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The Unexplained is Irresistible: A Discussion On the Work of Lennart Anderson with Jennifer Samet, Brian Schumacher, Amy Weiskopf & John Yau, Moderated by A’Dora Phillips

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



Jennifer Samet is a New York City-based art historian, curator, and writer who specializes in contemporary and post-war painting. She is the Director of Research at Eric Firestone Gallery and a member of the faculty at the New York Studio School. She is the author of the column “Beer with a Painter,” in Hyperallergic Weekend Edition.




Brian Schumacher is an artist and educator whose research and teaching centers on the subject of perception and visual narrative. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Vogelstein grant, a Stobart Foundation grant, and the Mary Butler Trust Purchase Prize for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) Museum Collection. In addition to his role as creative director of The Vision and Art Project, Brian has taught at Mount Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Cincinnati.



Still life painter Amy Weiskopf has shown her paintings extensively throughout the United States for more than three decades and is represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York. She teaches at the Art Students League in New York City. Weiskopf’s work is in many private and public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amy divides her time between Brooklyn and a small Italian village south of Siena.


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John Yau is a poet, art critic, and publisher of Black Square Editions. His most recent poetry book is Genghis Chan on Drums.  Recent monographs include: William Tillyer: A Retrospective (2021) and Liu Xiaodong (2021). He is 2017 recipient of the Jackson Prize in Poetry and a 2021 recipient of a Rabkin Prize for art criticism. An editor of Hyperallergic Weekend, he lives in New York.


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A’Dora Phillips will moderate. An author and translator, she has an MFA from the Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst and is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati.

As director of the Vision and Art Project, she has collaborated with many contemporary artists to document their lives and work. Among her work on Anderson’s career is this short documentary: https://www.lennartanderson.com/seeing-with-light

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