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18 JUN 2019
Conversa entre Philippe Vergne (Diretor do Museu de Serralves) e Frances Morris (Diretora da Tate Modern).

Frances Morris has played a key role in the development of Tate, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000–2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art until April 2016 when she was appointed to her current role. Frances was jointly responsible for the initial presentation of the opening collection displays at Tate Modern in 2000, which radically transformed the way museums present the story of modern art. Frances led the transformation of Tate’s International Collection, strategically broadening and diversifying its international reach, its representation of women artists and developing the collection of live art and performance and pioneering new forms of museum display. She has curated landmark exhibitions, many of which were large-scale international collaborations, including acclaimed major retrospectives of women artists, Louise Bourgeois in 2007, Yayoi Kusama in 2012 and Agnes Martin in 2015. In 2017 she co-curated Tate Modern’s major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti.

Earlier in her career Frances Morris curated Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism in 1993 and in 1995 she worked with Stuart Morgan on the exhibition Rites of Passage. Specialising in post-war European and contemporary international art, she has published and broadcast widely on the subject and has also curated projects with many contemporary artists from Britain and abroad, including Miroslaw BalkaChris Burden, Genevieve Cadieux, Sophie CalleMark DionLuciano FabroPaul McCarthy and Nicholas Pope.

Frances holds a BA in History of Art from Cambridge University, an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and is an Hon Fellow King’s College Cambridge. She is a Board member at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Board Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and a member of the CIMAM Board.

Philippe Vergne is director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, since April 2019. Was director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) from March 2014 to September 2018. Prior to his appointment at MOCA, Vergne served for five years as director of the Dia Art Foundation, New York where he built an international reputation as a successful and committed museum leader with a deep knowledge of contemporary art, a respected curatorial vision, close relationships with artists and the international contemporary art community and strong fundraising skills. Prior to leading the Dia Foundation, Vergne held leadership roles as Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he worked for over a decade organizing more than 25 international exhibitions as well as artist residencies and the Herzog & de Meuron facility expansion; and as Director of the Musée d’art Contemporain (MAC) in Marseille, France.
At MOCA, Vergne has lead a full reshaping of the Board, the staff, the programs and developed a long range plan for the Museum, while raising over $40 Million dollars for both endowment and programs.
At Dia, Vergne’s institutional accomplishments include the rebuilding and transformation of the Dia Art Foundation, achieved by successfully stewarding and developing its board, fundraising for operations and capital projects, instituting long-range planning and cultivating close relationships with artist and donor communities. Since 1992 Vergne has organized and curated monographic, group and thematic exhibitions at major institutions around the world including, among others for Carl André, Yves Klein, Huang Yong Ping and Kara Walker and in 2006, Vergne co-curated the Whitney Biennial with Chrissie Iles. Vergne has edited and contributed essays to numerous books and catalogues, and has written for major art magazines. He is also a frequent lecturer. In 1988, Vergne received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Paris II, Assas and in 1989 he received a BA in archeology and the history of modern art from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne, where he continued his art history studies, earning an MA (1991) and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (first doctoral diploma) (1992).
In 2014, Vergne was awarded the Légion d’honneur in recognition of his 24 years of service to the arts. Vergne was also named chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2004.
  • LocationMuseu
  • Schedule18h30 - 19h30
  • Days18 JUN 2019

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