SB Artist Talk — 4pm TODAY

March 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Joseph D. Ketner II

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 @ 4pm in WA 563

Joseph D. Ketner II, the Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art, Distinguished Curator-in-Residence, at Emerson College, Boston, has worked for the past thirty years as a museum curator and director specializing in modern and contemporary art. Formerly, he was the chief curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum; director of the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; and director of the Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis (now the Mildred Kemper Museum). Ketner has curated, organized, and published catalogues on many exhibitions, including Andy Warhol: The Last Decade (2009-2010), Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light (2006), Co-Existence: Contemporary Cultural Production in South Africa (2003), Roxy Paine: Second Nature (2003), and The Emergence of the African American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson (1821–1872) (1993).

Through these projects he has developed personal contacts with many of the leading artists of this generation, such as Francesco Clemente, Bruce Conner, Gilbert & George, William Kentridge, Bruce Nauman, James Rosenquist, and Fred Tomaselli. He has particular experience in the global art community because of his work with Chinese, German, Japanese, and South African artists. His exhibitions and publications have earned a number of awards and distinctions from the American Association of Museum, the American Library Association, and the International Association of Art Critics. Currently, he is working on exhibitions and publications on the post WWII German Group, ZERO.

In addition, Ketner has assembled collections of modern and contemporary art for Washington University, Brandeis University, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. He is an active member of the American Association of Museums serving as a Visiting Accreditation member. Over the years he has worked with a number of architects such as Shigeru Ban, Graham Gund, Fumihiko Maki, and Walter Netsch, designing and building museums.

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