Art History Alumni Series: Robyn Farrell

Thursday, November 04, 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.

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Robyn Farrell, Associate Curator Art Institute of Chicago, Discusses the Art Institute's Barbara Kruger Retrospective

What is it like to work across the street? This week, media curator extraordinaire Robyn Farrell, MAAH '13, discusses the challenges and rewards of working in the Modern and Contemporary Art department of an encyclopedic museum in light of the major Barbara Kruger retrospective that is currently on view. Particularly if you have or will join Robyn on one of the tours of the show, this talk will be an important complement to the picture of contemporary curating that she will sketch for us.

Robyn Farrell is an associate curator in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. Since joining the department in 2013, she has served on the curatorial teams for Kara Walker: Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! (2013), Frances Stark: Intimism (2015), Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams (2016), and Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again (2019), and organized projects with Andrea Fraser (2016), Rodney McMillian (2017), Martine Syms (2018), Cauleen Smith (2018), Naeem Mohaiemen (co-curated with Hendrik Folkerts, 2019), and Gregg Bordowitz (co-curated with Solveig Nelson, 2019). Her exhibition with Barbara Kruger, THINKING OF YOU. I MEAN ME. I MEAN YOU. (co-curated with James Rondeau) opens in September 2021.

Farrell’s research interests include conceptual art and the moving image, emerging disciplines of media art, artist networks, and the history of exhibition and distribution of film and video. She is a visiting lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a moderator for the Screen to Screen series at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and serves as co-editor (with Delinda Collier) of the forthcoming debut issue of the museum’s digital journal, Art Institute Review. Farrell earned her master’s degree in art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sponsored by the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, the Alumni Series focuses on professional practice and navigating careers in the arts after graduation.

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