INSIGHTS: The UNM Art Museum Distinguished Lecture Series
Tuesday, November 5, 5:30 pm
Agnes Martin: Before the Grid
a lecture by
Jina Brenneman, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
Planned in conjunction with the Agnes Martin: The Early Years 1947 – 1957 exhibition
The lecture will take place in the Jonson Gallery
In early 1950, Canadian born artist Agnes Martin created her first semi-abstract work in Taos, New Mexico, where she lived and worked during the years 1954-1957. The biomorphic piece—involving abstract shapes that evoke living forms—was a serious effort to find a new language and visual vocabulary. She would continue with this style as late as 1959. In 1957 New York art dealer Betty Parsons saw Martin’s biomorphic work in Taos and offered to represent her and fund her move to New York City. At Parsons’ urging, Martin relocated from Taos to Coenties Slip in lower Manhattan. This lecture focuses on the years Martin moved, studied and worked in Taos, New Mexico and Columbia University.
Jina Brenneman has worked as a curator of collection and exhibitions for over 15 years. Her experience focuses on artist working along the Colorado and New Mexico corridor.
Funding for this lecture series is generously provided in part by the Department of Art and Art History and by the Allene H. and Walter P. Kleweno Lecture Series Fund.