Lynne Cooke

lynne cooke wen headshotLynne Cooke is Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. She served as chief curator and deputy director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid from 2008 to 2012 and as curator at Dia Art Foundation from 1991 to 2008. In 1991, Cooke co-curated the Carnegie International, and has helmed numerous major shows since, including the 10th Biennale of Sydney (1996), the traveling exhibition “Rosemarie Trockel: Cosmos” (2012), and “Cristina Iglesias: A Place of Reflection,” recently on view at the Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janiero. Among her numerous publications are recent essays on the works of Francis Alӱs, Zoe Leonard, Agnes Martin, Blinky Palermo, and Dorit Margreiter. She is currently working on a project researching the interface between mainstream and outlier artists in the United States in the twentieth century.

Talk Title: Quilts and Contemporary Art: Quilts as Contemporary Art

This paper will focus on two historic moments when traditional textiles entered the contemporary art arena: the 1970s and the early 2000s. In the first instance, despite great critical acclaim, their impact was short lived, and the normative hierarchical relationship between the fine and “minor,” or decorative, arts remained unchallenged. Framed by a different set of social and cultural conditions, the reception and impact in the contemporary art world over the past decade of the work of Gee’s Bend and other quilters, notably Rosie Lee Tompkins, has been altogether different, with the result that traditional distinctions between the fine and applied arts have become moot.

Lynne’s talk is part of the LACMA Plenary Session Textiles in Museums