In conjunction with our current exhibition of contemporary sculpture, this conversation will focus on formal approaches to sculpture over the last several decades, looking closely at how artists of different generations and backgrounds have made distinct choices to resolve material into form. These formal decisions reflect highly intentional ways of thinking about sculpture, which can be contextualized within art history and criticism.
Please join us together with curator and scholar, Kristen Hileman, at the gallery for an in-person conversation on Saturday, June 17th. A Sculpture Show featuring Anthony Caro, Jon Isherwood, Jae Ko, Jane Manus, and John Ruppert will be on view through Saturday, July 8th.
Kristen Hileman is an Independent Curator and museum leader who works to realize inspiring and relevant projects by artists at all stages of their careers who address the contemporary human condition. As a graduate of American University and the University of Maryland College Park, Hileman has remained a pillar in the Baltimore/Washington Arts Community.
Hileman first launched her curatorial career as an Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.) in 2001, and was later appointed Associate Curator in 2007. During her time at the Hirshhorn, she oversaw two curated permanent installations: “Ways of Seeing: John Baldessari Explores the Collection” and “Strange Bodies: Figurative Works”. Hileman served as Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD) from 2009 through 2019.
Exhibitions of note include Andy Warhol: The Last Decade (October 17, 2010 – January 9, 2011), Seeing Now: Photography 1960 – Today (February 20 – May 15, 2011), Candida Höfer: Interior Worlds (November 16, 2011- February 26, 2012), Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts (April 4 – July 15, 2018), Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things (July 18 – November 25, 2018), Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance (May 2 – November 11, 2018), Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin (October 7, 2018 – January 8, 2019), and most recently her successful John Waters retrospective, currently on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Special installations of note include Sarah Oppenheimer: Architectural Intervention (November 2012 – ongoing), Oliver Herring: Areas for Action (October 23, 2016 – October 29, 2017), Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits(October 1, 2017 – February 24, 2019), and Spencer Finch: Moon Dust (February 21, 2018 – February 2025). Kristen oversaw the reinstallation of the Contemporary Wing in November 2012. She led efforts to conserve Bruce Nauman’s Violins Violence Silence in 2014, which was made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and additional BMA individual donors.