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Michael Goodson on Jason Moran and Cecilia Vicuña

Curator Tour

Set from Jason Moran

Explore the works featured in Jason Moran and Cecilia Vicuña: Lo Precario/The Precarious with Senior Curator of Exhibitions Michael Goodson.

Goodson will provide insight into Jason Moran’s work, focusing on the various manifestations of musicality in contemporary art and the nature of the artist’s ongoing collaborative practice. He’ll also speak to the challenges of restaging this exhibition (previously on view at the Walker Art Center and Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston) amid the complex architecture and opulent light of the Wexner Center.

In the second half of the tour, Goodson will address ideas that have driven the work of Cecilia Vicuña since she started making her intimately scaled precario sculptures from cast-off materials like fabric scraps, twigs, and feathers in the late 1960s. He’ll also discuss the process of integrating very early precarios with later creations made from materials sourced around the Wex and Columbus.

More about the curator

Over the past 15 years, as Director of Exhibitions at CCAD’s Beeler Gallery and James Cohan Gallery, New York, and now as Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Wex, Michael Goodson has organized single artist exhibitions by Diana Al-Hadid, Charles Atlas, Leonardo Drew, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Donald Moffett, Carrie Moyer, Roxy Paine, Yinka Shonibare, Robert Smithson, and Fred Tomaselli, among many others. Group shows during this time include Inherent Structure, Gray Matters, My Crippled Friend, Sitter, and WALL.

Between 2002 and 2011, Goodson taught sculpture, performance, and installation art at Hunter College, New York. He has also taught studio classes and art history at Wittenberg University, Wright State University, and the University of Dayton. He holds an MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Image: Jason Moran, Slugs' Saloon, 2018; mixed media, sound, 120 x 254 1/4 x 199 in.; commissioned by Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, T.B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2018; photo: Farzad Owrang; courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York © Jason Moran.

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Past Talks & More

Michael Goodson on Jason Moran and Cecilia Vicuña