Elissa Auther, Windgate Research Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center, New York
Auther’s book, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (Minnesota, 2010), focuses on the broad utilization of fiber in American art of the 1960s and 70s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft expressed by the medium’s new visibility. In addition, she co-curated and edited the accompanying catalog for the exhibition West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 (Minnesota, 2012). Most recently she co-curated the retrospective exhibition of the painter and photographer Marilyn Minter and she has two new publications on the fiber-based work of artist Josh Faught. She also co-directs Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics, a public program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver that focuses on issues of women and gender through creative practice.
“Miriam Schapiro’s Unheralded Legacy” examines the pioneering work of artist Miriam Schapiro, who passed away at the age of 91 in 2015, and considers the legacy of her practice in art today. The legacy of Schapiro’s innovative, subjective approach to abstraction has yet to be fully appreciated, and Auther will also discuss the artist’s work in relation to artists utilizing fiber, ornamentation, and pattern today