Two Exhibitions and a Conversation

UMOCA presents an art talk with Bartholomew Ryan
APR 23 | 7 PM

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is thrilled to host an art talk with Bartholomew Ryan, the assistant curator of the Walker Art Center and the soon-to-be Milton Fine Curator of Art for The Andy Warhol Museum.

As a curator, Ryan serves as the intermediary for the artist, the institution and the public, and he works to balance outlook with complexity. His approach keeps the audience in mind, but aims to allow contemporary artists’ individual practices to speak for themselves. Ryan has sustained an open-ended look at contemporary art, both inside the Walker and out, and is dedicated to the growth, transformation, and resonance of contemporary art.

From the Walker's "International Pop."

From the Walker’s “International Pop,” which Ryan co-curated.

In his talk, “Two Exhibitions and a Conversation,” Ryan will respond to the themes explored in UMOCA’s Main Gallery exhibition, Panopticon, by looking to two of his recent exhibitions and their related themes, 9 Artists and International Pop.

9 Artists, from 2013, explored the role of the artist in contemporary culture. As Ryan states in the 9 Artists catalogue epilogue, “We are entering an age of ever-increasing surveillance—with chilling effects on individual expression and the nurturing of difference, but also of access to multiple competing and elucidatory sources of information.”

International Pop, which is currently on display at the Walker Art Center, examines the various ways that artists engaged the popular from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, which then seemed radical, but are common today: “The image world as an extension of self, the individual curating information via status feeds, the rise of social media that is one of the most profound changes of our time,” explains Ryan and co-curator Darsie Alexander in the exhibition’s opening letter.

Focusing on particular artists and artworks, Ryan will consider the changing nature of surveillance, the question of self-broadcasting in an era of social networking, and the ways in which the democratization of looking can become a positive value, a means to reflect power back on itself.

Join us for an art talk with Bartholomew Ryan in UMOCA’s Creer Auditorium on April 23 at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public.


About Bartholomew Ryan


Bartholomew Ryan joined the Walker Art Center as a curatorial fellow and, during his six year tenure, rose to become an assistant curator. Shows he organized for the Walker often brought together international artists not previously seen in the Midwest, including shows such as “International Pop,” a wide-ranging reappraisal of a pivotal moment in American art; “Painter Painter,” an examination of contemporary approaches to abstraction: and the Walker’s presentation of the traveling show, “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s.” This May, Ryan will leave Minneapolis for a senior curatorial post at The Andy Warhol Museum as the Milton Fine Curator of Art. Ryan has a MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BA in drama and theater studies from Trinity College Dublin.