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Natalie Frank and Claire Gilman in Conversation

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


Natalie Frank explores contemporary discourse on feminism, sexuality, and violence. Recent drawings and books The Story of O and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Princeton University Press, 2017) use literature as inspiration. Her gouache and chalk pastel drawings of the unsanitized Brothers Grimm tales, brings back, with Jack Zipes’ translations, aspects of sexuality and physical violence left out of our familiar stories. In Frank’s 2015 exhibition at The Drawing Center, NY, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and in her accompanying publication Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Drawings by Natalie Frank (Damiani), Frank drew the unsanitized tales with a feminist interpretation, emphasizing the roles of women. The exhibition traveled to the Blanton Museum of Art (University of Texas at Austin) and the Kentucky Art Museum. Frank earned a BA from Yale University, 2002, and MFA from Columbia University, 2006. She is a Fulbright Scholar, Oslo, Norway. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Blanton Museum of Art; the Rose Art Museum and the Yale University Art Museum. She is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Salon 94, NY.


Claire Gilman (Ph. D. Columbia University) is Chief Curator at The Drawing Center in New York where, over the past eight years, she has overseen the curatorial program, organizing more than thirty exhibitions and public programs and authoring nearly as many catalogues. Projects have ranged from first-time museum shows of such artists as Torkwase Dyson, Natalie Frank, and Eddie Martinez, to reconsiderations of the work of established artists like Cecily Brown, Rashid Johnson and Terry Winters, to conceptually-driven group shows. In general, Gilman is committed to an expansive vision of drawing as a mediator between self and world. Recently, Gilman spearheaded Winter Term, a new initiative in which The Drawing Center partners with an artist or organization whose mission it is to explore the transformative role that drawing can play in civic and global society. Gilman has taught art history and critical theory at Columbia University; The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; The Corcoran College for Art and Design; the Museum of Modern Art; and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and has lectured throughout the country on modern and contemporary art. She has written for Art Journal, CAA Reviews, Documents, Frieze and October and has authored numerous essays for art books and museum exhibitions.

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