James Elkins, E.C. Chadbourne Chair of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, joins Donato Loia, the 2019-2020 Vivian L. Smith Fellow at the Menil Collection, for a conversation about Dan Flavin’s untitled (to Barbara Wool), 1970, and the complicated relationship between art, religion, and spirituality in the twentieth century. Currently installed in the Menil Collection as part of the modern and contemporary art galleries, untitled (to Barbara Wool)—one of Flavin’s iconic works—showcases themes often found in his art: the use of light and mass-produced fluorescent tubes, the rise of industrial materials to the status of art, and the implicit reference to a religious aesthetic.
The live event will stream directly on this page and on the Menil’s YouTube channel. No login or RSVP is required. Beginning at 5:45 p.m., tune in early for an excerpt from Conlon Nancarrow’s String Quartet No. 3, performed by the Aizuri Quartet, which was specially selected for this talk by Da Camera.
A short Q&A will follow the conversation. You are invited to submit your questions in advance and during the program to firstname.lastname@example.org.