- Contemporary Art at the Gardner
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- Sophie Calle: Last Seen
- Adam Pendleton: Untitled
- Raqs Media Collective: The Great Bare Mat & Constellation
- Stefano Arienti: Wild Carrot
- Luisa Lambri: Portrait
- Magic Moments: The Screen and the Eye–9 Artists 9 Projections
- (TAPESTRY) RADIO ON: New Work by Victoria Morton at the Gardner
- Points of View: 20 Years Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner
- Stefano Arienti: Ailanthus
- Danijel Zezelj: Once
- Taro Shinoda: Lunar Reflections
- Su-Mei Tse: Floating Memories
- Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella, Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008
- Cliff Evans: Empyrean
- Stefano Arienti: The Asian Shore
- Sculpture and Memory: Works from the Gardner and by Luigi Ontani
- Henrik Håkansson: Cyanopsitta spixii Case Study #001
- Michele Iodice: A Pagan Feast
- Variations On a Theme by Sol Lewitt and Paula Robison
- Danijel Zezelj: Stray Dogs
- Dayanita Singh: Chairs
- Maurizio Cannavacciuolo: TV Dinner
- Elaine Reichek: madamimadam
- Joseph Kosuth: Artist, Curator, Collector
- Nari Ward: Episodes: Bus Park & Forevermore
- Manfred Bischoff
- Ackroyd & Harvey: Presence
- Laura Owens
- Denise Marika: New Works by Denise Marika
- Dorit Cypis: The Body in the Picture
- Artists By 1999
Born in 1942, Ann Lauterbach was raised in New York City. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she attended Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. She moved to London before completing her MA in English Literature.
Lauterbach lived in London for eight years, working variously in publishing and art institutions. On her return to the U.S., she worked for a number of years in art galleries in New York before she began teaching.
Lauterbach is the author of several poetry collections, including Or to Begin Again (Penguin, 2009), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and which takes its name from a sixteen-poem elegy inspired by both Lewis Carroll's Alice and T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland. She is also the author of Hum (2005), If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000 (2001), On a Stair (1997), And for Example (1994), Clamor (1991), Before Recollection (1987), and Many Times, but Then (1979), as well as a book of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience.
About her work, John Ashbery has said: "Ann Lauterbach's poetry goes straight to the elastic, infinite core of time."
She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and in 1995, she was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
Lauterbach has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia, Iowa, Princeton, City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, where she has also been, since 1991, co-chair of writing in the Milton Avery School of the Arts. She was also a visiting core critic at the Yale Graduate School of the Arts.
As part of her residency, Ann Lauterbach hosted an Eye of the Beholder lecture titled How the Eye Listens. She discussed works of art that she had experience throughout her life (not in the Gardner’s collection) through poems. These works included paintings by Simone Martini, Matisse, Picasso, Robert Ryman, Bill Jensen, and Ellen Phelan; photographs by Jan Groover; and drawings and sculpture by Joseph Beuys. The poems were investigations into the formal and affective possibilities of verbal imagery drawn from visual inspiration, rather than descriptions of the works, allowing Lauterbach to explore the relation between seeing and saying. She also read from new work written while she was in residence at the Gardner, including a poem titled Handheld (At the Gardner Museum). Download the poem in PDF (3 MB). The poem, which highlighted several pieces from the collection, was published in the Journal Eye to Eye and featured in Conjunctions, a bi-annual journal of new writing by writers and artists.