By Vanessa Nesvig
Coordinator of Special Projects
I am really looking forward to the May 7 program about 21st-century studio practice…what artist or art lover doesn’t love hearing about how famous artists have used and worked in their studios? From the studios of the past like the opulence of William Merit Chase’s atelier, or the rugged and isolated carriage house of Winslow Homer to the dense garbage and debris of Francis Bacon’s studio, studios are the insight we have to the workings of the artist’s mind. Artists Joe Fig and David Row, with the Museum’s Chief Curator Tom Denenberg, will give us an overview of the history of the studio and how it is today.
Not only am I looking forward to meeting Joe Fig, whose small models of artist’s studios are a voyeuristic look into an artists space, but I can’t wait to hear from David Row about his two studios—Maine and New York—and what he has to say about how the artist’s idea of the studio has changed and how students think of it today. But what I really am looking forward to are the afternoon studio visits. Lauren Fensterstock and Aaron Stephan’s home will be open to see their works in progress, Joe Kievitt is opening is studio/home where his work is all around him and Charlie Hewitt will let us in his studio to see how he works.
The Artist Studio building will also be open on Congress Street, only to us, so that I finally will be able to have time to thoughtfully look at each studio without being jostled on a First Friday evening. Then a wrap up at SPACE where everyone can mingle and talk about the findings of the day. I plan to get tons of inspiration and ideas!
Tickets are still available for the symposium Art On-Site: Studio Practice in 21st-Century Art. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., cost: $35/$25 members. Click here to purchase tickets.