The Jones Center
The Contemporary Austin is pleased to announce the fall 2012 Visiting Lecturer Series. This series brings several internationally-renowned contemporary art curators, directors, and arts professionals from around the globe to Austin to conduct studio visits with selected area-based artists and present a free public lecture. The Visiting Lecturer Series provides an important opportunity for area artists to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals and helps raise the visibility of Austin’s thriving cultural scene.
Our next lecture is with Sarah C. Bancroft, curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, at 7pm on November 29, 2012. Bancroft will discuss her critically acclaimed traveling exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, which was on view in Texas in fall 2011, and her experiences as a curator at both large and small institutions in New York and in California (the Guggenheim Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art, respectively).
Sarah C. Bancroft joined the Orange County Museum of Art as curator in May 2008. In addition to her critically acclaimed traveling exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series (2011-2012), Bancroft curated the recent exhibition Two Schools of Cool (2011-2012) and organized the 2010 California Biennial. In 2009 she curated Video Work by Gao Shiquang and Chen Qiulin at OCMA as part of the Ancient Paths, Modern Voices China Festival, produced by Carnegie Hall and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and she coordinated OCMA’s presentation of the exhibition Carlos Amorales: Discarded Spider. Bancroft previously worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she co-curated the traveling exhibition James Rosenquist: A Retrospective (2003) with the late, great curator Walter Hopps and coordinated an international masterpiece exhibition from the permanent collection that traveled to Rome and Tokyo.
Bancroft received her MA in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2000. Just prior to moving to Orange County, she spent six months traveling from Stockholm to Rome conducting PhD research pertaining to the tour of James Rosenquist’s monumental painting F-111 through Europe in the mid-1960s. Her area of specialization is modern and contemporary art from the 1950s to the present.