Norman Kleeblatt Symposium
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.