2022-2023 Norfolk Society of Arts | Lecture 4 | Jennifer Gross, PhD

Cy Twombly Southern Grandeur and Ancient Myths: Histories Brought to Form

Jennifer R. Gross is an art historian and curator of modern and contemporary art.  Most recently she was the founding Executive Director of the Hauser & Wirth Institute, a not-for-profit institution dedicated to the support of artists’ archives and scholarship.  Previously she was the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. 

Past curatorial projects include The Indianapolis ShowcaseDrawing Redefined:  Roni Horn, Esther Klas, Jöelle Tuerlinckx, Richard Tuttle, and Jorinde Voigt, and the travelling exhibitions Richard Artschwager!, and The Societe Anonyme:  Modernism for America.  She is currently curating a retrospective exhibition on the artist and poet Mina Loy for Bowdoin College and a joint exhibition of the work of Ashley Bryan and Paula Wilson for the Colby Museum of Art which will open in the spring of 2023.

Dr. Gross has written extensively on contemporary art. Her most recent essay on Cy Twombly, was commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Getty Museum, for Cy Twombly:  Making Past Present.  Dr. Gross’s lecture will focus on the arc of Cy Twombly’s development as a sculptor. Beginning with his earliest work as a young artist growing up in Virginia, and moving through his longstanding creative engagement with the New York avant-garde, the lecture will present the artist’s journey through the visual field of painting into the engagement with time and space he was able to achieve in his three-dimensional work.  The lecture will highlight the influences of ancient culture he encountered in Greece and Italy subsequent to his move to Rome in 1959.

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