Julián Zugazagoitia examines the spiritual side of art with Leesa Fanning, Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.
Leesa Fanning is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum. She holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Kansas. She recently curated Bill Viola’s The Raft, OpenEnded Group and Bill T. Jones’ After Ghostcatching, Impressions & Improvisations: the Prints of Romare Bearden (organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation), Cao Fei’s RMB City Opera, Through African Eyes (organized by Detroit Institute of Arts), Wolfgang Laib: Without Place—Without Time—Without Body, George Segal: Street Scenes (organized by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art), Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora and Siah Armajani: Dialogue with Democracy. Fanning is currently developing a proposed exhibition on spirituality in contemporary global art.
Fanning has taught multiple classes on contemporary art at the University of Missouri and the Kansas City Art Institute as well as African art at the University of Kansas. Fanning taught “Art In-Depth” courses at the museum on ritual and myth, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle and Shirin Neshat’s Turbulent.
Cambridge University Press published Fanning’s essay, “Willem De Kooning’s Women: The Body of the Grotesque,” in an anthology, Modern Art and the Grotesque. She has also written on Robert Motherwell and Adolph Gottlieb. Fanning was a contributor to the exhibition catalogue, Sparks! The William T. Kemper Collecting Initiative.