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Artists on Cezanne: Julia Fish and Rodney McMillian



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Artists Rodney McMillian and Julia Fish join exhibition co-curator Caitlin Haskell, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, in conversation about Cezanne.

Cezanne sought to develop a visual language that could fully translate his intense feelings into paintings. In doing so, he opened up possibilities that were embraced and elaborated by artists in his time and into the present. Julia Fish and Rodney McMillian, both of whom contributed to the exhibition catalogue, will explore Cezanne’s art-making practice and why it continues to resonate.

About the Speakers

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Julia Fish’s practice engages both site and context, in temporary public installations as well as the sustained sequence of paintings and works on paper developed in reference to the architecture of her home and studio. Fish’s paintings were presented in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and her more than two dozen solo exhibitions include DePaul Art Museum’s recent ten-year survey. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Fish is professor emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Rodney McMillian is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with sculpture, installation, painting, video, and performance. He has had solo exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries in both the United States and in Europe, and his works are part of the permanent collections of the UCLA Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as the Studio Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.


Part of the Art Institute since 2018, Caitlin Haskell is the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator in Modern and Contemporary Art and director of Ray Johnson Collections and Research. A scholar of 20th-century painting and sculpture, her exhibitions and publications have addressed the production and critical reception of modern art in Europe and the Americas. 

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