Nora Abrams and Oliver Herring Visit Anderson Ranch

Snowmass, Colo. – Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s popular Visiting Artists and Critics program brings two renowned art professionals to the Ranch this spring:  Nora Abrams and Oliver Herring.  Ms. Abrams and Mr. Herring will visit with Anderson Ranch’s current artists-in-residence, while also providing evening lectures (open to the public).

Nora Abrams, Associate Curator with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will visit the Ranch the week of March 25 – 28 as a visiting critic and will hold a public talk on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner will follow Ms. Abrams’ talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Ranch Café ($18, RSVP by March 21 to 970-923-3181). 

Ms. Abrams has experience working on exhibitions at major institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Grey Art Gallery at New York University.  She has assisted with significant exhibitions such as Matisse Picasso at MOMA and Robert Rauschenberg:  Combines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Ms. Abrams has taught art history at New York University and has lectured widely on modern and contemporary art. She has a master of arts from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts from Stanford University. 

Oliver Herring, an artist based in Brooklyn, New York, will visit the Ranch March 29 – April 4 and will provide a lecture for the public on Thursday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner will follow Mr. Herring’s talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Ranch Café ($18, RSVP by April 1 to 970-923-3181). Mr. Herring’s visit to the Ranch is in partnership with the Denver Art Museum and its Contemporary Supporters.

Since 1998, Mr. Herring has created stop-motion videos and participatory performances with “off the street” strangers. He makes sets for his videos and performances with minimal means and materials, recycling elements from one artwork to the next. Open-ended and impromptu, Herring’s videos have a dreamlike stream-of-consciousness quality; each progresses towards a finale that is unexpected or unpredictable. Embracing chance and chance encounters, his videos and performances liberate participants to explore aspects of their personalities through art in a way that would otherwise probably be impossible.

Herring has received grants from Artpace, New York Foundation for the Arts and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; among others. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, England, and an M.F.A. from Hunter College, New York.

Anderson Ranch invites leading artists, critics and curators to the Ranch to share ideas and practices in a supportive interdisciplinary environment.  The Visiting Artists and Critics program is designed to foster the creation of artwork and/or to enhance the experience of program participants in other Ranch programs.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center celebrates artists, art making, critical dialog and community.

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