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Mary Ceruti © Bobby Rogers; Marc Glimcher © Axel Dupeux; Kasper König © Arne Wesenberg, 2014


Claes and Coosje’s Duet

A Panel Discussion on Oldenburg and van Bruggen with Mary Ceruti, Marc Glimcher, and Kasper König

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021
Zoom Webinar

In conjunction with the exhibition Claes and Coosje: A Duet, this panel brings together three distinguished voices in a conversation around Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s sculptural collaboration.

One of the twentieth century’s most iconic creative partnerships, Oldenburg and van Bruggen collectively authored some of the best-known and most beloved works of public sculpture around the world. Conveying humor and wit as well as nostalgia and melancholy—and addressing themes from labor and leisure to pleasure and precarity—their works transform everyday objects into architectures of feeling. The panel discussion addresses the legacy of their influential work together, paying critical attention to the historical undervaluation of van Bruggen’s contribution, while shedding new light on the fruitful push-and-pull between her critical and philosophical insights, on the one hand, and Oldenburg’s sculptural genius, on the other.

The discussion will be moderated by Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Director at Pace.

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Claes and Coosje’s Duet: A Panel Discussion on Oldenburg and van Bruggen
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021
Zoom Webinar


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Mary Ceruti

Mary Ceruti is the Executive Director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Before joining the Walker in January 2019, Ceruti served for 19 years as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of SculptureCenter in Long Island City, NY. During her SculptureCenter tenure, she spearheaded two major building projects, including a $5 million capital campaign in 2014. Mary has organized dozens of solo and group exhibitions of contemporary art, and curated special projects and commissions by more than 50 emerging and established artists, including NairyBaghramian, Sanford Biggers, Monica Bonvicini, Alejandro Cesarco, Liz Glynn, Leslie Hewitt, Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Xaviera Simmons, and Mika Tajima, among many others. Prior toSculptureCenter, Mary worked as an independent writer and curator with various arts institutions and agencies, including the San Francisco Arts Commission and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. From 1992-1998, Mary served as the Director of Programs at Capp Street Project, an acclaimed international residency program where she commissioned large-scale, site-specific installation projects in San Francisco by artists such as Janine Antoni, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Cildo Meireles, and Fred Wilson. She began her career as a Curatorial Assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mary holds a dual BA in Philosophy from Haverford College and in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. She received her MA from the Inter-Arts Center at San Francisco State University after pursuing an in-depth study of community-based public art projects. Mary helped establish the Long Island City Cultural Alliance, was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Long Island City Partnership, and has served on numerous cultural advisory boards, including the Sunnyside Yard Steering Committee and the Park Avenue Sculpture Committee.

Marc Glimcher

Marc Glimcher has served as President and CEO of Pace Gallery since 2011. He joined the gallery in 1985 as Associate Director and became President in 1993. Under his leadership, Pace has greatly expanded the scope of its artist representation, adding major international contemporary artists such as Jo Baer, Tara Donovan, AdrianGhenie, Loie Hollowell, Yoshitomo Nara, Adam Pendleton, and Lee Ufan. Glimcher has also added prominent artist estates, including The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Acconci Studio, to Pace’s roster, advancing the gallery’s mission to support the work of the leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Glimcher has opened galleries in London, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Geneva over the last decade, spearheading Pace’s geographic expansion worldwide. In the process, he has introduced the gallery’s program to an increasingly international audience of private and institutional collectors and positioned Pace as a pioneer of the increasingly global and intercultural art world.

In New York City, Glimcher oversaw the design and construction of Pace’s recently opened new flagship gallery and headquarters at 540 West 25th Street in Chelsea. Designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, the eight-story, 75,000-square-foot building accommodates a broad range of installation styles and artistic mediums. He has assembled a world class team of curators to lead the launch of Pace Live, a new extension of the gallery, which presents media works by such artists as DRIFT and teamLab, live performances, and public programming.

With the 60th anniversary of Pace Gallery in 2020, the flagship building represents Glimcher’s vision for how galleries should operate. Open to the public, the gallery is intended to be experiential and inviting, not just to view a new exhibition, but to linger on the sculpture-filled terrace, among the shelves in the library and the open racks of art, or in the performance space that is home to Pace Live.

Glimcher has curated dozens of exhibitions including Jean Dubuffet: A Retrospective; Je suis le cahier—The Sketchbooks of Picasso, the only comprehensive exhibition of Picasso’s sketchbooks, which traveled to seventeen museums in eleven countries; Mark Rothko: The Last Paintings; Earthly Forms: The Biomorphic Sculpture of Arp, Calder, and Noguchi; Alexander Calder: From Model to Monument; and Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based Art, which chronicled the use of rules and systems in Modern and Contemporary art and included a catalogue essay by Glimcher.

Kasper König

Professor Dr. h.c. Kasper König (*1943) was only twenty-three years old when he curated a Claes Oldenburgexhibition for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He organized several exhibitions and published numerous books while living in New York and Nova Scotia from the mid-1960s until the late 1970s. In 1985, König became Professor of Art and the Public at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf. Three years later, he accepted a professorship at the Städelschule Frankfurt, where he served as president of this fine arts college from 1989 until 2000. During this same period he was Founding Director of the Portikus, an exhibition hall in Frankfurt. König has organized several large exhibitions, including Westkunst (1981) in the Messehallen, Cologne; von hier aus (1984) in the Messe, Düsseldorf; and Der zerbrochene Spiegel (1993) in Vienna and Hamburg with Hans Ulrich Obrist. Together with Klaus Bußmann, he co-initiated and organized the Skulptur Projekte Münster in 1977 with following editions in 1987, 1997, 2007 and 2017. From 2000 – 2012 he served as Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Kasper König was also Chief Curator of Manifesta 10, which took place in St. Petersburg in 2014 and recently served asArtistic Director of Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017.

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