Conversation with the Curator on My Generation
With Guest Curator Barbara Pollack and Katherine Pill, Assistant Curator of Art after 1950.
Distinguished art critic and curator Barbara Pollack is one of the foremost authorities on contemporary Chinese art and is the author of The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic’s Adventures in China. She has written the lead essay in the catalogue for My Generation and has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions in China, also known as Summer Davos.
In the late 1990s, Ms. Pollack published pioneering articles on contemporary Chinese art in ARTnews, Art & Auction, and the Village Voice. She has continued her exploration of this fascinating art and burgeoning market in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Art in America, and Vanity Fair, among others. She is a regular contributor to the Chinese-language version of the New York Times and to Modern Weekly, China’s influential lifestyle magazine. She has written monographs and articles on numerous Chinese artists. Several of her essays were selected for the China Art Book.
Based on her extensive research, Ms. Pollack has received grants from the Asian Cultural Foundation and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, the latter for arts writing. She is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and lectures widely in the U.S. and abroad.
Katherine Pill, Assistant Curator of Art after 1950, has compiled select artist biographies for the My Generation catalogue. She is the first curator in the history of the Museum to specialize in works created after 1950 to the present day. Her position was made possible by The Hazel and William Hough Curatorial Endowment Fund, established in 2012.
Ms. Pill has curated Color Acting: Abstraction Since 1950 at the MFA and has recommended contemporary works to enter the collection. She completed a three-year dual MA in art history, theory, and criticism and arts administration and policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While there, she served as Communications Director and then Administrative Director of the two Student Union Galleries, which presented six exhibitions each semester. She has also been Assistant Curator and Curatorial Fellow at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City.
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