Charles Ray, Boy with frog, 2009. Photo et Courtesy Studio Charles Ray.
Close Charles Ray, Boy with frog, 2009. Photo et Courtesy Studio Charles Ray.
Conference
23 mai

The Work of Charles Ray

6:30-9:00 p.m.
Durée
2h30

Free on reservation

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As part of the two exhibitions devoted to the work of Charles Ray at the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection and the Centre Pompidou, the two institutions are co-presenting an evening on the artist’s work. 

With the participation of: 
Charles Ray (artist), Caroline Bourgeois (curator of the Charles Ray exhibition at the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection), Jean-Pierre Criqui (curator of the Charles Ray exhibition at the Centre Pompidou), Penelope Curtis (historienne de l’art) et Anne M. Wagner (art historian)..  

The event is free of charge and includes entry to the exhibitions at the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection starting at 5 p.m.  
Admission is free during the conference. 
The event will be held in English with a simultaneous translation into French. 


Programme  


6:30 p.m. – Shine as Appearance  
Anne M. Wagner, art historian 

7:00 p.m. – Charles Ray: the loneliness of sculpture 
Penelope Curtis, art historian  

7:30 p.m. – a musical listening session with Charles Ray    
Led by Jean-Pierre Criqui, curator of the Charles Ray exhibition at the Centre Pompidou  

8:00 – round table 
Participants :  
Charles Ray, artist  
Caroline Bourgeois, curator of the Charles Ray exhibition at the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection  
Jean-Pierre Criqui, curator of the Charles Ray exhibition at the Centre Pompidou 
Penelope Curtis, art historian 
Anne M. Wagner, art historian  


Charles Ray 
The work of sculptor Charles Ray (born 1953, USA), one of the most important artists of our time, is the subject of a major exhibition at the Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection. The carte blanche given to Ray, unprecedented in its scale for both France and Europe, also extends to the Centre Pompidou: two exhibitions presented in the two, almost neighbouring museums. Charles Ray’s oeuvre consists of over one hundred sculptures, more than one third of which are being presented in Paris for the first time, with almost twenty pieces each at the Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection and at the Centre Pompidou. 


Caroline Bourgeois 
Caroline Bourgeois is curator at the Pinault Collection, for which she had already created an internationally acclaimed video collection between 1998 and 2001. From 2004 to 2008, she was the artistic director of the Ile-de-France – Le Plateau FRAC regional contemporary art foundation in Paris, where she curated a number of major exhibitions, both group (Ralentir vite, Société anonyme, and L’Argent) and individual (Loris Gréaud, Adel Abdessemed, and Cao Fei). She has also organised large-scale artistic collaborations in the public space with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in Paris and Pierre Huyghe in Venice. These conversations between the artists and the Pinault Collection continue at Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana in the form of monographic shows – including on Urs Fischer, Danh Vo, Martial Raysse, Albert Oehlen, Luc Tuymans, Muna El Fituri, Thomas Houseago, and Marlène Dumas – and group exhibitions.


Jean-Pierre Criqui 
Jean-Pierre Criqui is curator of the contemporary collections at the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou and editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Mnam. He is currently working on two upcoming exhibitions for 2022 at the Centre Pompidou: Tatiana Trouvé: The Great Atlas of Disorientation (Gallery 3) and Christian Marclay (Gallery 1). 


Anne M. Wagner 
Anne M. Wagner is an art historian, critic and teacher, as well as Class of 1936 Chair Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2010, she has lived in London. From 2013 to 2020, she was a Trustee of the Henry Moore Foundation. Her books include Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux: Sculptor of the Second Empire, 1986; Three Artists (Three Women), 1996; Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture, 2005; and A House Divided: On Recent American Art, 2012. She is currently completing a book to be titled Sculpture and the Making of the Human. 


Penelope Curtis 
Penelope Curtis is an art historian and curator, known particularly for her work on modern and contemporary sculpture. Publications include several monographs (Oxford 1999) (Ridinghouse/Getty 2007) (Yale 2017), and her next book (Mack, 2022) will focus on the post-war wall relief, the result of research undertaken last year as visiting professor at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Penelope Curtis is the commissioner  of a show about scale in sculpture 1945-2000 to be shown at the Fundacion Juan March next spring.