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Chenoweth Lecture: “America is Hard to See”: Inaugurating the New Whitney

November 5, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A team of four senior curators developed the inaugural exhibition for the new Whitney Museum of American Art over a period of roughly three years. Both the exhibition and building opened to widespread critical and popular acclaim in May of 2015. The Whitney’s Curator of Drawings Carter E. Foster was one of those curators, and his lecture will give a behind-the-scenes look at the intellectual gestation of the exhibition, its relationship to the architecture, and take us through its ideals and highlights, both general and specific.

In a museum career spanning nearly twenty-five years, Foster has specialized in the history of drawing and the continuities of artistic practice from the Renaissance to the present, and has organized dozens of exhibitions covering this range. Most recently, he was on the team curators who developed the Whitney’s inaugural display in its new building, America is Hard to See. An expert on Edward Hopper, he organized the 2013 exhibition Hopper Drawing and edited and co-authored its catalogue. He writes extensively on post-war and contemporary American art. Prior to the Whitney, he held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The lecture will take place during our monthly First Thursday: After Hours event.

The Chenoweth lectures are endowed by Dr. Arthur I. Chenoweth as a memorial to his brother and parents. The purpose of the lectures is to encourage international understanding through the presentation of a variety of subjects by specialists in their fields.