I’m really lucky to be in a curatorial tutorial this term called “Thematic Exposure”, taught by painter/faculty member Andy Spence. I’m even LUCKIER that he made the time for me to do the class a half hour earlier than it officially meets because I have another class at the exact same time. (This is the closest I’ll ever get to using a Time Turner.) This means that half the class is actual work, and the other half is just me and Andy talking about art whatever. This morning, he showed me his Whitney Museum Artist Lifetime Pass card because, obviously, Andy’s work is a part of the Whitney’s permanent collection. Most of the time, I think of Andy as a professor first, and as an artist second, so sometimes it’s mildly surprising when he does stuff like remind me that he is in fact in the permanent collections of 33 museums/institutions/corporations across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, most recently, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This morning when he mentioned that someone had just donated one of his works to the MFA and that there had been some concern over rights or something, he said, “Do what you want with it. Exploit me. What are they gonna do, turn it into a pillow?” Which maybe isn’t as hilarious as I think it is if you don’t know Andy. But hey, some of his most recent work would be GREAT on a pillow, amirite?
Check out Andy’s website.
- Meg ‘12