Talk – McKnight Visual Artist Discussion Series: Eugenie Tsai in conversation with David Goldes and Terry Gydesen
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Minneapolis Institute of Art
The McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to eight established Minnesota-
based artists. This discussion series, pairing a nationally recognized art critic or curator with two
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows, offers attendees an opportunity to learn more about the fellows
as well as about how their work intersects with broader contemporary art ideas and concerns.
David Goldes explores the intersection and overlapping territories of art and science,
photography, sculpture and drawing, still life, and performance to form the dynamic ground of
his process and work. Physical phenomena including those associated with water, air pressure,
and electricity are carefully examined while giving attention to the unexplained mysteries,
resonances, and suggested subjectivities that expand simple explanations. He received his BA
from SUNY Buffalo, MA from Harvard, and an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop. The
Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, represents his work.
Terry Gydesen is a documentary photographer/video artist whose past projects include Jesse
Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign, Paul Wellstone’s Senate career from 1990 to 2002,
numerous local and national campaigns, and Prince’s 1993 European tour. Gydesen’s new
work is her most personal. Transitions, A Daughter’s Journey, chronicles her parents’ move
from their home into assisted living. Due to her father’s decline from Alzheimer’s and her
mother’s deteriorating health, living independently was no longer an option. Gydesen will
continue to make engaging images, facilitating dialogues among viewers about issues of aging,
health care, memory loss, and how we talk or don’t talk about death and dying.
Eugenie Tsai is the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn
Museum. With Patrick Amsellem, she organized 21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the
Brooklyn Museum, a long-term installation that opened in 2008. Previously she was director of
curatorial affairs at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. Prior to Joining P.S. 1
in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art,
Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several
positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming associate director for
curatorial affairs. Tsai received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a PhD
from Columbia University.
Co-presented with Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Fellowships are funded by the
McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.