Friday, October 25, 2019
A Conversation with Jeff Koons and Christophe Cherix
Artist Jeff Koons and Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, will be engaging in a public conversation about the nature of prints and multiples, what constitutes an original in the 21st century, and the role of printmaking in the artist's body of work. Photo credit: Stefan Ruiz, 2016 (c) Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976. Koons lives and works in New York City.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27 - October 19, 2014), which traveled to the Centre Pompidou Paris (November 26, 2014 - April 27, 2015) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (June 9 - September 27, 2015). An exhibition of works by Marcel Duchamp and Koons work was on view at the Museo Jumex in Mexico City through September 2019. Koons is widely known for his iconic sculptures Rabbit and Balloon Dog as well as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992), shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Another floral sculpture, Split-Rocker (2000), previously installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, Château de Versailles, and Fondation Beyeler in Basel, was most recently on view at Rockefeller Center in 2014.
Jeff Koons has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Notably, Koons received the Governor’s Awards for the Arts “Distinguished Arts Award” from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; the “Golden Plate Award” from the Academy of Achievement; President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur; and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Koons with the State Department’s Medal of the Arts for his outstanding commitment to the Art in Embassies Program and international cultural exchange. In 2017, Koons was made the first Artist-in-Residence at Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and, also, made an Honorary Member of University of Oxford's Edgar Wind Society for Outstanding Contribution for Visual Culture. Koons has been a board member of The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) since 2002, and co-founded the Koons Family International Law and Policy Institute with ICMEC; for the purpose of combating global issues of child abduction and exploitation and to protect the world’s children.
Christophe Cherix was appointed The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art in 2013. His appointment followed a reorganization that merged the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, of which Mr. Cherix had been Chief Curator since 2010, with the Department of Drawings. He joined the Museum’s curatorial staff in July 2007, after serving as curator of the Cabinet des Estampes at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva. His specialty is modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on the art of the 1960s and 1970s.
At MoMA, Mr. Cherix’s exhibitions include Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 (with Klaus Biesenbach, 2015), Jasper Johns: Regrets (with Ann Temkin, 2014), Print/Out (2012), Contemporary Art from the Collection (with Kathy Halbreich, 2010), In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976 (2009), Fluxus Preview: Selections from the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift (with Jon Hendricks, 2009), Projects 88: Lucy McKenzie (2008), and Book/Shelf (2008).
He has been instrumental in the Museum’s recent acquisitions of the Herman and Nicole Daled Collection and Archives, the Seth Siegelaub Collection and Archives, and the Art & Project/Depot VBVR Collection, and has also worked extensively with the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection and Archives, which together have redefined the Museum’s collection of Conceptual art.
Among his past projects are surveys of Henri Matisse’s prints, Carl Andre’s poetry, and Barry Le Va’s scrapbooks. In 2003, he was the commissioner of the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, in Slovenia, where he featured artists’ books and printed materials. Mr. Cherix’s publications include the catalogue accompanying In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976, and the catalogues raisonnés of prints by Henri Michaux (with Rainer Michael Mason) and Robert Morris.
Mr. Cherix was born in Switzerland and received a License ès lettres from the University of Geneva. He was a Fellow of the Class of 2010 at the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York, which included a residency at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.