Art History From Home: Portable Landscapes

This series of online talks by the Whitney’s Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows highlights works in the Museum’s collection and recent exhibitions to illuminate critical topics in American art from 1900 to the present. During each thirty-minute session, participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat.

“I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me,” Joan Mitchell once said. What does it mean to say we carry landscapes with us, especially when they have otherwise been rendered remote? Inspired by works by Georgia O’KeeffeJoan MitchellRuth Asawa, and Janiva Ellis in the Whitney’s permanent collection, this session considers how art renders nature portable—by preserving, translating, and transporting it.

Grant Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of art history at the University of Southern California and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney. His dissertation, Sheila Hicks: Weaving to the World, traces the first critical history of the prolific American artist, weaver, and pioneer of global contemporary art. An active curator, critic, and writer, his work has appeared in ArtforumFriezeThe Brooklyn RailGarage, and Performa, where he was a writer-in-residence from 2012 to 2014.











When: Thu., June 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St.
212-570-3600
Price: Free
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This series of online talks by the Whitney’s Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows highlights works in the Museum’s collection and recent exhibitions to illuminate critical topics in American art from 1900 to the present. During each thirty-minute session, participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat.

“I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me,” Joan Mitchell once said. What does it mean to say we carry landscapes with us, especially when they have otherwise been rendered remote? Inspired by works by Georgia O’KeeffeJoan MitchellRuth Asawa, and Janiva Ellis in the Whitney’s permanent collection, this session considers how art renders nature portable—by preserving, translating, and transporting it.

Grant Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of art history at the University of Southern California and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney. His dissertation, Sheila Hicks: Weaving to the World, traces the first critical history of the prolific American artist, weaver, and pioneer of global contemporary art. An active curator, critic, and writer, his work has appeared in ArtforumFriezeThe Brooklyn RailGarage, and Performa, where he was a writer-in-residence from 2012 to 2014.

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