Room Views

The Blue Room: Art in Context, Then and NowBlue Room SE corner
Thursday, November 11, 2010
6:30 PM
Tapestry Room

Rob Weiner, Assistant Director of the Chinati Foundation, with Andrew Witkin, artist and Director of the Barbara Krakow Gallery, and Pieranna Cavalchini, Gardner Museum Curator of Contemporary Art

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Located in Marfa, Texas, the Chinati Foundation was founded in 1986 by world-renowned Minimalist artist Donald Judd (1928-1994) as an exhibition space and residency center. Judd’s specific intention was to preserve and present on permanent view large-scale installations by a limited number of artists, emphasizing works that incorporate art with the surrounding landscape.

While Donald Judd and Isabella Stewart Gardner might seem worlds apart, similarities between Judd's Chinati Foundation and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are striking. Although separated by eight decades and half a continent, these two very personal American museums were founded by individuals who epitomized the art worlds of their respective eras and strove to create something lasting and unique.

The Room Views discussion will begin with the Gardner Museum’s Blue Room, a gallery filled with works by artists and friends of Isabella Gardner, and broaden to discuss parallels with the Chinati Foundation where, sixteen years after Judd’s death, conflict between the founder’s ideas and modern reality intertwines with conservation and family concerns in a fascinating tale of the challenges of personal museums and their legacies.

The program will conclude with a wine reception around the courtyard.

Part of Room Views: A Series of Conversations About the Gardner Museum
This season's Room Views conversations focus on the idea of The Personal Museum. Isabella Gardner created one of the first personal museums in the United States, establishing a model for the intersection of art and personality that continues to influence collectors and artists today. This series will explore several different examples of the personal museum, from strong-minded collectors like Gardner and Albert Barnes to museums created by contemporary artists. How has the personal museum shaped our view of museums in general, and what we can experience there? 

Tickets: $10 General Public; $5 Museum Members and Seniors; FREE Students
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SPECIAL OFFER :: Bring a friend for free! Mention Conversation Starter and receive an extra ticket to any fall 2010 Room Views program free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Reedemable only by phone (617 278 5156) or at the door.

Image: The Blue Room, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Time: 6:30 PM

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