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Annabeth Rosen in Conversation

Friday, Jan 17, 2020 | 12:30–2pm

ADMISSION: Free with Museum admission

In conjunction with the exhibition Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped (closing January 19, 2020), Rosen will present "You can only go to a new place once,” exploring the contemporary art world's rising and phenomenal focus on ceramics. Following the presentation, Michelle Millar Fisher, the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will join Rosen in conversation.

About the Speakers
Michelle Millar Fisher

Michelle Millar Fisher is the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work investigates the confluence of power, people, and all forms of design, decorative arts, and craft. Previously, she worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Co-organized with the Walker Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago, her current exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is called Designs for Different Futures and runs through March 8.​

Annabeth Rosen
Annabeth Rosen

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Annabeth Rosen received her BFA from NYS State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Teaching appointments include The Rhode Island School of Design, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1997, she has held the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair at the University of California Davis.

Rosen's work made of fired and glazed clay seem to have neither fixed contours or stable shape, even their scale appears to shift as you look. They are variously volcanic, beastly, catastrophic, and unnervingly funny, suggesting things going terribly wrong, but not yet irreversible.

—Nany Princenthal

Annabeth Rosen’s work is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York and the Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco. Rosen’s work is the collection of The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Oakland Museum, The Denver Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and many public and private collections. Rosen has received multiple grants and awards, a Pew Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a UC Davis Chancellors Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, and in 2016 was named a USA Artist Fellow. Most recently Rosen has been granted the Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2018 awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

about the exhibition

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the first major survey of Annabeth Rosen (b. 1957 Brooklyn, NY), Robert Arneson Chair at UC Davis, and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

For over two decades, Rosen has interrogated the medium of ceramics in the context of contemporary art. Featuring ceramics and works on paper from over twenty years, this groundbreaking exhibition examines how Rosen’s work radically defies the limits of her primary medium, pushing it beyond spectacle and into conversations about contemporary painting, feminist theory, endurance-based performance, and conceptual art.

Sculpture composed of many colorful fragments of ceramics, bound together.

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped (installation view), at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2017. Photo by Annabeth Rosen. Courtesy the artist.


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