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A Free, Public Lecture by Artist Eileen Quinlan

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:30 - 8pm

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Image: Eileen Quinlan, Luigi’s Nightmare, 2017

The Fall 2017 Henry Wolf Chair in Photography Lecture will be delivered by Eileen Quinlan on December 7th. It will be held in Room 215F of The Foundation Building and is open to the public.

Eileen Quinlan’s experimental work with photography ranges from the formal to the formless and straddles multiple formats. Encompassing digital and analog, color and black and white, her subjects range from mortality to motherhood. Lately she's confronting environmental collapse, a woman’s right to bodily self-determination, the Sisyphean double-bind of domestic labor, the erotics of middle age, the omnipresence of screenic devices, and living with the specter of terrorism.

Eileen Quinlan (b. 1972, Boston) earned her MFA from Columbia University in 2005. She had her first solo museum exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2009. Her work is in the permanent collections of several institutions, including the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Zabludowicz Collection. Recent exhibitions include “Always starts with an encounter: Wols/Eileen Quinlan”, produced by Radio Athènes, and curated by Helena Papadopoulos at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens,  “Image Support” at the Bergen Kunsthall, “Transmission, Recreation, and Repetition” at the Palais de Beaux-Arts Paris, “What Is a Photograph?” at the International Center for Photography (New York), and “New Photography 2013” at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), “Outside the Lines: Rites of Spring” at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and a two-person exhibition, “Y.O.G.A.” with Matt Keegan at The Kitchen (New York). Previously, Quinlan participated in “Picture Industry” at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, organized by Walead Beshty, and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, White Columns, the White Cube Bermondsey, the Langen Foundation, Mai 36, Marian Goodman Gallery, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Paula Cooper Gallery, among others. She is represented in Europe by Campoli Presti and in New York by Miguel Abreu Gallery. Quinlan’s work is currently on view in the 57th Venice Beinnale “Viva Arte Viva”, curated by Christine Macel. Quinlan teaches in the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and at The Cooper Union.

Image: Eileen Quinlan, Luigi’s Nightmare, 2017

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