Guest Curator: Christine Starkman, Whatever returns from oblivion returns to find a voice

Christine Starkman discusses her curated selection on Culture Place.

Catherine Anspon, executive editor of PaperCity Magazine, in conversation with contemporary art curator Christine Starkman. When the poet laureate Louise Gluck wrote "Whatever returns from oblivion returns to find a voice" in the poem Wild Iris, the text, perhaps, reflects an artist's voice and process of visualizing and materializing ideas to dimensional spaces. Starkman discusses her selection of ten artworks as seen through the lens of Gluck’s poem, touching on artworks by Alex Katz, Theresa Chong, David Aylsworth, Julian Opie, and more.

You who do not remember
passage from the other world
I tell you I could speak again: whatever
returns from oblivion returns
to find a voice:

from the center of my life came
a great fountain, deep blue
shadows on azure seawater.

Wild Iris, 1992
Louise Gluck

Recorded on Oct 29, 2020

Christine Starkman is a contemporary art curator interested in the global, transnational, and transcultural histories of modern and contemporary art. She has been a researcher and curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has an MA in Japanese art and architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and did PhD coursework in art history at Rice University.