Catherine J. Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Ingrid Schaffner, Curator of the upcoming 57th Carnegie International—discussing their longstanding friendship and shared commitment to feminist curating. 





Catherine J. Morris is the Sackler Family Curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Since 2009, she has organized numerous exhibitions for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, including Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence; Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound (co-curated with Matthew Higgs); Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art (co-curated with Vincent Bonin); Between the Door and the Street: A performance initiated by Suzanne Lacy; Lorna Simpson: Gathered; and Kiki Smith: Sojourn. She was also the in-house curator of Eva Hesse Spectres 1960 and Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968. Previously, Morris worked as an independent curator. Among some of the projects she organized are Decoys, Complexes, and Triggers: Women and Land Art in the 1970s at SculptureCenter, Long Island City, 9 Evenings Reconsidered: Art, Theatre, and Engineering, 1966 for the M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center, and Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art of the 1970s at White Columns, New York. 

Ingrid Schaffner is a curator, art critic, writer, and educator, specializing in art history. Schaffner is currently Curator of the 57th Carnegie International, opening in the fall of 2018. From 2000 to 2015, she directed the exhibition program at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania as Chief Curator. Her work often coalesces around themes of archiving and collecting, photography, feminism, and alternate modernisms—especially Surrealism. She is author of more than 20 books and nearly 200 articles, reviews, and features, ranging from Salvador Dalí’s Dream of Venus to The Essential Andy Warhol, from an essay on exhibition wall text to an art history of chocolate. She has organized monographic exhibitions of the work of Karen Kilimnik, Barry Le Va, Jess, Jason Rhoades, and Anne Tyng, among others, and thematic group shows such as The Photogenic, The Puppet Show, Queer Voice, and Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay



The Colleagues and Friends Breakfast series invites established women in the art world to have conversations about their current positions, career paths, and professional relationships. The program is generously hosted by artnet at their headquarters in the Woolworth Building.

Earlier Event: October 6
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