Norman Kleeblatt at Work: Conversations on a Curatorial Practice

Calvin Tsao to speak at symposium in honor of Norman Kleeblatt’s career.

Friday, November 2, 2018
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street

Norman Kleeblatt (MA Art History, Diploma in Conservation, IFA ‘75) is a curator, art historian, and critic, especially renowned for his well-crafted and broad ranging yet highly personal exhibitions. Since the 1980s, his shows have introduced new discursive frames for modern and contemporary art and society in Europe and the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. He recently stepped down from his position as Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum after a tenure of over forty years at the institution. This symposium will be an opportunity for scholars and artists to reflect on and discuss Kleeblatt’s most influential exhibitions, including The Dreyfus Affair: Art, Truth and Justice (1987), Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Identities (1996), and Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976 (2008) among many others, as well as his rethinking of art and cultural history, exhibition and institutional models. The afternoon will consist of two thematic sections, each with papers and panel discussions, followed by a conversation with Kleeblatt.


Daniel Belasco,
Executive Director, Al Held Foundation

Maya Benton,
Consulting Curator, International Center of Photography, New York

Mel Bochner

Emily Braun
Distinguished Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Lisa Corrin
Director, Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University

David Joselit
Distinguished Professor, Art History PhD Program, CUNY Graduate Center

Deborah Kass

Mischa Kuball
Professor for Public Art/Spaces, Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Rhonda Lieberman
Writer and Artist

Courtney Martin
Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Dia Art Foundation

Steven Nelson
Director of the African Studies Center and Professor of African and African American Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

Lucy Partman
PhD Candidate, Princeton University

Joan Rosenbaum
Former Director, The Jewish Museum, New York

Lisa Saltzman
Starr Director of Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute

Ken Silver
Silver Professor of Art History, New York University

Robert Slifkin
Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Joan Snyder

Calvin Tsao
Principal, Tsao & McKown Architects

Followed by a reception.

This program has been co-sponsored by the Al Held Foundation, New York.

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