November 09, 2016


International House Philadelphia will host an evening with Douglas Crimp, acclaimed art critic, curator and historian, on Friday, November 18 at 7 pm. This free program includes a revealing discussion with Crimp and a rare screening of Gabriel, painter Agnes Martin's only completed film. The program will also celebrate Crimp's newly published memoir, Before Pictures

Crimp will discuss his thinking on Martin and ruminate on his formative experiences as a young gay man in the New York art world of the late 1960s and 1970s before the onslaught of the AIDS crisis.

Crimp will be joined in conversation by Karen Redrobe, the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media and chair of the department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss Crimp's book and reflections on Martin.

 is a pensive mediation on perception and innocence as it follows a young boy as he roams rural New Mexico, not far from where Martin lived and worked. Two years prior to the Institute of Contemporary Art’s iconic 1973 Agnes Martin exhibition, Crimp organized his own show of the painter and began a dialogue with her.  Martin is the subject of a retrospective exhibition currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Douglas Crimp is the author of On the Museum’s Ruins; Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics; and "Our Kind of Movie": The Films of Andy Warhol. He was also the curator of the landmark Pictures exhibition at Artists Space, New York, in 1977. Copies of Before Pictures will be available for purchase at this event.

This program is co-presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art and the History of Art Department, University of Pennsylvania.  To learn more or RSVP, visit

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