The Pursuit of Abstraction
Part of The Baker Museum Lecture Series
Kristin Poole, Artistic Director
Sun Valley Center for the Arts
The modern era brought enormous change to the western world. Art and artists were not only experimenting with new forms of expression, but believed art could expand our spiritual connection, freeing us from the restrictions imposed by nation, social class, gender and religion. This lecture will explore not only the expansiveness of various artistic approaches but also illustrate how art was perceived as both unifier and liberator.
Kristin Poole has served as artistic director at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts since 1997, where she leads programming for the accredited museum whose multidisciplinary approach involves exploring topics of relevancy through visual art exhibitions, humanities lectures and seminars, music and theatre performances. A curator and art historian, Poole also develops exhibitions, lectures and writes on topics related to Modernism, American craft and contemporary art. Prior to joining the staff at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Poole worked as an independent lecturer, consultant and art historian. Previous experience includes: director of Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition; curatorial assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and director of Lill Street Gallery (Chicago). She holds an master’s degree in modern art history from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in studio art and English from Denison University.