Saint Louis University

Breaking Boundaries

A Conversation about the Art of Patrick Graham
held in conjunction with the exhibition Patrick Graham: Thirty Years - The Silence Becomes the Painting

Sunday, November 11, 2012  1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Xavier Hall Theatre, Saint Louis University     free and open to the public
(3733 West Pine Mall, right across from MOCRA on the SLU campus)
     click here for a map and parking directions

reception to follow at MOCRA
with an opportunity to view the exhibition Patrick Graham: Thirty Years - The Silence Becomes the Painting

Patrick Graham, Deposition: Study 6 (detail), 2009. Mixed media on board 32 x 44 in. Courtesy Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.

Patrick Graham has been credited with changing the face of contemporary painting in Ireland. Join us for a panel discussion bringing together five distinguished voices who will consider the art of Patrick Graham from the perspectives of a curator and art historian, an art critic, a gallery director, and two noted scholars of Irish culture. There will be an opportunity for audience questions.


Patrick Graham, Deposition: Study 6 (detail), 2009. Mixed media on board. 32 x 44 in. Courtesy Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles.

Featured speakers:

Peter Selz
Professor Emeritus of Art History
University of California - Berkeley

curator of Patrick Graham: Thirty Years

more about Peter Selz

Peter Selz is a renowned curator of contemporary art as well as a historian of German Expressionism. He arrived in the United States in 1936 where he was introduced to many New York and European artists by a distant relative Alfred Stieglitz. Selz became the curator of the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1958. At the Modern, his exhibitions included the 1960 Jean Tinguely "Homage to New York," a sculpture that destroyed itself (and started a fire) in the sculpture garden of the Museum. In 1965 he curated a comprehensive exhibition of Alberto Giacometti's work. That same year he was called to the University of California, Berkeley to found the university's art museum. Peter Selz served as its director from 1965 to 1973. He is known most recently for his provocative, politically charged exhibitions like "The Art of Engagement", which showed at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in 2006.

Kenneth Baker
art critic
San Francisco Chronicle 

 more about Kenneth Baker


Kenneth Baker, Chief Art Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, is one of the best-known art writers in the United States. He is a native of the Boston area, and served as art critic for the Boston Phoenix before joining the Chronicle. He has contributed to numerous publications, including Artforum, Art in America and the New York Times Book Review. Mr. Baker has also authored Minimalism: Art of Circumstance (Abbeville Press, 1989/1997).

Jack Rutberg
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles 

more about Jack Rutberg

Jack Rutberg is owner and director of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, in Los Angeles, a gallery established in 1979. He has lectured extensively on a wide range of subjects related to Modern and Contemporary art in colleges and universities, including the University of California - Los Angeles, California State University - Northridge, Utah State University, and has been a guest speaker at the Douglas Hyde Museum in Dublin, the Crawford Museum in Cork, Ireland, Portland Art Museum in Oregon, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Laguna Art Museum. Rutberg is the international representative for the art of Patrick Graham, and has written extensively on the artist.

With special guests:

Ellen Crowell
Associate Professor of English
Saint Louis University, St. Louis

more about Ellen Crowell

Ellen Crowell (Ph.D University of Texas at Austin) is an Associate Professor of English at Saint Louis University, with areas of emphasis in modernism, Irish Studies and the Literature of the American South. Her work illuminates the pre-history of modernism as a historical period heralding a transformative change in political, social, and aesthetic expression. Particular areas of focus include: Modernist writing in English; the cultural history of Decadence and Aestheticism; Queer Theory and the History of Sexuality; Film Studies and Modernist Cinema; and Irish Studies, with particular emphasis on Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and Elizabeth Bowen. Her publications include Aristocratic Drag: The Dandy in Irish and American Southern Fiction (Edinburgh, 2007).

Eamonn Wall
Smurfit-Stone Corporation Professor
of Irish Studies
University of Missouri - St. Louis 

more about Eamonn Wall

Eamonn Wall (Ph.D. City University of New York) is a native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland. He is the Smurfit-Stone Corporation Professor of Irish Studies at University of Missouri - St. Louis. He has published five collections of poetry: A Tour of Your Country (2008), Refuge at De Soto Bend (2004), The Crosses (2000), Iron Mountain Road (1997), and Dyckman-200th Street (1994). From the Sin-E Cafe to the Black Hills: Notes on the New Irish, a book of literary and personal essays about the Irish Diaspora, received the Michael J.Durkan prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies as the best book published internationally in the field of Language & Literature in 2000. Wall's latest book is Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).

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