In this video, Lisa Harper Chang, Community Projects Director, talks about her personal connection to Do Ho Suh’s Staircase. She was a speaker for Frame of Reference in March. The next Frame of Reference is this Saturday, April 2 at 1pm. For a list of speakers, visit our main website.
Frame of Reference was developed in the context of Urban Alchemy/Gordon Matta Clark, when we invited non-art specialists (e.g. architects, social workers, patissiers) to talk about individual works in the context of personal experience. The idea was born out of our docent program Exploring Art. One pitfall of Exploring Art is that it is a lengthy time commitment for some guests, so we wanted to find a way to bring the diversity of our docents to the forefront in a bite-sized portion.
We are continuing this program in conjunction with Dreamscapes, every first Saturday of the Month. In March, talks were given by a curator from a lending institution and focused on the historical relevance of Max Beckmann’s work. After his 15 minute talk, Lisa Harper Chang, Community Projects Director at the Pulitzer spoke about her personal connections to Do Ho Suh’s Staircase-Pulitzer Version. In each talk, guests were able to understand the speaker’s interest in the work and possibly relate to the art in a different way than they might have already seen the work.
In future presentations, there will be multiple guests speaking on the same work. In this way, in 15 minutes you can have a completely different impression of a work of art. We invite you to attend and see how artworks’ meanings change through the lens of others.