Thursday 11/12/20 4PM
Conversations · Exhibition-Related

Shock and Awe: Painting Violence

Cover Image:

Peter Saul, Target Practice, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 91 1/2 × 99 1/2 in (232.4 × 252.7 cm). Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2016. Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York

Featuring curators Lucy Lippard and Peter Eleey and art historian David McCarthy, this panel—moderated by Kraus Family Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari—will take its cues from Peter Saul’s use of shock to consider art that delves headfirst into injustice, war, and oppression.

A recording of this conversation is available here.

Peter Eleey is the Chief Curator of MoMA PS1, which he joined in 2010. Eleey most recently co-organized Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011 with Curator Ruba Katrib.

Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, activist, sometime curator, and author of 25 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, including The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (1997), Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782 (2010), Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West (2014), and most recently Pueblo Chico: Land and Lives in Galisteo Since 1814 (2020). She has co-founded various artists’ organizations and publications. She lives off the grid in rural Galisteo, New Mexico, where for 24 years she has edited the monthly community newsletter El Puente de Galisteo.

David McCarthy is a professor of art history at Rhodes College. He is the author of The Nude in American Painting, 1950–1980 (1998); Pop Art (2000); H. C. Westermann at War: Art and Manhood in Cold War America (2004); American Artists Against War, 1935–2010 (2015); and numerous essays about American art of the mid-twentieth century.


New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Support for “Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment” can be viewed here.

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