As museums across the city open new exhibitions, downtown Manhattan’s New Museum has a fall schedule that is prominently featuring two members of the SVA community. Alumnus Elizabeth Peyton (1987 Fine Arts) has “Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton,” the 1st survey of her work by an American institution, on view October 8, 2008 – January 11, 2009. The show will feature more than 100 works made by the painter over the past 15 years, including her many celebrity portraits. Also on view is “Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone,” a retrospective of painting, sculpture and furniture works by BFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Mary Heilmann. The exhibition runs October 22, 2008 – January 26, 2009.
The New Museum is hosting several public events in conjunction with these shows. On Friday, November 21, at 7:30pm, artist and curator Matthew Higgs will interview Peyton using a list of questions contributed by 20 artists, curators, critics and others; and on Saturday, December 13, at 3pm, artists John Miller and Johanna Burton will join Heilmann to discuss her work. Also, two First Saturdays for Families events will allow parents and children to explore the exhibitions together. On Saturday, November 1, at 10am, the Contemporary Portraiture event will focus on the Peyton show; and on Saturday, December 10, at 10am, The Colors of Abstraction will look at the Heilmann retrospective. All events are free of charge, and patrons will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Image: Mary Heilmann, Music from Big Pink, 2001; courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery New York, and Hauser & Wirth Zurich London.