Recipients of the State of Connecticut Governor’s Arts Awards from the worlds of music, poetry, visual arts and more will reflect on their own work, what it means to create locally, and the ways in which they engage with regional, national and international networks that foster creative talent while maintaining a home base in the state of Connecticut.
The conversation will be moderated by Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery.
About the Panelists
Jimmy Greene is a jazz musician and saxophonist.
Olu Oguibe An artist and a public intellectual, Olu Oguibe's work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and other major venues around the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, London Whitechapel Gallery and the Johannesburg, Havana, Busan and Venice international biennials, among others. He has also curated major exhibitions for venues such as the Venice biennial, the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London, the municipal museum of Mexico City, and numerous others over the past two decades. Having begun his career as a literary and theatre critic writing in the London weekly, West Africa magazine, Oguibe has gone on to make seminal contributions to contemporary art theory and criticism as well as postcolonial and new information technology studies with several books and over a hundred published articles and essays. He is also an award-winning poet with several collections of poetry to his credit. A self-described recluse, Olu Oguibe makes his home in the historic village of Rockville, Connecticut where he keeps a studio and tends his collection of classic British sports cars and 19th century Connecticut shelf and mantle clocks. He is Professor of Art and African American Studies at University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a senior fellow of the Smithsonian Institution and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at New School University, New York.
Jock Reynolds (moderator) Jock Reynolds is the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery. He earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.F.A. from the University of California at Davis. From 1973 to 1983, he was an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art at California State University at San Francisco, and also a co-founder of New Langton Arts, one of San Francisco’s premier alternative artists’ spaces. From 1983 to 1989, he served as the Executive Director of the Washington Project for the Arts, a multi-disciplinary visual artists’ organization in Washington, D.C. He then became Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, in 1989, a position he held until assuming the directorship of the Gallery in 1998. For his work as an artist, Reynolds has garnered numerous grants and awards, including two NEA Visual Artists Fellowships and multiple NEA Art in Public Places project awards. Frequently made in collaboration with his wife, Suzanne Hellmuth, his artwork has been exhibited broadly in the realms of visual art and theater and is represented in the collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MoMA, the Walker Art Center, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, University of Washington, J. Paul Getty Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, the Harvard University Art Museums. Among his latest curatorial projects is Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, a collaboration of the Yale University Art Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art, which opened in November of 2008 and will remain on public view through 2033. He also co-curated the Gallery’s internationally traveling photographic retrospective Robert Adams: The Place We Live. He has overseen the major renovation, expansion, and reinstallation of the Yale University Art Gallery’s exhibition, teaching, and collection facilities, which opened to great acclaim in December 2012.
Sat, June 15, 2013, 3:00pm
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