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Charles Burchfield

1893–1967

About this artist: Charles Burchfield

Charles Burchfield, Noontide in Late May, 1917  31.408
Charles Burchfield, Ice Glare, 1933  33.64
Charles Burchfield, Night Scene, 1935  77.117

September 15, 2010
Conversations on Art:
Robert Gober and Donna De Salvo on Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield

Robert Gober. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Robert Gober. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Donna De Salvo and Robert Gober. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Donna De Salvo and Robert Gober. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Celebrated by critics and known to a broad public audience during his lifetime, Charles Burchfield is curiously under-appreciated today. Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield provides the most comprehensive examination to date of this modernist master. In this conversation, Robert Gober, acclaimed sculptor and curator of Heat Waves in a Swamp, and Donna De Salvo, Whitney chief curator, discuss Burchfield, the exhibition, his subjects, and his process.

June 25, 2010
Backyard Birds: An Evening of Prose and Music Celebrating Charles Burchfield

Andy Stack’s keyboard. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Andy Stack’s keyboard. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Charles Burchfield reveled in the sounds, sights, and sensations of nature. He often wrote about his experiences in his journals, and his close study of nature is apparent in his paintings. Listen to a reading of excerpts from Burchfield’s journals by Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, paired with a performance of songs by Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater who will be joined by Andy Stack of Wye Oak. Rosen and Meiburg both share Burchfield’s enthusiasm for nature, particularly birds. Discover the wonders in paying attention to the backyard bird.

September 28, 2010
Conversations on Art:
Will Work for Art

From left Amy Sillman, Katy Siegel, Matthew Brannon, and Marilyn Minter. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Amy Sillman, Katy Siegel, Matthew Brannon, and Marilyn Minter. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

How do artists find ways to support their careers? Inspired by Charles Burchfield’s experience working as a wallpaper designer while simultaneously trying to maintain and further his art career, this roundtable conversation explores the challenges and successes that contemporary artists have faced balancing their art and the jobs that support it. From fashion photography to an Alaskan cannery, artists Marilyn Minter, Matthew Brannon, and Amy Sillman discuss the varied experiences they pursued in addition to their artistic practices. Moderated by Katy Siegel.

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