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Joyce Tsai, Ph.D., CSM director
Joyce Tsai, Ph.D., Joyce Tsai, Ph.D., CSM director

Awful Bigness Director’s Tour with Joyce Tsai

Tue, Feb 28, 2023 06:00 - 07:30 PM MST

Venue : Clyfford Still Museum

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Category: Featured Tours, Member Events,

5:50 p.m. Doors open for members
6-6:30 p.m. Member-only behind the scenes of painting storage
6:30 p.m. Doors open for the public tour
6:45-7:30 p.m. Public tour

Organized by the Museum’s associate curator, Bailey Placzek, in collaboration with CSM’s director, Joyce Tsai, Awful Bigness fills the Museum’s largest galleries and celebrates Still’s biggest, most ambitious works. Hear directly from Joyce Tsai as she shares her take on the exhibition in this special tour.

*Members can also attend an exclusive “behind the scenes” experience in painting storage before the tour with Joyce Tsai and Katherine Wilson, CSM’s director of collections.

This program is $5 for the public, free for CSM members, and registration is required to attend in person at the Clyfford Still Museum.

Member Experience Registration

Members who plan to attend both the member experience and the public tour must register for separately for each program.

Public Registration

About Joyce Tsai, Ph.D.

A woman in a yellow and blue dress with gold shoes sits on a bench and looks at the camera with an abstract yellow painting on the concrete wall behind her
Joyce Tsai, Ph.D.

Joyce Tsai is the director of the Clyfford Still Museum and is an internationally acclaimed curator, scholar, and teacher. She arrived at CSM from the University of Iowa, where she served as Chief Curator of the Stanley Museum of Art and Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Art and Art History. During her tenure at the University of Iowa, she led initiatives that have positioned the museum as a major catalyst for innovative, high impact teaching, research, and outreach. Dr. Tsai is trained as an intellectual historian and art historian — Princeton, AB (History, cum laude); Johns Hopkins University, MA (German), PhD (Art History and Humanities). Tsai’s first book, László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography (UC Press, 2018) garnered critical acclaim for its integrated approach to avant-garde art, practice, and theory and is winner of the Phillips Collection Book Prize. She has published extensively in the field of technical art history with conservators and conservation scientists at the National Gallery of Art, Harvard Art Museums, Guggenheim, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.