Presented by Olga Viso, independent curator and arts consultant 

Noted contemporary-art curator and former museum director Olga Viso discusses the importance of collecting in terms of artists who work outside traditional boundaries—specifically at the intersection of the visual, performing, and media arts.   

This lecture explores Viso’s innovative collection projects during her tenure at the Walker Art Center with choreographers Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown; filmmaker John Waters; and an unprecedented partnership at Arizona State University with James Turrell to bring the artist’s monumental earth work Roden Crater to a broader public.

About the Lecture
This talk is the first in a series leading up to the opening of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, dedicated to modern and contemporary art from the MFAH collections.

About the Speaker
Olga Viso is an adviser to artists, museums, foundations, and academic institutions. She is a Fellow in Residence at the Mellon Foundation and a visiting scholar at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2013, Viso was appointed to the National Council on the Arts, which advises the National Endowment for the Arts. From 2008 to 2017, Viso served as executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis during a significant expansion and renovation.

Drop in! This lecture is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Freed Lecture series is made possible by endowment income from the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation.