Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium

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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.


Emily Liebert
 is Curator of Contemporary Art at the The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). Since joining the museum in 2017, she has curated and co-curated exhibitions focused on Kerry James Marshall, Liu Wei, and Raúl de Nieves; a forthcoming exhibition with Laura Owens opens in summer 2020. Liebert also co-organized, with Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, the CMA’s first site-specific commission in its central atrium, Emeka Ogboh’s Ámà: The Gathering Place (2019). Before her appointment at the CMA, Liebert worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as curatorial assistant for the retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends (2017) and contributed to its catalogue. Liebert curated Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s “Selves” (2013), which opened at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Previously, at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, Liebert was coordinator for education and public affairs. She holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Columbia University. At Columbia, Liebert taught in the Department of Art History and in its School of the Arts. Her art criticism has appeared in Artforum and Frieze.

Jim Denomie was born in Hayward, Wisconsin and is a member of the Lac Court Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. Currently, he lives and works in Franconia, Minnesota. Primarily a painter, his narrative work focuses on political, social, and cultural issues (both current and historical). In 1995 he received a BFA degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and since has shown in over 120 exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. A recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships, his work is also in the permanent collections of numerous museums as well as many other public and private collections.

Chris Larson is a multi-media artist based in St. Paul and an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Larson is the publisher of INREVIEW, a print publication presenting critical responses to art in the Twin Cities. Recently he also co-founded Second Shift Studio Space of St. Paul, a nonprofit residency program and gallery serving artists in the Twin Cities that identify as female. He received his BFA from Bethel College and his MFA from Yale University.

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.