Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Photography Laurie Simmons Oct. 9

This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and
open to the public each Tuesday from September 4 through November 13, excluding September 18 and November 6.

Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s auditorium. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250; a live broadcast of the presentations is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. A limited number of tickets (limit two per person) will be available for purchase ($5 each) from 10 am until 4 pm the day of the lecture online at www.themodern.org/programs/lectures. Free admission tickets (limit two per person) are available at the Modern’s information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. The museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series (general admission applies).

Café Modern serves cocktails and appetizers until 6:45 pm on Tuesday nights during the lecture series.
Revisit the insightful lectures from Tuesday Evenings or discover new ways to look at works in the Museum’s collection with the Modern Podcasts. Hear artists speak about their work, or listen to curators’ perspectives and discussions. Visit www.themodern.org/podcasts. Video recordings of the lectures are available on the Modern’s YouTube channel.


October 9
The strange emotional pull in each picture comes from the artist’s obsessive need to make it.
Calvin Tomkins, “A Doll’s House: Laurie Simmons’s Sense of Scale,” New Yorker, December 10, 2012
Artist Laurie Simmons discusses the making of the Modern’s major survey Big Camera/Little Camera with the exhibition’s curator, Modern Senior Curator Andrea Karnes. Simmons is a hands-on artist who has participated wholly with Karnes in presenting the most honest and compelling survey of a career possible. Karnes’s abiding interest in Simmons’s work is evident in this inquisitive and insightful exhibition that probes themes of gender and cultural expectations that, as presented here, are consistently relevant across time. As noted by Karnes in her catalogue essay, “Finding Jane,” “Examining key works over the span of Simmons’s career elucidates how photography became the ideal framework for her observations of archetypal Western gender roles-a topic as potent today as it was when she first began making art.”
This special presentation offers insight into Simmons’s work featured in the exhibition, her career, and the processes and premise of Big Camera/Little Camera as a collaborative effort between artist and curator.
Oct 14, 2018 – Jan 27, 2019

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents a major survey of works by Laurie Simmons (American, born 1949), organized by Andrea Karnes, senior curator, with full support of the artist. This exhibition will showcase the artist’s photographs spanning the last four decades, from 1976 to the present, a small selection of sculpture, and two films.

Iva Kinnaird in conversation with Shelby David Meier
October 2, 7 pm
Houston based multimedia and performance artist, Iva Kinnaird is in conversation with Dallas artist, Shelby David Meier whose multifarious work reflects an interest in the “mundane.” Meier and Kinnard share a comedic intelligence. They have collaborated on an exhibition of their work and both have the distinction, among others, of showing individually at Culture Hole in Dallas.
Andrea Karnes in conversation with Laurie Simmons
October 9, 7 pm
Artist, Laurie Simmons discusses the making of the Modern’s Big Camera Little Camera with the exhibition’s curator and Modern Senior Curator, Andrea Karnes. This special presentation offers insight into Simmons’ work featured in the exhibition, her career and the processes and premise of Big Camera Little Camera as a collaborative effort between artist and curator.
Noah Simblist and artist lauren woods in conversation with Dr. Max Krochmal 
October 16, 7 pm
In a panel discussion, What Remains: The Legacy and Future of Confederate Monuments curator, writer
and artist, Noah Simblist  and artist lauren woods converse with American historian Dr. Max Krochmal concerning the ways that communities tell the stories of our communal histories through art, scholarship, archives, and the built environment with a crucial element of the discussion being the yet unresolved issue of how we reconcile competing perspectives on the same moment in time, whether it is the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights era, or Black Lives Matter activism.
Hans Butzer, AIA*
October 23, 6 pm

Architect and director of the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, Hans Butzer, AIA, in conjunction with Fort Worth AIA’s 2016 Design Awards, presents the ideas and practices behind BAU Butzer Architects and Urbanism where they “design place that is between and within, that is legible and with purpose.”

*A reception will be held in the Grand Lobby at 5:30 pm, the lecture begins at 6 pm, and the AIA Fort Worth Design Award announcements are at 6:45 pm.
Liliana Porter
October 30, 7 pm
New York based artist, Liliana Porter works across mediums producing “theatrical vignettes” that she explains are “constructed as visual comments that speak of the human condition.” Interested in “the simultaneity of humor and distress, banality and possibility of meaning,” Porter presents such work and ideas for this Tuesday Evenings presentation.
Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham
November 13, 7 pm
Artist, Laurie Simmons in conversation with her husband, artist Carroll Dunham for an extraordinary presentation in which two renowned artists discuss the role art plays in their life together and how their life together informs their art, all in conjunction with the Modern’s survey of Simmons’ art, Big Camera Little Camera.
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