Seminar Series/Graduate Lecture Series: Lynne Cooke

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April 24, 2014
3:00 pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
Ahmanson Auditorium

Ahmanson AuditoriumMuseum of Contemporary Art250 South Grand AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90012 Lynne CookeAndrew W. Mellon ProfessorCenter for Advanced Study in the Visual ArtsNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Outside In: Outliers and the Mainstream c. 1924-1943

This project is Part 1 of a three-part endeavor that explores the dynamic relationship between self-taught artists and the professional art world in the United States in the twentieth century. This study focuses on the ways in which the center—the mainstream—has “discovered”, defined, and appropriated such work in relation to its own ongoing cultural and aesthetic debates and needs by probing the varied responses of vanguard artists, theorists, curators, collectors and art institutions.

Readings for this event:



Cardinal 'Toward an Outsider Aesthetic' 


Lynne Cooke is Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.  She served as chief curator and deputy director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid from 2008 to 2012 and as curator at Dia Art Foundation from 1991 to 2008.  In 1991, Cooke cocurated the Carnegie International, and has helmed numerous major shows since, including the 10th Biennale of Sydney (1996), the traveling exhibition “Rosemarie Trockel: Cosmos” (2012), and “Cristina Iglesias: A Place of Reflection,” recently on view at the Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janiero.  She is currently working on a project researching the interface between mainstream and outlier artists in the United States in the twentieth century.  

The Seminar Series is programmed by the Contemporary Working Group, a newly inaugurated interdisciplinary research group, generously funded by a USC Research Collaboration Fund, for practitioners across the humanities and fine arts who are working on contemporary research topics or making creative work in relation to the contemporary field.  For more information about The CWG, read more here.

This event is co-sponsored with VSRI.