Exhibition Now Open: The Sculpture of William Edmondson

On view at Cheekwood and Fisk University, Nashville, TNAugust 12-October 31, 2021Curated by Marin R. Sullivan William Edmondson (1974-1951) did not set out to become one of the most significant self-taught artists of the twentieth century, but he also did not work in obscurity, passively waiting to be discovered by wealthy white patrons and the art world establishment. While his limestone carvings may have been … Continue reading Exhibition Now Open: The Sculpture of William Edmondson

Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné Project

I am delighted to announce that I have been appointed Director of the newly launched Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné Project. The Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné Project seeks to document and research the diverse and extensive artistic practice of the Italian-American artist Harry Bertoia (1915-1978). The goal is to provide a comprehensive record and resource of the artist’s work, and will include his painting, graphics (including … Continue reading Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné Project

Chicago Design

The Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago has made 2018 an absolutely tremendous year to see, experience, appreciate, and learn about the rich, impactful, complicated histories of art and design in Chicago. November is shaping up to be quite a month for design history in particular. Three exhibitions will shed new insight into significant aspects of Chicago design history: Chicago Cycles: 150 Years of Bicycle Design and Innovation at … Continue reading Chicago Design

Learning About Edgar Miller

Have you heard of Edgar Miller? I have been hard-pressed, even amongst Chicago (art) history aficionados, to find many people who answer in the affirmative. Born in 1899 in Idaho and spending a part of his childhood in Australia, Miller moved in Chicago in 1917 to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the next fifty years, he produced an extraordinary body of work that … Continue reading Learning About Edgar Miller

Talking about Bertoia at the Smithsonian

I just finished up a wonderful three months in residence as a Tyson Scholar at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, but I will be returning to D.C. this week to attend and participate in the 2018 Fellows Lectures at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I will present a paper entitled “The Limits of Integration: Harry Bertoia’s Dallas Public Library Commission,” … Continue reading Talking about Bertoia at the Smithsonian