This fall, the Guggenheim Museum offers three unique opportunities to hear from prominent voices in the arts. Richard Meyer of Stanford University will deliver the Twenty-Eighth Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture, which will focus on American folk artist Morris Hirshfield. In a day-long symposium, Doris Salcedo joins noted writers, philosophers, and scholars. Karen Finley returns with her popular creative intensive, employing exhibitions as sites of inspiration.

Twenty-Eighth Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture: Richard Meyer
“The Master of the Two Left Feet: Morris Hirshfield in the 1940s”
Monday, September 28, 2015, 6:30pm
A Brooklyn tailor and slipper manufacturer who took up art at the age of 65, Morris Hirshfield created wildly stylized paintings of animals, landscapes, and often-nude female figures. Admired by Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, André Breton, and other members of the international avant-garde, Hirshfield was the subject of a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943. Critics largely reviled the exhibition and questioned the museum’s judgment in mounting it. Taking the divided opinion about Hirshfield as its departure point, this lecture addresses the contested status of folk art within modernism and the American museum.

Richard Meyer is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on twentieth-century American art, the history of photography, censorship and the first amendment, and feminist and queer studies. He is the author of What Was Contemporary Art? and Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art, which was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Free event. No advance registration required.

Doris Salcedo: A symposium
Friday, October 2, 11am
Scholars and writers join artist Doris Salcedo (b. 1958, Bogotá) in an interdisciplinary symposium, which will address a broad range of issues germane to her influential practice. The program draws on literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and critical theory, as well as art history, and will conclude with a reception and viewing of Doris Salcedo. Tickets.

Elizabeth Adan, Associate Professor of Art History at California Polytechnic State University
Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Katherine Brinson, Curator, Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and exhibition curator of Doris Salcedo
Leslie Jamison, Assistant Professor in Writing at Columbia University
Roderick Mengham, Reader in English Literature at the University of Cambridge
Jean-Luc Nancy, Professor Emeritus, University of Strasbourg
Alexander Nemerov, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University
Doris Salcedo, whose major retrospective is currently on view at the Guggenheim, lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Public and artist interactions
Disremembering: Art and Trauma in Contemporary Times
With Karen Finley and Amy Khoshbin
October 9–11, 10am–4pm
Extended application deadline: September 17
Led by renowned performance artist and arts educator Karen Finley along with media artist Amy Khoshbin, this three-day intensive explores how creative practice allows everyday citizens to bear witness to states of trauma, whether personal, public, or both. Within the setting of works on view by Alberto Burri and Doris Salcedo, participants will work through prompts in creative writing, camera work, drawing, and other assignments to learn how to utilize the museum as a source of inspiration in their own creative processes. To apply, send a short statement (no longer than one page) about your interest in the course to For more information about course fees, visit

The Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture is made possible by The Hilla von Rebay Foundation.

Doris Salcedo is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This exhibition is supported in part by the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation. The Leadership Committee for Doris Salcedo is gratefully acknowledged for its support, with special thanks to Chair Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian, as well as to Peter Brandt, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, Jill and Peter Kraus, Becky and Jimmy Mayer, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, Jerome and Ellen Stern, and the Walentas Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Colombia.

The Sackler Center for Arts Education is a gift of the Mortimer D. Sackler Family. Endowment funding is provided by The Engelberg Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, The Elaine Terner Cooper Foundation, and the Esther Simon Charitable Trust. Educational activities and/or public programs are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Funding is also provided by the Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund and the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust.

Doris Salcedo Retrospective June 26–October 12, 2015
Doris Salcedo Retrospective June 26–October 12, 2015

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