Deborah Kass and Eric Shiner in Conversation at the Neuberger Museum of Art SPACE | 42

Contemporary artist Deborah Kass combines references to postwar painting, language, and music to explore the relationships among art history, popular culture, politics, and the self. Her work, which often incorporates phrases from Broadway musicals, the movies, and Yiddish, is imbued with a sense of nostalgia for midcentury American optimism and the aspirations of the middle class.

On Thursday, April 20, Kass will share insights about her art with Eric Shiner, now Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s Fine Art Division and former director of the Andy Warhol Museum, at a public event held at the Neuberger Museum of Art SPACE | 42 in Manhattan, on the ground floor at 33 West 42nd Street, across from Bryant Park (in the SUNY College of Optometry). The program begins with a reception at 6:30 pm in the lobby, followed by a conversation between Kass and Shiner in the Schwarz Theater at 7 pm. General admission is $10, and free to Purchase College students, staff, and faculty, and Neuberger Museum of Art members. Online registration is available at: www.shinerandkass.eventbrite.com.

“Deborah Kass and Eric Shiner in Conversation” is part of the Daniel P. Paduano & Janet W. Prindle Lecture Series, which brings together contemporary artists, curators, and critics. The series provides a forum for vital conversations inspired by the Neuberger Museum of Art’s artists, exhibitions, and permanent collection. “By hosting events at the Neuberger Museum of Art SPACE | 42, we can expand our reach from our original site on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY, in Westchester County into the heart of New York City, sharing imaginative public art, thought, and dialogue with both residents and visitors to Manhattan,” says Tracy Fitzpatrick, the museum’s Director.

Kass’s first wallpaper installation, Day After Day, 2016, is currently on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art SPACE | 42. A large-scale digital print commissioned by the Neuberger Museum, Day After Day was inspired, in part, by Warhol’s signature Cow (1966) and Mao (1974) wallpaper, and marks an exciting new direction in her practice. The site-specific piece is based on one of her favorite paintings, a 2010 canvas from her series more! feel good paintings for feel bad times. The artist’s work can be found in numerous public collections in New York, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Jewish Museum, as well as in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Shiner joined Sotheby’s as Senior Vice President of the auction house’s Fine Art Division last September. Prior to that, he was curator of art then museum director at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2012, Shiner organized Kass’s first retrospective exhibition at the museum, titled Before and Happily Ever After, which featured three decades of the artist’s work.


The Neuberger Museum of Art opened on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY, in 1974 with a core collection donated by one of the greatest private collectors, philanthropists, and arts advocates of the twentieth century, Roy R. Neuberger. The collection contains important works by some of our best-known artists including Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. Housed in a building designed by Philip Johnson, the permanent collection now encompasses more than 7,000 works of contemporary, modern, and African art.

Today, the Neuberger is more active and vibrant than ever. Critically acclaimed exhibitions, regularly accompanied by catalogues, draw local, regional, and international audiences. Our signature biannual award, The Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize, recognizes the work of exceptional young artists, continuing our founder’s dedication to supporting those in early careers. A wealth of education tours, lectures, and interactive programs engage the many parts of our broad community. On any day, you can see Purchase College students and faculty, families with young children, K-12 school children and their teachers, and seniors. The Neuberger Museum of Art is a center of teaching and learning for all stages of life: a place where appreciating art is both active and interactive; where the student, the scholar, the artist and the art lover fine common ground to experiment, question, and grow.

Neuberger Museum of Art SPACE | 42, which opened in October, 2016 as a space for public art, is located on the ground floor of 33 West 42nd Street, across from Bryant Park (in the SUNY College of Optometry). It is open to the public daily: Monday–Friday, 9 am-5 pm; Saturday, 9am-4 pm; Sunday, 10 am-6 pm.

The Neuberger Museum of Art is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York. (Westchester)

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Photo: Deborah Kass, Day After Day, 2016 (detail). Digital print, 146 1/2 x 458″ inches. © Deborah Kass. Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.

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Neuberger Museum of Art SPACE | 42
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Times: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Presenter: Neuberger Museum of Art SPACE | 42
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