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This exhibition of eight artists: Saif Azzuz, Chelsea Culprit, Brian DeGraw, Brittni Ann Harvey, Erin O'Keefe, Eddie Martinez, Sarah Peters and Derek Weisberg showcases work that in some way engages with the triumphs and fallacies of the modern project. As the lines in the verse above state, "Doin' things I used to do/ They think are new," artists are filled with enthusiasm and excitement that belong to those who feel they are in the process of original invention, like children at play. Yet, as time goes by, we realize that this feeling of newness will be discovered and reclaimed by the next generation.
Examining this framework, images and motifs from the past become replete with additional meaning, celebrating the movement and repetition in many of the works which speak to this cyclical framework and create a vibrancy and mode of activity that is in communication between the various artworks.

Throughout her career, New York-based artist Kate Shepherd has explored abstracted spaces in her richly colored works. For this "Artist Talk," Shepherd discusses the evolution of her formal technique, including her signature use of fine lines to delineate space, her focus on paint reflectivity and texture, and her most recent works on paper. She will also discuss how she developed the exhibition "April, May, June, etc., etc., Upended Floor (Mud, Blood)," 2020, at Josh Pazda Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston from afar while living in New York City. Two of her works related to that exhibition are currently on view in "Spatial Awareness: Drawings from the Permanent Collection" at the Menil Drawing Institute.

The "Artist Talk" series is supported by a gift from the Cockrell Family Fund.

About the artist: Kate Shepherd (b. 1961) was born in New York City, where she currently lives and works. Her works are in such collections as Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; the Menil Collection, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Shepherd has a long-standing commitment to printmaking, and she has made editions with and for Pace Prints, Chinati Foundation, Dieu Donné, Lower East Side Printshop, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Visit to learn more about upcoming programs. Public Program of The Menil Collection, Houston, TX. February 17, 2022.

Sarah Cain's "My favorite season is the fall of the patriarchy" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC when the East Building reopens in December 2021. 


Sarah Cain’s energetic installation jumps the bounds of a 45-foot-long painted canvas to integrate a variety of surfaces in the East Building’s Atrium. Extending onto the nearby protective sculpture enclosures and well covers, Cain’s painted elements surround and complement the canvas to create a dynamic installation that encourages movement and close-looking.

Janine Antoni in “New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century” at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
Janine Antoni in “New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century” at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
25 August 2021 – 30 January 2022

Janine Antoni is included in “New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century” at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA from 25 August  2021 – 30 January 2022. 

The exhibition "Sarah Cain–Enter the Center" will be on view at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College from 10 July to 28 November 2021.


Sarah Cain is an artist who explores and expands upon traditional ideas of painting. Cain works on canvases of all sizes, often modifying canvases by cutting and braiding, painting on all sides, and installing the canvas with the back of the painting facing the viewer. She also paints on other surfaces, including interior and exterior walls, floors, and dollar bills.


The creation and destruction of her paintings is part of Cain’s process that, in part, revolves around self-discovery. Cain describes herself as a feminist painter, using elements that are traditionally seen as feminine and “girly” as an act of non-conformity and antipathy to the patriarchal hierarchies of painting.

Artist Talk: Lorraine O’Grady in conversation with Zoe Leonard at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, 27 May 2021 at 6 PM (EST).


Join Lorraine O’Grady, one of the most significant contemporary figures working in performance, conceptual, and feminist art, for an in-depth conversation in conjunction with a special exhibition Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And. O’Grady is joined by photographer Zoe Leonard to discuss their respective approaches toward conceptual photography, moderated by Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.


Larry Bell is included in "The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance" at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis from 15 May 2021 – 8 August 2021. 

Artists On The Future: Teresita Fernández and Sir David Adjaye in conversation on Stanford University Youtube on Monday, 10 May 2021 at 5 pm (PDT).


This conversation brings together Cuban American visual artist Teresita Fernández with Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye to discuss place, geography, and global environmental issues. The program is free and open to both members of the Stanford community and the public. 

The exhibition "Jim Hodges" will be on view at Gladstone Gallery in Brussels, Belgium from 8 May – 18 June 2021.


Artist Talk: Teresita Fernández On Art And Eco-Trauma in conversation with Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro virtually on Wednesday, 28 April 2021 at 7 pm (EDT).

Artist Talk: Zoe Leonard in conversation with curator José Esparza Chong Cuy at the Harvard Graduate School of Design virtually on Thursday, 1 April 2021 at 12 PM (EST).


Zoe Leonard will present a work in progress titled Al Rio/To the River, and will engage in conversation about the project with curator José Esparza Chong Cuy.


Music Talk: Justin Vivian Bond in conversation with Jim Hodges virtually at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in Chicago, Ilinois on Saturday, 27 March 2021 at 4 PM (CT).


Acclaimed singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor Justin Vivian Bond chats, riffs, and improvises with long-time friend and collaborator, installation artist Jim Hodges.

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