Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4 pm
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City
The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture combines art criticism, theory, memoir, and fiction to examine our enduring fascination with the long sixties, a cultural period that began with the civil rights movement and extended into the 1970s. James Meyer draws on a diverse range of topics from popular culture and contemporary art, including reenactments of civil rights, antiwar, and feminist marches, paintings, sculptures, photographs, novels, and films.
Meyer is a curator of modern art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the curatorial and academic advisor at Dia Art Foundation. Meyer will introduce his book, followed by a conversation with artist An-My Lê and author Jennifer Egan.
Doors will open at 4 pm and the conversation will commence at 4:30 pm
Admission is free
Signed books will be available for purchase
James Meyer is a curator of modern art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and curatorial and academic advisor at Dia Art Foundation in New York City. He was previously the Winship Distinguished Research Associate Professor of Art History at Emory University in Atlanta and deputy director and chief curator at Dia.
Jennifer Egan is a journalist and the author of several novels and one short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach (2017), a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010), won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times book prize. She has also written frequently for the New York Times Magazine. She is currently the president of PEN America.
An-My Lê was born in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam (now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) in 1960. Lê fled South Vietnam with her family in 1975, the final year of the war, eventually settling in the United States as a political refugee. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Science in biology from Stanford University (1981, 1985) and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University (1993). Since 1998, she has been affiliated with Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where she is currently a professor in the department of photography. Her work has been exhibited at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.