Come along as we explore past and present cultural attitudes toward aging, while looking closely at outstanding works created in later life by Alice Neel, El Anatsui, and Ellsworth Kelly.
Come along as we explore past and present cultural attitudes toward aging, while looking closely at outstanding works created in later life by Alice Neel, El Anatsui, and Ellsworth Kelly. We’ll also offer a sneak peek at a soon-to-be-realized mural by centenarian artist Carmen Herrera, commissioned specifically for the Blanton’s new grounds initiative!
Join Veronica Roberts, curator of modern and contemporary art, and Ray Williams, director of education and academic affairs, in conversation with Dr. Karen Fingerman, director of UT Austin’s Texas Aging and Longevity Center.
About our Speakers
Karen L. Fingerman is a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at UT Austin. She studies adult development and old age. Her work has examined parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, friends, acquaintances, and peripheral social ties. The National Institute on Aging funded her work on problematic social ties across the lifespan and currently funds her research on middle-aged adults, their grown children and aging parents.
Ray Williams has been the Blanton’s director of education and academic affairs since 2012. His work as a museum educator has focused on religious diversity, preparation for citizenship, social emotional learning, empathy and resilience.
Veronica Roberts joined the Blanton in 2013 as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Among the exhibitions she has organized are: Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt, Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser, and Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins. Prior to working at the Blanton, Veronica worked at the Museum of Modern Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Feature image: Carmen Herrera in her studio, 2020. ⓒ Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery
(Tuesday) 5:00 pm