Saturday, March 17, 2018

Galerie Lelong & Co. is pleased to host a talk in conjunction with our current exhibition Mildred Thompson: Radiation Explorations and Magnetic Fields, on view through March 31, 2018. Join us for a discussion on Thompson's work and influences, as well as the changing landscape of abstraction as a field that is becoming more inclusive to women and artists of color. Panelists include Lauren Haynes, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Nanette Carter, artist and professor; and Melissa Messina, Curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate.

Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes was Associate Curator, Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem where she worked for close to a decade. Haynes is co-curator of the upcoming exhibition, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art opening at Crystal Bridges in May 2018. Haynes has authored and co-authored several catalogues such as Alma Thomas, The Bearden Project, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art and Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange.

Nanette Carter is an artist and professor of art at Pratt, where she teaches Drawing and Mixed Media courses. Over the years, she has received many awards, grants, residencies, and fellowships. She has had recent solo shows in Japan, Italy, New York City, Miami, and Syria. Her next solo exhibition will open on September 14, 2018, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba.

Melissa Messina is an independent curator and curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate. She co-curated Magnetic Fields, Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, which opened at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, and traveled to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Messina organized Mildred Thompson, Resonance: Selected Works from the 1990s at the SCAD Museum of Art. In 2014, she received a Creative Time | Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant for research on Thompson’s life and work. Messina is the co-curator of the 2018 Bermuda Biennial.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to or (212) 315-0470.

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