On Thursday December 11 Corey D’Augustine gave a gallery-based talk in conjunction with “Chris Ofili: Night and Day.” This lecture explored Ofili’s “The Blue Rider” series through the lens of the artist’s complex network of references, which include biblical narratives, Art Nouveau, Wassily Kandinsky’s Der Blaue Reiter (1903), Japanese erotic woodblock prints, and the work of New York School painters Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt, among others.
Outside the Box features gallery-based talks given by guest speakers over the course of a season. In this program, lecturers with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and affinities address the New Museum’s current exhibition(s) in forty-five- to sixty-minute presentations taking place exclusively in the Museum’s galleries. As a way to emphasize the Museum’s strong commitment to new art and new ideas, Outside the Box lecturers speak about the exhibitions or themes emergent in artists’ works from the various positions they occupy, be they academic, personal, political, etc., and engage in rich investigations that illuminate and probe the Museum’s current exhibition program.
Corey D’Augustine is a conservator of modern and contemporary art and a technical art historian. He regularly works for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and lectures on art history and art conservation at New York University, Pratt Institute, the City College of New York, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is a specialist in American and European post-war art and his research interests include twentieth-century painting materials and techniques and the conservation of monochrome paintings.