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Whitney Museum of American Art is Focus of New Canaan Library’s Stoddard Art Lecture: Guest Lecturer is Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography
October 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
New Canaan Library is pleased to announce that Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will be guest lecturer for the Library’s 6th annual Stoddard Art Lecture. This year’s lecture will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lamb Room, preceded by a light reception at 6 p.m. Please register for the lecture online at newcanaanlibrary.org.
Ms. Sussman will discuss the Whitney’s dramatic new building and their inaugural exhibition. Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney’s building in the Meatpacking District vastly increases the museum’s exhibition and programming space, offering the most expansive display ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.
Elisabeth Sussman was the 2013 recipient of the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. Most recently, she co-curated Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner (2015). Previously, along with co-curator Jay Sanders, she curated the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Before coming to the Whitney, Sussman served as Interim and Deputy Director for Programs (1989-91) at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Also at the ICA, she was Chief Curator from 1982 to 1989, and Curator from 1976 to 1982. She has taught at M.I.T. and Tufts.
The Stoddard Art Lecture series was established by New Canaan Library in the fall of 2011 to enrich and broaden the community’s understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts in all its forms. The Stoddard Lecture is unique in that it is endowed; once the fund reaches a certain point from contributions the series will operate in perpetuity. It is indeed a lasting gift, honoring lifelong learners, benefiting others and improving the Library.