Tavares Strachan: Always, Sometimes, Never Curatorial Conversation

Panel with Tavares Strachan + Erica Barrish + Carolyn McManus + Jim Thomson

Saturday, January 27, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 pm


Join artist Tavares Strachan, guest curator Erica Barrish, mindfulness expert Carolyn McManus, and oceanographer Jim Thomson for a free discussion about the exhibition Always, Sometimes, Never. The panelists will explore how mindfulness and the natural environment—especially water—can be used as tools to investigate creativity, human relationships, and how we relate to our environment.

About the Panelists:

Tavares Strachan was born in 1979 in Nassau, Bahamas. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied glass, and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. His focus on absence and presence led to his staging Seen/Unseen in 2011, an exhibition of past and new work in an undisclosed location never open to the public. In 2013, Strachan represented the Bahamas in the nation’s inaugural pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Erica Barrish, founder and principal of EAB Fine Art Services, has been actively engaged in the global art community since 1995. She has worked as an art advisor, critic, curator, and published writer. Prior to launching EAB Fine Art Services, Erica was the director of sales for Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. Previously, she spent eight years as a contemporary art specialist for Sotheby’s, Wright, and Christie’s auction houses. She also worked as an appraiser and art advisor for Appraisal Resource Associates. In 2014–2015 Erica was a visiting curator at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, where she organized the exhibition Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960–2014. She has worked on curatorial projects with the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Guggenheim Museum. She has lectured extensively at the University of Michigan, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s Institute, the Salmagundi Art Club, and the Norwood Club on topics related to the global art market.

Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher and professional trainer. She is a national leader in the integration of mindfulness into healthcare and the practice of mindfulness to promote provider well-being. She holds Master’s degrees in physical therapy from Duke University and in psychology from Antioch University. In 1998, she joined the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, where she established their popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for people with persistent pain and stress-related illness. She has over 30 years of experience in the practice of mindfulness meditation and has completed an advanced MBSR Teacher Training Program offered at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. Carolyn has led the weekly Mindfulness Meditation partnership program between the Frye Art Museum and Swedish Medical Center since 2010.

Jim Thomson was raised on the coast of Maine, where he worked in the sailing industry prior to beginning a career in physical oceanography. After completing a PhD at MIT's joint program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he joined the University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab in 2006. Dr. Thomson also has a joint appointment in the faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Dr. Thomson studies waves and turbulence at the surface of the ocean surface, including interactions with sea ice. His work emphasizes field measurements and physical processes and includes the development of instrumentation and autonomous platforms. Applications for his work include remote sensing synthesis, model development, and naval operations.

Tavares Strachan. I Belong Here, 2011. White neon, transformers. Courtesy of the artist.

Tickets Price and Tiers

Ticketing Policies
Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, and may be picked up at the information table located in the foyer outside the auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating and capacity is limited, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, email rsvp@fryemuseum.org or call 206 432-8289 at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour in advance of the program start time.