Words in Freedom and Protest: the Typographic Collage between Political Action and Formal Experimentation


June 04, 2024, 6:00 PM

General Admission: $15, Members & Students: FREE


Inspired by the current exhibition Nanni Balestrini: Art as Political Action—One Thousand and One Voices, Jennifer Farrell, curator of modern and contemporary prints and drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will explore some of the ways artists have engaged collage, letterforms, and language, broadly considered, and in the process, challenged artistic conventions, as well as cultural, social, and political structures. The talk will examine the various histories of this engagement with linguistic codes from early 20th century European avant-garde movements to the work of more contemporary artists.

Jennifer Farrell is a curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is responsible for modern and contemporary prints and artist’s books. Among her exhibitions at the Met are Modern Times: British Prints, 1913-1939; World War I and the Visual Arts; Workshop and Legacy: Stanley William Hayter, Krishna Reddy, Zarina Hashmi; and Ragnar Kjartansson: Death is Elsewhere. Her publications include Get There and Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art (which received the Sotheby’s Prize for a Distinguished Publication in the History of Collecting in America, awarded by The Frick Collection); The History and Legacy of Samuel M. Kootz and the Kootz Gallery; Lucian Freud: Etchings; Suzanne McClelland, STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time, World War I and the Visual Arts, and Modern Times: British Prints, 1913-1939. Previously, she held curatorial positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the University of Virginia, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and taught at schools that include Yale University, the School of Visual Arts, and the American University of Paris. She earned a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Light refreshments will be offered