ICA: Author Talk with Helen Molesworth
Join ICA’s Ellen Matilda Poss Director Jill Medvedow in conversation with writer, curator, and podcaster Helen Molesworth on her new book, Open Questions: Thirty Years of Writing about Art (Phaidon). Over the past three decades, Molesworth’s singular voice and lively curatorial vision has established her as one of the most dynamic and influential voices in the world of contemporary art. Open Questions, the first ever collection of her writings, presents 24 essays from the past 30 years, gathered from exhibition catalogs and art publications such as Artforum, Documents, frieze, and October. In this wide-ranging conversation, Molesworth and Medvedow will explore art’s unique capacity for merging knowledge and feeling, reflections on Molesworth’s past writing, and new ways of viewing and thinking about contemporary art.
Helen Molesworth is a writer, curator, and podcaster based in Los Angeles. Her major monographic exhibitions include Ruth Asawa, Moyra Davey, Noah Davis, Steve Locke, Kerry James Marshall, Josiah McElheny, Catherine Opie, Amy Sillman, and Luc Tuymans. Molesworth, a prolific and award-winning author, is the recipient a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Clark Art Writing Prize, and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Award for Curatorial Excellence. Her podcast Death of an Artist made numerous “Best of 2022” lists. Molesworth was the ICA’s Barbara Lee Chief Curator from 2010 to 2014. The first ever collection of her writings, Open Questions: Thirty Years of Writing about Art, is available now from Phaidon.