Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium

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The McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to established Minnesota-based artists. In 2017, eight McKnight Visual Artist Fellows were selected to receive $25,000 each and an opportunity to meet with arts professionals from across the country.

This discussion series pairs a nationally-recognized art critic or curator with two McKnight Visual Artist Fellows and offers attendees an opportunity to learn more about the fellowship recipients as well as how their work intersects with broader contemporary art ideas and concerns.


Eugenie Tsai is the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. With Patrick Amsellem, she organized 21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum, a long-term installation that opened in 2008. Previously she was director of curatorial affairs at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. Prior to Joining P.S. 1 in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming associate director for curatorial affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004Robert Smithson, which received the International Association of Art Critics’ first place award for the best monographic exhibition of 2005; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered. Tsai received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a PhD from Columbia University.

David Goldes explores the intersection and overlapping territories of art and science, photography, sculpture and drawing, still life, and performance to form the dynamic ground of his process and work. Physical phenomena including those associated with water, air pressure, and electricity are carefully examined while giving attention to the unexplained mysteries, resonances, and suggested subjectivities that expand simple explanations. He received his BA from SUNY Buffalo, MA from Harvard, and an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop. The Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, represents his work.

Terry Gydesen is a documentary photographer and video artist who has documented the American political landscape for 30 years. Her projects include Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Presidential Campaign, Paul Wellstone and Al Franken’s Senate races and numerous local and national campaigns. Her work ranges from LGBTQ issues to following Operation Rescue and the rise of the religious right. She was the photographer for Prince’s European tour in 1993, resulting in a monograph of her work published by Prince, which is part of the Prince from Minneapolis show at the Weisman Museum and at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. Her latest work Transitions chronicles her parents’ move from their home into assisted living and her father’s death. Gydesen has received four Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant, NEA/Arts Midwest Fellowship, three McKnight Photography fellowships. This is her first McKnight Visual Arts fellowship.

This series is co-presented with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.