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Seeing Agnes Pelton

In conjunction with the exhibition Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist, this program considers Pelton’s artistic practice, her approach to abstraction, and her relationship to early twentieth-century spiritualism. Scholar Susan Aberth, artist Carrie Moyer, and curators Gilbert Vicario and Barbara Haskell discuss Pelton's oeuvre and consider what it means to look at her work today. 

Susan Aberth is Edith C. Blum Professor of Art History and Visual Culture and Coordinator of Theology Program at Bard College. 

Carrie Moyer is an artist and writer. Her work has been exhibited widely in both the U.S. and Europe. Museums shows include the 2017 Whitney Biennial and a traveling survey, Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny, that originated at the Tang Museum in 2013. Her writing has appeared anthologies and periodicals such as Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Modern Painters, and others. Moyer is a professor in the art and art history department at Hunter College where she is the director of the graduate program. 

Gilbert Vicario is the Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum and the curator of Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist.

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