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Gallery Talk: Painting and Deconstruction with Judy Ledgerwood, Michelle Grabner, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Tue, May 7, 2013, 6–7 pm

In this conversation, Michelle Grabner, Judy Ledgerwood, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discuss their abstract painting practices in relation to the artists and artworks on view in the exhibition, Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962. Commenting on any influences and affinities, they provide contemporary perspectives on destruction as a mode of creation and discuss gender in the context of the era.

Michelle Grabner is an artist and writer who lives in Oak Park. She is a professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute. With her husband Brad Killam, she runs the artist project spaces: The Suburban, Oak Park, IL (est. 1999) and The Poor Farm (est. 2008) in Waupaca County, WI. She is also one of three curators organizing the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Confronting the traditions of modernist painting, Judy Ledgerwood uses color as the primary agent to question the conventions of painting. Early in her career, Ledgerwood began incorporating traditionally feminine pastel colors into her paintings in an attempt to challenge and undermine the historically male-dominated tradition of abstract painting. Today her compositions include circular motifs typically associated with the decorative arts tradition. Ledgerwood is the recipient of a The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, an Artadia Award, a Tiffany Award in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and an Illinois Art Council Award. Her work is represented in public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago among others. Ledgerwood is a Professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice.

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung is a painter living in Chicago. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a visiting artist at Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice from 2012 to 2013. She has shown her paintings internationally since 2008, and is included in the group show, Painter Painter, at the Walker Art Center in 2013. Molly is represented by Corbett Vs Dempsey in Chicago.