• Jennifer Gross. Photo: Jennifer Florence

  • Suzanne Hudson. Photo: Filip Wolak

  • David Carrier. Image: Luca del Baldo

  • Apsara DiQuinzio

Symposium: Against the Static: New Perspectives on the Art of Harvey Quaytman

Complementing BAMPFA’s major new Harvey Quaytman retrospective, this symposium brings together critical perspectives on the painter from scholars and artists, positioning Quaytman’s innovations within the history of abstraction in the United States and abroad.


Apsara DiQuinzio, BAMPFA curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator, provides a critical and historical overview of Quaytman’s work, situating him within American and European art movements of his day.

R. H. Quaytman, noted artist and Harvey Quaytman’s daughter, offers insight into her family’s history, her father’s life and career, his studio, and his influence on her own practice.

Suzanne Hudson, associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California, examines aesthetic issues in Quaytman’s art, especially his shaped canvases of the 1970s and his relation to the post–Clement Greenberg New York milieu.

David Carrier, a philosopher who has written on Quaytman, addresses the artist’s relationship to late modernist abstraction, both American and European.

Jennifer Gross frames and moderates the symposium. Formerly deputy director of curatorial affairs and senior curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Gross knew Quaytman personally.