How Skowhegan encouraged MoMA curator to give up painting

MoMA curator Kathy Halbreich spent the summer of 1965 at Skowhegan, Gallerist NY reports from a New York dinner for the Maine artist residency, “and described herself as ‘the first and last 16 year old to attend.’ She also mentioned that it was ‘the first time I got stinking drunk, which prepared me for a life in the arts’ … Alex Katz, who was teaching at the school the summer Ms. Halbreich attended, had something to do with her ditching her career as an artist to become a curator and historian. His critique of one of her paintings was ‘take it away.’” Also, Kara Walker “didn’t want to talk about the time in the early 90′s when Skowhegan rejected her application.”

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