University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Art History

Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts presents “GIFTS”

A public conversation between Barbara Bloom and Susan Tallman

The Department of Art and Art History and the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts is pleased to present “GIFTS”, a public conversation between Barbara Bloom and Susan Tallman, Wednesday, April 5 at 5:10 in Williams 301.

Bloom and Tallman have produced two projects together— “The Collections of Barbara Bloom”, Steidl/CP, 2008 and GIFTS, published by Ludion, Antwerp, 2015. Bloom and Tallman will talk about their artists’ book projects and their working relationship.

Since the 1970’s, Barbara Bloom has produced work in a wide range of media including photography, installation, film, and books as a means of looking at issues of collecting, museology, design, taste and our investment in the objects with which we surround ourselves. She has an ongoing interest in the value and meaning we collectively and individually bestow upon objects and images and about “the way things carry ideas”. Barbara Bloom’s work has been exhibited at the Stedlick Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Venice Biennale; Kunstverein Muncher; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The Serpentine Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Zurich; the Jewish Museum, NY and the Museum of Modern Art, NY among many others. She is represented by David Lewis Gallery, NY.

Susan Tallman is an art historian who has written extensively on the history and culture of the print as well as on issues of authenticity, reproduction and multiplicity. She is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Art in Print and her writing has appeared in Art in America and Parkett, among others. Her seminal book “Contemporary Print: Pre-Pop to Post Modern (Thames and Hudson, 1996) remains the comprehensive survey of post-war printmaking in the United States and Europe. Her writing is included in the catalog accompanying the exhibition of American prints now on view at the British Museum, “  The American Dream— Pop to Present. America. Land of the Free. Home of the Brave.” Mar. 9- June 18, 2017. She also delivered the keynote address on the occasion of the opening of this exhibition. Susan Tallman teaches in the Departments of Print Media and Art History, Theory and Criticism, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The exhibition “Artists’s Books by Barbara Bloom with Susan Tallman” will be on view in the European and American Gallery of the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont from April 4- May 21, 2017.