A panel discussion with artist Clifford Ross and critic Robert Storr based on a screening of Harmonium Mountain, an animated, computer-generated landscape video by Clifford Ross with an original score by Philip Glass.
Clifford Ross began his career as a painter and sculptor after graduating from Yale in 1974 with a degrees in Art and Art History. In 1995, he turned his attention toward photography and other media.
Frustrated by the lack of detail available with existing cameras, Clifford invented and patented the "R1" camera in 2002 and made some of the highest resolution large-scale landscapes in the world. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. His book of photographs, Wave Music, includes an essay by philosopher Arthur Danto and an interview by novelist A.M. Homes.
He is represented by Sonnabend Gallery in New York. In 2009, a ten-year survey of his photographic work was exhibited at the Austin Museum of Art, and an exhibition of his Mountain and Hurricane series opened at the MADRE/Museo Archeologico in Naples, Italy. His work was also shown at Robilant +Voena Galleries/London and Milan, and Sonnabend Gallery/New York. His current work includes a stained glass wall for the new federal courthouse in Austin, Texas and he recently completed Harmonium Mountain, an animated, computer generated landscape video, with an original score by Philip Glass.
Mr. Storr received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1972 and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978. He was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman, in addition to coordinating the Projects series from 1990 to 2000.
In 2002 he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Mr. Storr has also taught at the CUNY graduate center and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies as well as the Rhodes Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, New York Studio School, and Harvard University, and has been a frequent lecturer in this country and abroad. He has been a contributing editor at Art in America since 1981 and writes frequently for Artforum, Parkett, Art Press (Paris), and Frieze (London). He has written numerous catalogs, articles, and books, including Philip Guston, Chuck Close, and the forthcoming Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois.
Among his many honors he has received honorary doctorates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maine College of Art. In 2000 the French Ministry of Culture presented him with the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Mr. Storr was appointed professor of painting/printmaking and dean of Yale University's School of Art in 2006.