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Eternal Return: An Evening Conversation Between Christina Kee & Elizabeth Peyton

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.


Elizabeth Peyton, b. 1965, lives and works in New York. Peyton’s work first attracted public attention in 1993 when an exhibition of her historical portraits was shown in Room 828 at the Chelsea Hotel. Subsequently, Peyton’s work was notably featured in Projects 60: John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton, Luc Tuymans at MoMA in 1997, and in 2004, a number of portraits were selected for the Whitney Biennial. In 2008, A mid-career retrospective, Live Forever, was organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and traveled to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. In 2017, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art presented Elizabeth Peyton: Still Life, the first major survey of Peyton’s art in Japan. The same year, the Villa Medici in Rome exhibited Elizabeth Peyton & Camille Claudel: Eternal Idol in which works by the artists, born a century apart, are shown alongside each other, creating a dialogue between their distinct approaches to portraiture. Other solo exhibitions include: Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2013); Gallery Met, New York (2011, 2014, 2016); and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2009). Most recently, Peyton had a major retrospective at London’s National Portrait Gallery in London until January 2020. This exhibition entitled Aire and Angels traveled to UCCA, Beijing, as Practice in the summer of 2020.

Christina Kee is an artist, writer and curator currently working at The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation in Mount Kisco, NY. A graduate of the New York Studio School, she has over the past decade participated in several conversations as part of its Lecture Series, most recently as moderator of “People Power: A Conversation with Four Figurative Painters.” She has written essays on the work of artists such as Graham Nickson, Esteban Vicente, Jack Bush and Jill Nathanson, and appeared several times on the Artcritical Review Panel.

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