Talk and Screening: Melissa Ragain on the work of Robert Fulton and an early history of the Carpenter Center

  • Image credit: Melissa Ragain, courtesy of the speaker, photograph: Clay Bolt

Talk + Screening

  1. Nov 16, 2023, 6 – 8 pm
Theater, Lower Level


Join us for a talk and screening with art historian Melissa Ragain who will speak on the work of Robert Fulton, including Reality’s Invisible (1971) and Wilderness: A country in the mind (1984), and an early history of the Carpenter Center. This program takes place on the occasion of the Carpenter Center's 60th anniversary exhibition This Machine Creates Opacities: Robert Fulton, Renée Green, Pierre Huyghe, and Pope.L.   

Dr. Melissa Ragain is an Associate Professor at Montana State University, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art history, specializing in environmental aesthetics and the intellectual history of art. She is the author of Domesticating the Invisible: Form and Environmental Anxiety in Postwar America (University of California Press 2021), and the editor of Jack Burnham’s, Dissolve into Comprehension: Writings and Interviews, 1964-2004, (MIT Press 2015). Her writing has appeared in Art Journal, Art Journal Open, Hyperallergic, X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly, Criticism, and American Art. She was a 2010-11 Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, a 2016-17 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, and a recipient of a 2016 Art Writers Grant from the Warhol Foundation/ Creative Capital. Based in Livingston, Montana, her new research considers the importance of environmental emplacement to artmaking in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. In addition to her work as a scholar, she curates independent projects and has been the curator for Tinworks Art in Bozeman, Montana since 2020.