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Talk | Roundtable on Virginia Jaramillo

May 04, 20242:00 pm - 3:30 pm

English and Spanish CART captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) available

This talk is free with museum admission. Registration is required.

About the Event

In celebration of the opening of Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence, join us for a roundtable conversation on Jaramillo’s profound commitment to abstraction with the exhibition’s originating curator, Erin Dziedzic; Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; and Iris Colburn, MCA Curatorial Associate.

Please note that Courtney Martin is no longer able to participate.

English and Spanish CART captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) are provided.

ASL provided.

About the Speakers


Erin Dziedzic

Photo credit: Julie Denesha.

Erin Dziedzic is a curator and writer based in New York. Her work is focused on developing a wide range of projects with contemporary artists through exhibitions, commissions, archiving, legacy planning, and scholarship. She is deeply committed to women artists globally and her practice is centered on amplifying historically excluded artists. Previously, she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri (2013 – 2023). Erin has collaborated with noted contemporary artists including Polly Apfelbaum, Siah Armajani, Firelei Báez, Angela Dufresne, Virginia Jaramillo, Rashid Johnson, José Lerma, Liza Lou, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pepe Mar, Joiri Minaya, Aliza Nisenbaum, Damián Ortega, Angel Otero, Regina Silveira, Xaviera Simmons, and Summer Wheat, to name a few. She has written extensively on contemporary art and culture, her most recent book, a monograph on artist Denzil Forrester, will be released in 2024. Her major monograph Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence, was released in 2023 in conjunction with the traveling exhibition of the same name. The catalogue, Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, released in 2017, includes new scholarship on the intergenerational impact of twenty-one women artists of color working in abstraction.

Erin has been a visiting critic, lecturer, and guest speaker at several institutions, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 21C Museum, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University, St. Louis, American Association of Museum Curators, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, BURNAWAY, Pelican Bomb, and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has contributed to ART PAPERS, The Brooklyn Rail, and Artsy, amongst others. Previously, she was Curator at the Savannah College of Art and Design.



Catherine Morris

Black and white image of a woman looking at the camera.

Catherine Morris. Photo credit: Grace Roselli.

Catherine Morris is the Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum where, since 2009, she has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions including Nona Faustine: White Shoes (up through July 2024); Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And; We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985; Judith Scott-Bound and Unbound; and Materializing Six Years: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art. She has worked on projects examining contemporary practices through historical precedents, including It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby and the museum wide Sackler Center ten-year anniversary project, The Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum. She has worked on exhibitions and curatorial projects with Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter, Beverly Buchanan, Eva Hesse, Suzanne Lacy, Marilyn Minter, Zanele Muholi, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, and Cecilia Vicuna and produced historical exhibitions such as Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to The Ladder; Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913-1919; and Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanity Fair of 1864. Upcoming projects include Elizabeth Catlett: A Revolutionary Artist and All That It Implies, which opens in Brooklyn in September 2024 and is presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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Lead support for the 2023–24 season of MCA Talks is made possible by The Richard and Mary L. Gray Lecture Series through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.

Generous support is provided by The Antje B. and John J. Jelinek Endowed Lecture and Symposium on Contemporary Art; the Kristina Barr Lectures, which were established through a generous gift by The Barr Fund to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign; The Gloria Brackstone Solow and Eugene A. Solow, MD, Memorial Lecture Series; and the Allen M. Turner Tribute Fund, honoring his past leadership as Chair of the Board of Trustees.



Lead support is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, the Zell Family Foundation, Cari and Michael Sacks, and R. H. Defares.

Major support is provided by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation and Charlotte R. Cramer Wagner and Herbert S. Wagner III of the Wagner Foundation.

Generous support is provided by Hales Gallery and Pace Gallery.

This exhibition is supported by the MCA’s Women Artists Initiative, a philanthropic commitment to further equity across gender lines and promote the work and ideas of women artists.

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Major support for Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s organization of Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Generous support is provided by the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation for the Arts, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, and the R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Exhibition Fund. Lead sponsors include Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee; JoAnn and William Sullivan. Sustaining sponsors include Andrea and David Feinberg; Hebenstreit Family Foundation; Kirk Foundation; Mark One Electric Company, Inc.; The McDonnell Foundation; Matthew Peddie and Jessica Heimes; Todd and Emily Voth, in Memory of Mary O’Dell Swett; Robert and Sally West.

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