Public Program

Menil Drawing Institute Research Fellow Lecture: Anna Lovatt

Lines of Resolution: Drawing and the Small Screen

The Menil Drawing Institute’s 2022 Research Fellow, Anna Lovatt, delivers a lecture that explores the relationships between drawing, television, and video in art of the 1950s to the 1980s. She considers how artists brought drawing into a critical dialogue with the small screen from Nam June Paik’s Zen for TV, 1963, to Dennis Oppenheim’s A Feedback Situation, 1971, and the Video Drawings Howardena Pindell began in 1973. By rewiring television sets, mapping cybernetic feedback loops, or using the static charge of early television sets to adhere drawings to their screens, artists explored the graphic possibilities of electronic media.

As always, Menil programs are free and open to all.

Attending the program:

This program takes place in the Menil Drawing Institute, located at 1412 W. Main St. Further information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the speaker:

Anna Lovatt is Associate Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her research focuses on the roles of drawing and diagramming in art of the 1960s onwards, particularly Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Land Art and Video Art. She is the author of Drawing Degree Zero: The Line from Minimal to Conceptual Art (Penn State University Press, 2019) and the curator and editor of Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature (Hatje Cantz, 2013). From February to June 2022, Dr. Lovatt is the Menil Drawing Institute Research Fellow.