Zeit Contemporary Art is pleased to announce a new episode of PERSPECTIVES. This second installment of the podcast series, presented in conjunction with the online viewing room Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, focusses on the late years of the artist’s career. Art historian Samuel Shapiro sits with Jessica Beck and Mark Loiacono, two of the field’s leading experts to talk about Warhol’s late work, about his final decade, the 1980s. Long underappreciated ―scorned by some and simply ignored by most― this crucial period of Warhol’s career has just recently begun to be reevaluated, leading to exhibitions and a wealth of new scholarship about an artist many thought they knew all too well. In this conversation, they debate whether the late Warhol was no longer successful or resurgently experimental, discussing a wide range of his artistic production and how it has come to be seen in a new light.
Jessica Beck is the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, where she’s worked since 2014. Trained as an art historian at the University of Chicago and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Jessica has curated many Warhol projects, including Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body, Adman: Warhol Before Pop, and Andy Warhol: Sixty Last Suppers. Jessica has been a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and, during the Warhol Museum’s current closure, she’s taken on another understudied aspect of Warhol’s practice―his many published books―through a series of short lectures on the Warhol Museum’s YouTube channel.
Mark Loiacono is a Brooklyn-based art historian, writer and curator with a Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. He teaches Art and Design History and Theory at the Parsons School of Design and has written and lectured extensively on Warhol. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Warhol’s abstractions and he served as the Curatorial Research Associate for the recent blockbuster exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Zeit Contemporary Art is pleased to present PERSPECTIVES, a new podcast on art and its ideas. In each episode Samuel Shapiro will assemble the voices of thinkers, artists and philosophers who approach art and its role in contemporary society from unique points of view.
In this first episode, Samuel Shapiro sits with Dr. Eva Specker, a prominent psychologist at the University of Vienna. As a researcher in the department of cognition, emotion, and methods in psychology, a member of the Empirical Visual Aesthetics Lab, and a member of the board of the journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Eva dedicates her scientific career to questions that might at first seem to belong more to the realm of art history. She investigates how emotion is communicated through works of art, how we experience awe, how environmental context changes the way we look at art, and even how curatorial narratives shape perception. Accordingly, her research takes place in scientific laboratories and art museums, alike. She’s conducted fieldwork in the Albertina and Belvedere Museums in Vienna, the Queens Museum in New York, and at the Venice Biennale.
Uniquely positioned between the fields of psychology and art history, Eva is deeply invested in the question of what happens when we look at a work of art. In this conversation they discuss experience and emotion, objectifying the subjective, data-driven curating, authenticity and reproduction, and how our current state of lockdown might impact our emotional relationship to art.