Department of Art and Art History Special Programs

Viewpoint Series

The annual Viewpoint Series, taking place each spring, is comprised of three separate visits by a pair of invited guests, each lasting several days and spread throughout the semester. During each visit, the guests present a public lecture and seminar, as well as offer private studio visits to graduate students. Viewpoint guests are leading curators, critics, and scholars involved in the diverse and multifaceted contemporary art world.

Spring 2014


Viewpoint 2014 poster

Heather Pesanti

Senior Curator, The Contemporary Austin

Pesanti is Senior Curator at The Contemporary Austin overseeing curatorial programming and exhibitions for the museum. Recent and future projects include the inaugural solo exhibitions of Marianne Vitale and Liam Gillick in fall 2013, and  forthcoming exhibitions of work by Charles Long and Do Ho Suh. She is also planning a large-scale thematic exhibition for fall 2015 on experiential art that will engage multiple venues across Austin. Pesanti relocated from Buffalo, New York, where she was Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for nearly five years. During her tenure, she organized the seminal historic exhibition Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s, a large-scale survey of Buffalo’s dynamic arts scene in the 1970s.  Additional projects included Robert Therrien (2013), Surveyor (2011) and many co-curated exhibitions.  From 2005 to 2008, she was assistant curator of Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art.  She has published several catalogues in association with her exhibitions.

Robert Storr

Artist, Critic, Curator

Storr is currently the Dean of the Yale School of Art. From 1990 to 2002 he was curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman. While there, he also coordinated MOMA’s Projects series. In 2007 Mr. Storr was invited to be the commissioner of the Venice Biennale. In 2002 he was named the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He writes frequently for Artforum, Art in America, Parkett, Art Press and Frieze. He has written numerous catalogs, articles, and books. He is currently working on Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois. He is at present Consulting Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Spring 2014 Events

Public Lectures

All lectures at 4pm,
Art Building 1.102

Thurs, Jan 30
Thurs, Mar 20
Thurs, Apr 10

Private Studio Visits

All studio visits with graduate students are private and must be arranged in advance. Email Sarah Canright to schedule.

Sat, Feb 1
Sat, Mar 22
Sat, Apr 12

Public Seminars

All seminars at 3pm,
Art Building 3.206 (Transmedia Lab)

Fri, Jan 31
Fri, Mar 21
Fri, Apr 11