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September 4, 2013

Graduate Studies at Moore presents Studio Conversations: Tom Marioni, Judith Tannenbaum, Richard Torchia

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The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, 2010. Installation view at the Hammer Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The annual Studio Conversations Series, presented by Graduate Studies at Moore’s MFA in Studio Art program, features leading artists, curators and critics discussing artistic issues and practice across media and international boundaries. The conversations are intended to address the emerging globalization and internationalization of the fine arts and what this means in the 21st century.

On September 23, Studio Conversations will feature conceptual artist Tom Marioni, curator Judith Tannenbaum and artist and curator Richard Torchia. Tom Marioni was born in Cincinnati in 1937 and lives in San Francisco. He was a key figure in the emergence of conceptual art in the 1960s and he founded and ran the Museum of Conceptual Art in San Francisco from 1970 to 1984. Since 1963 his work has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions, including The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art, Oakland Museum of California (1970); The Museum of Conceptual Art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1979); Cutting the Mustard, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (1984); The Germans, the Italians, the Japanese, Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco and Yoh Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan (1987); The Artist’s Studio (Starting Over), Capp Street Project, San Francisco (1990); Golden Rectangle, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2004); and Tom Marioni: Beer, Art, and Philosophy (The Exhibition) 1968–2006, Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati (2006).

Judith Tannenbaum was named The RISD Museum’s first curator of contemporary art in 2000. In 2002, she became the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, the Museum’s first endowed position, which she held until 2013. She recently relocated to Philadelphia but continues her connection to RISD as Adjunct Curator. Exhibitions and publications for RISD include Painting Air: Spencer Finch (2012); Lynda Benglis (2010); Styrofoam (2008); Beth Lipman: After You’re Gone (2008); Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the present (2006); Betty Woodman: Il Giardino dipinto (2005); Island Nations: New Art from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Diaspora (2004); On the Wall: Wallpaper by Contemporary Artists (2003); and Jim Isermann: Logic Rules (2000).  From 1986 to 2000, Tannenbaum served variously as curator, associate director, and interim director at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. As interim director of ICA in 1989-90, she became the spokesperson for the defense of public funding for the arts and artistic freedom in relation to the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition originated by ICA.

Richard Torchia is director of Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, where, since 1997, he has organized solo exhibitions for Ai Weiwei, Dave Allen, Francis Cape, Olafur Eliasson, Amy Hauft, Keith Haring, Candida Höfer, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Donald Moffett, William Larson, and Kay Rosen, among others. From 1985 to 1987 he directed City Without Walls in Newark, New Jersey, the state’s oldest artist-run space. He relocated to Philadelphia in 1987 to become the inaugural curator of the Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia at Moore College of Art & Design, a position he held until 1995. During his tenure there he organized over forty exhibitions featuring the work of Philadelphia-based artists, including projects for Kocot & Hatton, Mei-Ling Hom and Stacy Levy, as well as a retrospective for Philadelphia native William Anastasi.

Moore is the first and only women’s visual arts college in the U.S., providing a creative, close-knit, career-focused culture for contemporary art-making; 100% of BFA students receive paid internships. The college also offers co-ed Graduate Studies, Continuing Education and Youth Art Programs.

 

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