Elson Lecture @ National Gallery of Art
March 25, 3:30pm
Susan Rothenberg: A Life in Painting
Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern and contemporary art, National Gallery of Art and Susan Rothenberg, artist
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
The Elson Lecture Series features distinguished contemporary artists whose work is represented in the Gallery's permanent collection.
For the past 30 years, Susan Rothenberg has expanded the poetic and painterly possibilities of her craft. Her first solo exhibition met with great acclaim for its three large paintings of horses in stark silhouette. Coming at a time when minimal and conceptual art dominated the New York scene, these works anticipated and sparked trends in painting in the 1980s. Rothenberg's works celebrate the process of painting. In 1990 she moved to rural New Mexico with her husband, artist Bruce Nauman, and her work changed, reflecting her new environment; her paintings increasingly incorporated narrative and memory. Two important paintings by Rothenberg are in the National Gallery's collection: Butterfly (1976), currently on loan to the White House, and Head within Head (1978), on view in the East Building.
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