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UTCP Lecture “In Memory of Minimalism: Anne Truitt and the Problem of Memory in Midcentury American Art”

June 23 (wed) 2010, 6 pm
Collaboration Room 3 | 4th Fl | Bldg 18 | The University of Tokyo, Komaba [Map]

UTCP Lecture
In Memory of Minimalism
Anne Truitt and the Problem of Memory in American Midcentury Art

Miguel de Baca (Lake Forest College)

Despite the fact that it is a core dimension of human experience, memory has been traditionally ignored within the discussion of post-1960 art in favor of formalist or conceptual interpretations. Yet memory is undeniably an important aspect of art-making practice as a whole, and it is an especially useful lens through which to consider minimalist artwork. This paper will discuss the ways in which memory was erased from the critical literature on midcentury painting and sculpture, both in its own time and in subsequent academic generations. Then, it will address the study of memory in the American minimalist sculptor Anne Truitt’s early works. Truitt’s sculptures contribute to the critical study of midcentury art more generally, bringing to mind geographies from both individual memory and a collective perspective. Last, we will briefly address Truitt’s time in Tokyo (1964-1967), and its influences on her subsequent work.

About the speaker:
Miguel de Baca is an Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Lake Forest College. Prof. de Baca earned his B.A. at Stanford University in 2002 and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2009. His Ph.D. dissertation, Memory Work: Anne Truitt and Sculpture in the 1960s, is currently in development as a manuscript for publication. Prof. de Baca’s research has been underwritten by many prestigious granting organizations, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks, various organizations within Harvard University, and most recently, the Great Lakes College Association. Prof. de Baca is a practiced educator, having taught part-time at Harvard and at the University of Notre Dame, joining the full-time faculty of Lake Forest College in 2009. His research interests include American art, modern and contemporary art, the history of photography, and video art.

Language: English
Admission free | Open to public
info: image.studies[at]

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