The Curator's Perspective

 

Weng Choy Lee

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
December 12, 2010

On Sunday, December 12, Weng Choy Lee will speak at The Curator’s Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series that features international curators who distill current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

Weng Choy Lee is an art critic based in Singapore, and director of Projects, Research & Publications, Osage Art Foundation. Weng Choy’s essays have been published in Broadsheet, Forum On Contemporary Art & Society, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, and Yishu. He serves on the academic advisory board of the Asia Art Archive, and is president of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics. From 2000 to 2009, he was artistic co-director of The Substation arts centre in Singapore. Weng Choy has a BA in Philosophy from Berkeley, and an MA in English Literature from Mills.


The Curator’s Perspective: Weng Choy Lee has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from the New Museum; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

 

 

 

Glenn Phillips

The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
7-9 pm
November 9, 2010

Glenn Phillips, Principal Project Specialist and Consulting Curator in the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, will speak about time-based work, public art, and performance that he has been particularly interested in while researching Pacific Standard Time: Art and L.A., 1945-1980, the large exhibition of time-based and public works organized with the Getty at venues across Los Angeles in 2011. This event has been produced in collaboration with The Kitchen, New York.

About Glenn Phillips

Glenn Phillips is Principal Project Specialist and Consulting Curator in the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.  His exhibition California Video won the International Association of Art Crtics award for best exhibition of digital media, video, or film in 2008. His other exhibitions include Time/Space, Gravity and Light; Marking Time; Evidence of Movement; Reckless Behavior; Pioneers of Brazilian Video Art 1973-1983; Surveying the Border: Three Decades of Video Art about the United States and Mexico; and Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art 1968-88.  Prior to working at the Getty he was Assistant Curator for Special Projects at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he worked on a number of exhibitions, including No Wave Cinema; The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000; the 1997, 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions; Bitstreams: Art in the Digital Age;  and Tony Oursler: The Darkest Color Infinitely Amplified.  He is currently a member of the curatorial team for Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A.1945-1980, a series of more than forty concurrent exhibitions that will open across Southern California beginning in Fall 2011.


The Curator’s Perspective: Glenn Phillips has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from The Kitchen; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

 

 

 

Virginija Januskeviciute

New York University
Steinhardt School of Education
Einstein Auditorium (1st Floor)
34 Stuyvesant St. (between 2nd and 3rd Aves. at 9th St.)
New York City
7-9 pm
October 25, 2010

The Curator’s Perspective, ICI’s itinerant public discussion series, continues this fall with visiting curator Virginija Januskeviciute. Each event in The Curator’s Perspective series features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

Throughout October and November, Virginija Januskeviciute will participate in a series of public lectures in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania organized as part of her curatorial residency with ICI through the CEC ArtsLink Residencies program. This conversation series will highlight her experience as a curator from the former Soviet Block, and will focus on her interest in new curatorial strategies adopted by institutions today as they aim to engage in increasingly international and interdisciplinary projects or exhibitions. Her New York lecture on October 25 is hosted by NYU’s Department of Art and Art Professions, Visual Arts Administration M.A.Program.

About Virginija Januskeviciute

Virginija Januskeviciute is currently a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she has organized numerous projects such as The Joy is Not Mentioned, 2007, part of an ongoing ‘young Lithuanian artists’ series, and featuring Egle Budvytyte, Goda Budvytyte and Ieva Miseviciute; and For the First and the Second Time, 2008, an exhibition of artists investigating the history of Modernism, in collaboration with Stroom, a center for visual arts and architecture based in The Hague. Most recently Virginija is programming the Reading Room, CAC’s venue for talks, discussions, lectures, performances and presentations as well at curatorial and artistic experimentation.

Over the years, Virginija has organized several large-scale international exhibitions, and individual projects with emerging and established artists. She has worked on a number of publications and played a crucial role in CAC TV – CAC’s weekly project for television offering a platform to young emerging artists. CAC TV was organized out of CAC and ran on local television from 2004 to 2007. In 2006 she participated in the Mobile Academy in Warsaw – an educational project by Hannah Hurtzig touring internationally since 1999. In 2007 Virginija organized iMagine, a seminar in Vilnius, one of the Public Preparation events of the Biennale of Young Artists in Tallinn. She also coordinated Vilnius Is Burning an exhibition in Torino and accompanying book project curated by Raimundas Malasauskas.


The Curator’s Perspective: Virginija Januskeviciute is made possible, in part, by grants from CEC ArtsLink, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from New York University; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

 

 

 

 

Zoe Butt

PPOW Gallery
511 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
6:30-8:30pm
July 14, 2010

On Wednesday, July 14, Zoe Butt will talk about her experiences collaborating with artists to forge new practices of both curatorship and creation in the volatile world of China, Vietnam and across the global south. Presenting her work at San Art in Ho Chi Minh City as well as a series of recent artist projects including Xu Zhen’s The Starving of Sudan project, Yang Shaobin’s X-Blindspot project, and Dinh Q Le’s Farmers and the Helicopters project (currently on view at MoMA), Butt will explore context and the limitations and boundaries in the production and presentation of art.

This is the summer installment of The Curator’s Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series that features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

This event will be preceded by a small wine reception at 6:30 pm. The Curator’s Perspective is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x26.

About Zoe Butt

Zoe Butt is Curator and Director (Programs and Development) for San Art, an independent artist-run gallery space and reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. She is also Curatorial Manager for Post Vi-Dai, a private collection of contemporary Vietnamese art based between Ho Chi Minh City and Geneva. Previously she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project – a complex, multi-platform, international artist organization and ongoing art project based in Beijing, China.  Prior to this she was Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia where she assisted in the development of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT); key acquisitions for the Contemporary Asian art collection, and other associated gallery programs. For over 10 years she has been researching contemporary Asian art and has both independently and collaboratively curated exhibitions and contributed to various international art publications that have reflected the dynamic art of this region.

Read Zoe Butt’s DISPATCH.

Visit Post Vi-Dai’s website.


This season of The Curator’s Perspective has been made possible by the support of Agnes Gund.

 

 

 

 

Sergio Edelsztein

303 Gallery
547 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
7-8:30 pm
May 27, 2010

On Thursday, May 27, Sergio Edelsztein will speak on political activism in Israeli video art in conversation with Kate Fowle, ICI’s executive director. This talk will be the third spring installment of The Curator’s Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series in venues throughout New York that was instigated in Fall 2009. Each incarnation features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world. Speakers have included Vasif Kortun (Istanbul), Lars Bang Larsen (Copenhagen/Barcelona), Ana Paula Cohen (São Paulo), María del Carmen Carrión (Quito), and Bisi Silva (Lagos). The talks have provided opportunities for international curators to directly engage with New York audiences (curators, artists, and enthusiasts) to facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas as a consequence of face-to-face conversations.

This event will be preceded by a small wine reception at 6:30 pm. The Curator’s Perspective is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x26.

About Sergio Edelsztein

Sergio Edelsztein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1956 and studied at the Tel Aviv University from 1976-85. Edelsztein founded and directed Artifact Gallery in Tel Aviv (1987-1995), and in 1995 founded The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv where he has been director and chief curator ever since. In the framework of the CCA, he curated seven Performance Art Biennials and four International Video Art Biennials. He has also curated numerous experimental and video art screenings, retrospectives, and performance events. Since 1995 he has curated exhibitions and time-based events in Spain, China and elsewhere, as well as the Israeli participation at the 24th São Paulo Biennial and the 2005 Israeli Pavilion at the 51st Biennale in Venice. Edelsztein has lectured, presented video programs and published writings in Israel, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Austria, Germany, China, the USA, Argentina, and other countries, and has written extensively for catalogues, web sites, and publications.

This season of The Curator’s Perspective has been made possible by the support of Agnes Gund.

 

 

 

Bisi Silva

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY
4-6 pm
May 9, 2010

ICI (Independent Curators International) has developed its first touring curatorial conversation with Bisi Silva, an independent curator and the founder/director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. Throughout May, Silva will participate in a series of public lectures, panel discussions, and conversations across the U.S., including Chicago, Houston, New York, Williamstown, MA, and Newark, NJ.

The conversation series will explore the growing impact of transnational practice, using Silva’s extensive curatorial experiences across Africa, Asia, and Europe as a starting point for discussion. Looking at the potential for new dynamic forms of exhibition-making and cultural exchange, Silva will present her research into artists, as well as respond to questions posed on the subjects of the expansion of curatorial networks and emerging collaborative institutional models around the world.

Organized as part of ICI’s new programming initiatives that provide a platform for innovative curators to directly connect with diverse publics, this conversation series will be Silva’s first visit to the United States in over a decade. ICI’s executive director Kate Fowle will moderate the conversations and each event will be recorded, so that transcripts and edited video footage can be made available on ICI’s website.

May 9, 2010
4-6 pm
The Curator’s Perspective with Bisi Silva
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY

Bisi Silva will present at ICI’s The Curator’s Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series, featuring an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

About Bisi Silva

Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos), which opened in December 2007. She was co-curator of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty (September 2009), as well as Maputo: A tale of One City (February 2009). In 2008 she was co-selector with Portuguese curator Isabel Carlos for the international Artists’ Prize, Artes Mundi 3.  In 2007 Silva co-curated Contact Zone: Contemporary Art from West and North Africa at the National Museum of Mali, as well as Telling… Contemporary Finnish photography at the 7th African photography biennale in Bamako. As director of CCA, Lagos, she has curated Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi and The Art of the Album Cover (2007); Ndidi Dike, Waka-into-bondage:The Last ¾ Mile (2008) and George Osodi, Paradise Lost: Revisiting the Niger Delta (2008) as well as ‘Like A Virgin…’, Lucy Azubuike (NIG) and Zanele Muholi (SA) (2009).  In 2006 Silva co-curated the Dakar Biennale in Senegal.  Other recent curatorial projects include In the Light of Play at Durban Art Gallery and Johannesburg Art Fair (March/April 2009) and Chance Encounters, Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (April/May 2009) and Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (Aug/Oct 2009). Silva has written for international art magazines and journals such as Artforum, artinfo.com, Art Monthly, Untitled, Third Text, M Metropolis, Agufon, and for Nigerian newspapers such as ThisDay and 234Next. She is on the editorial board of N Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal.

Read Bisi’s blog of her trip to the United States here.

 

 

 

María del Carmen Carrión

New York University
Steinhardt School of Education
Einstein Auditorium (1st Floor)
34 Stuyvesant St. (between 2nd and 3rd Aves. at 9th St.)
New York City
7-9 pm
March 10, 2010

On Wednesday, March 10, María del Carmen Carrión opens this year’s itinerant public discussion series with a lecture hosted by NYU’s Department of Art and Art Professions, Visual Arts Administration M.A.Program.

Each installment of The Curator’s Perspective features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

María del Carmen Carrión is an Ecuadorian curator, writer, and cultural advisor. She is co-founder of ceroinspiración an exhibition and residency space in Quito, where she recently curated the exhibition PACO GRUEXXO vs EL HOMBRE FOCA. In 2009 she designed Ecuador’s National Grants System for the Arts. Between 2005 and 2008 she worked as Associate Curator of New Langton Arts, a non-profit gallery in San Francisco. At Langton she organized several group exhibitions including: Small Things End, Great Things Endure (2008); Critical Foreground (2007); Nothing Stands Still (2006); Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton (2006); Elusive Materials (2006); and The Revolving Archive (2006). She also curated solo exhibitions of Julio César Morales, Tercerunquinto, and Pete Nelson; and produced new video work by Adrian Paci. During this time, she started the video program A La Carta in Ecuador, presenting with guest curators from the US and Latin America over 20 video screenings of emerging and mid-career artists. María del Carmen’s former positions include Assistant Curator for Museo de Arte Moderno Casa de la Cultura, and Research Coordinator for Museo de la Ciudad both in Quito. In 2005 she earned her master’s degree from the Curatorial Practice program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She currently lives between Quito and San Francisco.

This event is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x 26.

This season of The Curator’s Perspective has been made possible through the support of Agnes Gund.

 

 

 

Ana Paula Cohen

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York City
December 13, 2009

Ana Paula Cohen is the third guest in ICI’s new curatorial talk series wherein an international curator distills the current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

Ana Paula Cohen is an independent curator, editor and writer based in Brazil. She is currently a curator in residence at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.  Cohen was the adjunct curator for the 28th Bienal de São Paulo titled In Living Contact (October-December 2008); previous to that she served as co-curator for the 2007 project Encuentro Internacional de Medellín 07 in Colombia, in which she created, in collaboration with other artists and curators, a new center for contemporary art – La Casa del Encuentro. Cohen has been a contributor to several art magazines, such as Frieze, ArtNexus and Exit Express, and has written for many art publications, concerning the work of artists such as Goldin & Senneby, Javier Penãfiel, Rosangela Rennó and Oscar Muñoz, and Cildo Meireles. Cohen has organized many conferences and talk series, including most recently “History as a flexible matter: artistic practices and new systems of reading” (November 2008) for the Bienal de São Paulo.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited.

This event, and all of our Fall 2009 The Curator’s Perspective talks, were made possible by the generous support of Leila and Mickey Straus.

 

 

 

Lars Bang Larsen

Metro Pictures
519 West 24th Street

New York City
October 22, 2009

Lars Bang Larsen is the second guest in ICI’s new curatorial talk series wherein an international curator distills the current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

An independent curator and writer based in Barcelona, Lars Bang Larsen is known for his seminal writing on the new generation of artists that emerged from Scandinavia in the 1990s, and subsequently his exhibitions and books that offer a fresh approach to considering artists’ engagement with social activism and counter cultures from the 1960s on. Born in Denmark, Bang Larsen has spent the last ten years predominantly looking into artists’ practice across Europe, the U.S and the Middle East. Recent exhibitions include Fundamentalisms of the New Order for the Charlottenborg in Copenhagen; Populism, presented at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, CAC Vilnius and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam; The Echo Show for Tramway in Glasgow; and currently he is working on a show for Raven Row in London, entitled Art, Activism and the Archive. Bang Larsen is a regular contributor to Frieze, Afterall, and Artforum. In 1998 he was the co-curator for the inaugural Nordic Biennial, and in 2004 he was the curator of the Danish participation for the São Paulo Biennial.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited.

This event, and all of our Fall 2009 The Curator’s Perspective talks, were made possible by the generous support of Leila and Mickey Straus.

 

 

 

Vasif Kortun

James Cohan Gallery 533 West 26th Street New York, NY 10001
September 22, 2009

In fall 2009, ICI launched a new monthly curatorial talk series, highlighting an international curator who distills the current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

Vasif Kortun is the Director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul. He was the founding Director of Project Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (2001-2003), the chief Curator and Director of the 3rd International Istanbul Biennial (1992) and Co-Director with Charles Esche of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial (2005). Between 1994 and 1997 he worked as the founding Director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Kortun was the co-curator of thrird Taipei Biennial in 2008. Kortun was also one of the curators of the 24th Sao Paolo Biennial in 1998, Tirana Biennial, and 2nd Ceramics Biennial in Albisola, 2003. He curated the Turkish pavilions for the 1994 and 1998 Sao Paolo Biennials and the 2007 Venice Biennial for which he worked with artist Huseyin Alptekin.