Critical Junctures in Review - By Dejha Carrington

Tuesday Mar 7th, 2017

Blog > Critical Junctures in Review - By Dejha Carrington

“A mistake is a missed opportunity,” said Glenn Ligon.
On Sunday, March 5 at New York Live Arts, an intimate audience of artists, curators, patrons and luminaries gathered in a black box theatre for a talk about Critical Junctures – the New York edition of YoungArts’ signature Salon Series.  Ligon, lauded conceptual artist known for exploring social and cultural identity, seemed just as captivated as Samora Pinderhughes, emerging pianist, composer and 2009 YoungArts Winner in Jazz, was with him.  The reciprocity was palpable by the energy and openness of the conversation: while Pinderhughes asked for earnest advice about how Ligon takes on collaborations, Ligon inquired about Pinderhughes’ approach to scoring film.
When an audience member asked the artists what they do when they get stuck, both turned to each other looking for answers. Samora, who named YoungArts master artists Jason Moran and Anna Deavere Smith among his mentors, talked about the importance of looking outside oneself. Ligon echoed this sentiment and named several of his favorite authors—some of whom he’s never met—as a source for inspiration.

Samora Pinderhughes and Glenn Ligon (from left) during the Critical Junctures Salon. Photo by Em Watson.

Glenn Ligon and Samora Pinderhughes discussing their inspirations, Photo by Em Watson.

Samora Pinderhughes in conversation. Photo by Em Watson.

Samora Pinderhughes, Glenn Ligon, Carolina Garcia Jayaram, and Sarah Arison (from left). Photo by Em Watson.

The next Critical Junctures Salon takes place on May 14 at New York Live Arts, spotlighting American Ballet Theater’s Alexei Ratmansky in conversation with Cassandra Trenary (2011 Winner in Dance). Buy tickets.
The capstone of an exciting New York art fair week, this special interdisciplinary edition was generously supported by PULSE360 - PULSE Art Fair's new year-round events initiative in which art enthusiasts and collectors are invited to intimate, thoughtful and connective experiences centered around art and culture.  Inaugural events include a gallery tour of PULSE Prize Winner Elisabeth Condon's UNNATURAL LIFE at Emerson Dorsch's new Miami gallery and a studio visit with PROJECTS artist Zoë Buckman in New York City. If you are interested in receiving further information about PULSE360, please email [email protected].