Conversation with Allison Katz and Daisy Desrosiers


Conversation with Allison Katz and Daisy Desrosiers

    Saturday 13 February 2021, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Join us at 1:00 PM EST on Saturday February the 13th to hear Allison Katz in conversation with long-time friend and collaborator Daisy Desrosiers on the occasion of her new publication, published by JRP|Editions in collaboration with Oakville Galleries and MIT List Visual Arts Center.

This program is generously supported by our Public Programs Partner Chubb.

About the speakers

Daisy Desrosiers is the inaugural Director of Artist Programs at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College in Waterville (Maine, USA). She is an interdisciplinary art historian and independent curator. Her thesis concerns the cultural, post-colonial, and material implications of the use of sugar in contemporary art. She was the guest-critic for the Brooklyn Rail (NY, USA) in May 2020 and curated exhibitions in Canada, the US, and Europe. In 2018, she was the inaugural recipient of the Nicholas Fox Weber curatorial fellowship, affiliated with the Glucksman Museum (Cork, Ireland), as well as a curatorial fellow-in-residence at Art in General (Brooklyn, NY).

Allison Katz was born in Montreal, Canada in 1980 and currently lives and works in London, England. She studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and received her MFA from Columbia University in New York. In early 2021, Nottingham Contemporary will present new work by the artist in her first solo museum exhibition in the UK. Additional significant institutional solo exhibitions of her work have been organized by the MIT List Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada; and Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. Notable group exhibitions include Slow Painting, curated by Hayward Gallery (presented at Leeds Museum and Art Gallery, Leeds, UK; Levinsky Galley, Plymouth, UK); Maskulinitäten, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany; One If By Land, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China; City Prince/sess, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Paint, Also Known as Blood, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; and Puddle, Pothole, Portal, SculptureCenter, New York, NY. A comprehensive monograph on Katz's work was published by JRP|Editions, Geneva in 2020.

Book List

During the Q&A for her talk with Daisy Desrosiers, Allison Katz was asked what publications she looked to during the production of her book. She put together the following list of books for us (in no particular order), each chosen for their unique and outstanding design:

Allison Katz

  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz, cat. Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 2005
  • René Daniëls: The Words Are Not In Their Proper Place, cat. Van Abbemuseum & Museo Nactional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2011
  • Paul Thek: Shrine, cat. Kolumba, 2012
  • Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes, cat. Hirshhorn Museum & Deichtorhallen Hamburg & Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2018
  • Copley, cat. Fondazione Prada & The Menil Collection, 2016
  • DAS INSTITUT, cat. Serpentine, 2016.
  • Georgia Sagri and I, cat. Kunstverein Braunschweig & Portikus, 2018
  • Animals by Kuniyoshi, Daifukushorin/KANEKO Nobuhisa, 2017
  • Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art, cat. Stedelijk Museum, 2016

We were also incredibly grateful to Daisy for sharing with us this wonderful list of books and people she likes to keep around:

Daisy Desrosiers

  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz, cat. Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 2005
  • Anne Truitt, Day Book: The Journey of an Artist (Penguin Paperbacks, 1984)
  • Stories of almost everyone, cat. Hammer Museum, 2018
  • Édouard Glissant, Poetic of Relations (University of Michigan Press, 1997)
  • Kate Briggs, This Little Art (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018)



Saturday, 13 February 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm


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