Noted art historian Richard Kendall discusses his controversial exhibit Picasso Looks at Degas, the first exploration of Picasso's lifelong fascination with Degas, presented by The Clark.
Using pairings of Picasso's Two Dancers against Degas' Ballet Dancers, Standing Nude against Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, and Running Woman against Grand Arabesque, Second Time, Kendall demonstrates how the exhibit challenges us to question how we ourselves look at modern art.
EXCERPT from PillowTalk: Picasso Looks at Degas / Others Look at Boléro recorded August 21, 2010. Moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Nancy Wozny. Additional guest: Johannes Öhman, Artistic Director of The Göteborg Ballet.
PillowTalks feature world-renowned choreographers, dancers, authors, filmmakers, historians, and critics in live hour-long moderated discussions of the cultural forces shaping the field of dance. Curated by Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen and moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholars-in-Residence, PillowTalks use dance as a prism to explore the world at large.
Exhibition curator and independent scholar Richard Kendall is Curator at Large for The Clark. He received his master's degree in art history from Courtauld Institutue of Art in London in 1971. In 1996, Kendall received the Hawthornden Prize for Art Criticism, awarded for the catalogue of Degas: Beyond Impressionism. He most recently curated the exhibition Degas and the Dance for the Detroit Institute of Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Kendall has written several books and scholarly catalogues, articles in scholarly journals, catalogues for private galleries, and exhibition and book reviews, along with delivered lectures and papers at institutions in Europe and the United States. Many have heard and seen his work as a consultant, writer and narrator on television and radio programs including a one-hour film in the Great Performances Series, Degas and the Dance on New York channel 13. www.clarkart.edu
Dance writer and scholar Nancy Wozny, is a contributing editor at Dance Magazine and covers the arts at CultureMap in Houston, TX. Her work has appeared in The Houston Chronicle, Pointe, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Artshouston,
Culturevulture, Dance Source Houston, Dance Studio Life, and other publications.
She is a 2005 NEA Fellow of the American Dance Festival's Institute for Dance Criticism. She is also a 2004 recipient of the Gary Parks Memorial Award for Emerging Dance Critics, a two-time recipient of Artists Project Grants from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, a 2001 finalist for the Sommerville Award in Somatic Writing, and a 1994 Research Fellow at the Leonard Bernstein Center for the Arts and Education.