Have you ever wondered how museum exhibitions are made? Spend an exclusive evening with MAG curator Jessica Marten and learn more about how her discovery of the work of a little-known visionary artist in storage led to a multi-year adventure uncovering the powerful story and stunning art of Josephine Tota. In a casual and engaging talk, Jessica will talk about her development as a curator and the behind-the-scenes work that has been bringing MAG into the 21st century. With photos, graphics, and to-scale models, Jessica will show you how an exhibition gets made. Her case study will be exhibition The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota (July 15-September 9).
An Italian-American seamstress who lived a conventional life here in Rochester, Tota was 70 when she turned to painting her imagination, a world of surreal, fantastical, and sometimes disturbing images based upon a lifetime’s worth of dreams and memories. Tota’s impressive body of work—made in the privacy of the artist’s Rochester apartment during the 1980s and almost lost to history—will make its debut at MAG before embarking upon a national tour.
Please note: This ticket price includes a free admission ticket to MAG ($15 value) to be used at a later date.
Class location: This class will take place at Rochester Brainery, 176 Anderson Ave F109, Rochester NY 14607. Click here for directions.
Jessica Marten is the Curator in Charge/Curator of American Art at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester where she has worked since 2001. In her curatorial practice, Jessica is particularly interested in exploring the work of women artists and in excavating their stories from our shared history. Her recent acquisitions reflect her interest in broadening the diversity of the permanent collection, including work by Elizabeth Catlett, Yayoi Kusama, Kehinde Wiley, Wayne Higby, and Judith Schaechter. Her recent work has included The Power of the Female Gaze (2017), organized in honor of New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial, and The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota. Marten is also organizing a 2020 exhibition on the stained-glass artist, Judith Schaechter (b. 1961), that will travel to two additional venues after its debut at MAG.
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