In conversation: Judy Pfaff and Helaine Posner

“Looking Forward/Looking Back,” a series of public dialogues with artists and curators from the University Gallery’s 30-year exhibition history, will culminate with a conversation between artist Judy Pfaff and curator Helaine Posner on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Pfaff is an artist whose achievements defy stylistic categorization. Since the 1970s, Pfaff has mingled drawing, painting, and sculpture and has explored how to make painting more three-dimensional and sculpture more painterly. From the beginning of her career in the 1970s, she has worked with a wide and unusual range of materials and has inspired younger artists to venture outside the traditional distinctions made between painting and sculpture.

In 1982, Pfaff''s site-specific installation "Boa" at the University Gallery filled every inch of available space with color, line, shapes and texture. During that decade she gained international prominence and has since mounted more than 100 solo exhibitions and installations and participated in more than 200 group exhibitions. Her work appears in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2004 Pfaff was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Posner, director of the University Gallery from 1984-88, was curator of the List Visual Art Center at MIT from 1991-98, and is currently adjunct curator at the American Federation of Arts in New York.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception held in the University Gallery after the conversation.