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  • Livestream Environments Examined Lecture | Forces of Nature: A Conversation with Nora Atkinson and Emily Zilber

    Thursday, April 29, 2021
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Add to Calendar 04/29/2021 5:30 PM 04/29/2021 6:30 PM America/New_York Livestream Environments Examined Lecture | Forces of Nature: A Conversation with Nora Atkinson and Emily Zilber

    Nora Atkinson, Fleur and Charles Bresley Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

    Emily Zilber, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the Wharton Esherick Museum

    Free and open to the public | Suggested $10 donation for Not-Yet-Members
    Location: Zoom | Register to receive link

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    Lecture Description

    Take a deep dive into Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 with Nora Atkinson, Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Guest Curator Emily Zilber. The exhibition focuses on four artists whose creative engagement with the natural world allows us to explore what it means to be human. We’ll pay special attention to two site-specific installations created using materials including fiber, glass, mosaic. These works which examine the idea of environment in a broad sense and through physical engagement with the unique architecture of the Renwick Gallery.

    About Nora Atkinson

    Nora Atkinson is the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and was named Washingtonian Magazine’s 2018 “Best Boundary-Pushing Curator” for her work on the critically-acclaimed exhibitions such as, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man (2018) and Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (2017). Atkinson joined the Renwick in 2014 and was part of the team responsible for the gallery’s major two-year renovation and reinvention. She has written and spoken extensively on her work, and was honored to be included in the 2018 TED Conference in Vancouver, BC.  Before joining the Smithsonian, Atkinson was curator at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Wash., from 2006 to 2014.

    About Emily Zilber

    Emily Zilber is the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the Wharton Esherick Museum. She maintains an independent curatorial and consulting practice, including her work with the Renwick Gallery as Guest Curator for Forces of Nature, and teaches at Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Zilber was the first Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she served from 2010-2018. She has also held positions as Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and Editor of Metalsmith. Zilber serves on the boards of the Center for Craft in Asheville, NC and CraftNOW Philadelphia.


    Event Format: This is a Zoom Webinar – that means your camera and microphone won’t be activated, and you’ll be able to just sit back, relax and listen in. A chat box will be available for you to engage with the other attendees and ask questions.
     
    The Zoom link will be included in your confirmation email once you register, and will include simple instructions on how to join with your computer, mobile phone or tablet. 
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    Nora Atkinson, Fleur and Charles Bresley Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

    Emily Zilber, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the Wharton Esherick Museum

    Free and open to the public | Suggested $10 donation for Not-Yet-Members
    Location: Zoom | Register to receive link

    Watch lecture 

    Lecture Description

    Take a deep dive into Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 with Nora Atkinson, Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Guest Curator Emily Zilber. The exhibition focuses on four artists whose creative engagement with the natural world allows us to explore what it means to be human. We’ll pay special attention to two site-specific installations created using materials including fiber, glass, mosaic. These works which examine the idea of environment in a broad sense and through physical engagement with the unique architecture of the Renwick Gallery.

    About Nora Atkinson

    Nora Atkinson is the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and was named Washingtonian Magazine’s 2018 “Best Boundary-Pushing Curator” for her work on the critically-acclaimed exhibitions such as, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man (2018) and Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (2017). Atkinson joined the Renwick in 2014 and was part of the team responsible for the gallery’s major two-year renovation and reinvention. She has written and spoken extensively on her work, and was honored to be included in the 2018 TED Conference in Vancouver, BC.  Before joining the Smithsonian, Atkinson was curator at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Wash., from 2006 to 2014.

    About Emily Zilber

    Emily Zilber is the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the Wharton Esherick Museum. She maintains an independent curatorial and consulting practice, including her work with the Renwick Gallery as Guest Curator for Forces of Nature, and teaches at Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Zilber was the first Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she served from 2010-2018. She has also held positions as Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and Editor of Metalsmith. Zilber serves on the boards of the Center for Craft in Asheville, NC and CraftNOW Philadelphia.


    Event Format: This is a Zoom Webinar – that means your camera and microphone won’t be activated, and you’ll be able to just sit back, relax and listen in. A chat box will be available for you to engage with the other attendees and ask questions.
     
    The Zoom link will be included in your confirmation email once you register, and will include simple instructions on how to join with your computer, mobile phone or tablet.