Unlike many of his contemporaries, Clyfford Still enjoyed a long career. What does it take for an artist to sustain their creativity over time? Does success increase pressure on a creative person? Join us and hear three seasoned contemporary artists reflect on their careers and their work.
This multidisciplinary panel includes dancer/choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson, visual artist/designer Clark Richert, and musician Pamela Z. The discussion will be moderated by curator and former director of the Clyfford Still Museum, Dean Sobel.
Cleo Parker Robinson is Founder and Artistic Director of the 50 year-old US-based Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. As a master teacher/choreographer and cultural ambassador, her organization encompasses the renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Cleo II (2nd Company), a Youth Ensemble, an Academy of Dance, an International Summer Dance Institute, a 240-seat theatre and a diversity of educational and community outreach programs. She is the recipient of honors and awards from international civic, community, and artistic organizations. Together with her Ensemble, Robinson brings the power and beauty of dance to the world community, with her philosophy of “One Spirit, Many Voices” reflected in the vision she and her organization share everywhere they go.
Through his large paintings, Clark Richert speculates about the nature of reality. Richert explores symmetry and quasi-crystal geometry in large paintings and prints. His group and solo gallery exhibitions span the last 50 years. He participated in the Millennium Criss Cross Exhibition in New York and the exhibition Flat Out at the Cornell DeWitt Gallery in Chelsea, NY. In 2011-12, he was included in the exhibition, WEST OF CENTER, shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ among others. In 2015, Richert was featured at the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis in a group exhibition entitled Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. During the summer of 2019, his work is featured in a double retrospective at the MCA Denver, Clark Richert in hyperspace and Clark Richert: Pattern and Dimensions. In addition to public and corporate commissions, his work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Museum, Amoco, Container Corporation of America and many others.
Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist making works for voice, electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles (including Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird). Her awards include the Rome Prize, United States Artists, the Guggenheim, Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Herb Alpert Award.