As part of the Flinn Gallery's 90th Anniversary season and their first show, Looking Forward, Looking Back, Greenwich Library and the Flinn Gallery will be hosting MoMA@Work for a lecture on one of their current exhibitions, The Long Run.
Innovation in art is often characterized as a singular event—a bolt of lightning that strikes once and forever changes what follows. The Long Run
provides an alternate view: by chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio. Each work in this presentation exemplifies an artist’s distinct evolution. For some, this results from continually testing the boundaries of a given medium, for others, it reflects the pressures of social, economic, and political circumstances. Often, it is a combination of both. The Long Run includes monographic galleries and rooms that bring together artists across a broad range of backgrounds and approaches. All the artists in this presentation—drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection—are united by a ceaseless desire to make meaningful work, year after year, across decades. They include Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gego, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Joan Jonas, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Levitt, Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella, and many others.
Heather Cotter has been a Lecturer at MoMA since 2007. She holds an MA in Art History from Boston University and a MEd in Art Education from Harvard University. Currently, she also serves as a lecturer at Dia: Beacon. In addition, she teaches art history courses at SUNY Purchase, Westchester Community College, and Sotheby's Institute. When she is not teaching art, she can be found in the yoga studio, instructing vinyasa yoga classes.