A Talk with Joe Zucker

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(Alicia Longwell and Joe Zucker in front of Boxing Rounds #13, #14, and #15 at the Parrish Art Museum. (Extended loan  from the Collection of Robert S. Taubman, Courtesy of Marlborough Contemporary, New York and London) Photo: Britta Le Va.

On Friday, June 26, at 5 p.m., the Parrish Art Museum’s chief curator, Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., will give a livestream illustrated talk with collection artist Joe Zucker about his new monograph, “Joe Zucker” (Thames & Hudson, 2020).

Zucker’s art is rooted in a conceptual framework where tools, materials, processes, procedures, content, and subject matter are all interrelated. The career-spanning survey covers nearly a half century of the East Hampton-based artist’s entire body of work — from the 1960s grid paintings to his latest work, including the monumental “1000 Brushstrokes” (2015–2016).The public is invited to join the live stream talk which is part of the museum’s “Friday Nights Live!” series, and take part in a live chat following the presentation.

Zucker employs materials such as cotton balls, sash cords, and pegboards, and acrylic and rhoplex in his work, exploring themes including the history of cotton, ancient civilizations. Over the past five decades, Zucker’s work has ranged from personal to complex, often relating to the processes and materials. The 256-page monograph, covering the breadth and depth of his output, features an introduction by editor John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Other editors are Terry R. Myers critic, curator, and professor at the Art Institute of Chicago; Alex Bacon, scholar, writer, and curator; and Phong Bui, artist, writer, curator, and publisher of The Brooklyn Rail.

Originally from Chicago, Joe Zucker (American, born 1941) received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been shown at The Art Institute of Chicago; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Honolulu Museum of Art; the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, MOMA, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Walker Art Center.

Log in information for the talk is at parrishart.org.

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