Robert Storr: How Art Really Matters When Push Comes To Shove

Portrait of Robert Storr by Lyle Ashton Harris

22 Nov 2017

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Star curator, artist and author Robert Storr joins us for a lecture which takes as its starting point the struggle for concentration and a feeling that not everything is futile under the current political and environmental circumstances which many people across the globe presently find themselves in. As he states: “The US is only just entering this dark zone but we can already grasp its ramifications, though we have yet to glimpse its outer boundaries or deepest depths.”

Professor Storr will examine how in such situations, art’s affirmative as well as critical capacity becomes paramount “because everyone is playing for keeps, not just for art world attention and advantage”. 

Robert Storr is former Dean (2006-2016) and current Professor of Painting at the Yale School of Art, USA. In 2007, he was the first American Director of Visual Arts of the Venice Biennale. His distinguished career also includes tenure as Senior Curator  of Painting and Sculpture (1990 - 2002) at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York as well as writing, public speaking and advocacy for modern and contemporary artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Max Beckmann, Chuck Close, Ilya Kabakov, Elizabeth Murray, Adrian Piper, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman and Tony Smith.

Professor Storr has also received many awards for his contributions to art criticism and scholarship and has been described as the 'kingmaker' by The New Criterion and “a vital link between the museum and academia” by NY Magazine.  His visits to Chelsea are always extremely popular (and thought-provoking) so booking is essential.

Image: Portrait of Robert Storr by Lyle Ashton Harris