“Cheryl Donegan: Scenes + Commercials,” 2016. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio
Cheryl Donegan has described her 2000 video Whoa Whoa Studio (for Courbet) as a “capstone” work that examines questions of the indexical mark, the body, figuration, and the legacy of the readymade—themes that she has creatively engaged with throughout her twenty-year career. For this month’s New Perspectives tour, we will perform a close reading of Donegan’s representation of the studio space within this work, in relation to the Education and Public Engagement Department’s Spring 2016 R&D Season theme of LEGACY. We will also explore the video’s connection to Gustave Courbet’s 1855 work The Painter’s Studio: a real allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life.
New Perspectives tours are led by the New Museum Teaching Fellow, an emerging scholar in art history or a related field. The topics of the tours are based on the Fellow’s ongoing research and change monthly, engaging participants in uniquely focused examinations of selected objects and installations. To read descriptions of current and upcoming New Perspectives tours, please view the calendar. New Perspectives tours are free with Museum admission. Due to limited capacity, please preregister here.
New Museum Teaching Fellow Maggie Mustard is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, where she is completing her dissertation on postwar Japanese photography.