Wednesday, March 31, 2010
On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators
Carolee Thea's second volume of interviews with ten of today's leading curators, explores the intellectual convictions and personal visions that lay the groundwork for the most prestigious and influential exhibitions in the world today. Among the aesthetic and theoretical issues raised are the relationship between artist and curator, globalism, post-colonialism, capitalism, the future of cultural tourism and the biennial as spectacle or utopian ideal. As Thea notes in her introduction, "the biennial or mega-exhibition--a laboratory for experimentation, investigation and aesthetic liberation--is where the curators' experience and knowledge are tested.
Seeing Out Louder
Jerry Saltz doesn't only address art objects in these essays, he considers the art world as an ever-mutating organism. He signals out mismanaged museums, out-of-control auction houses, misguided artists, the gossip pages of Artforum, and the tent-city casinos known as Art Fairs. Saltz has an unsparing eye, a deep love of the art world, respect for artists, self-deprecating humor, sweet skepticism, and one of the easiest writing styles of any critic working today. Tracking the most recent all-out orgy of art and money, Saltz considers what this did to art and asks, now that the money is gone, how might art and the art world put their house in order?
Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists' Writings
"Institutional critique" is an artistic practice that reflects critically on its own place within galleries and museums and on the concept and social function of art itself. Such concerns have always been a part of modern art but took on new urgency at the end of the 1960s, when—driven by the social upheaval of the time and enabled by the tools and techniques of conceptual art—institutional critique emerged as a genre. This anthology traces the development of institutional critique as an artistic concern from the 1960s to the present, gathering writings and representative art projects of artists who developed and extended the genre.
The Sublime (Documents of Contemporary Art)
In the contemporary world, where technology, spectacle, and excess seem to eclipse nature, the individual, and society, what might be the characteristics of a contemporary sublime? This anthology examines how contemporary artists and theorists explore ideas of the sublime, in relation to the unpresentable, transcendence, terror, nature, technology, the uncanny, and altered states. Providing a philosophical and cultural context for discourse around the sublime in recent art, the book surveys the diverse and sometimes conflicting interpretations of the term as it has evolved from the writings of Longinus, Burke, and Kant to present-day writers and artists. The sublime underlies the nobility of Classicism, the awe of Romantic nature, and the terror of the Gothic. In the last half-century, the sublime has haunted postwar abstraction, returned from the repression of theoretical formalism, and has become a key term in critical discussions of human otherness and posthuman realms of nature and technology.
Wales At Venice 2011
Closing Date 16 April 2010
Arts Council of Wales is delighted to confirm that Wales will be participating at the 54th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale in 2011. Wales at Venice is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government and is a key part of the strategy for the visual arts in Wales.
Wales at Venice will be in its 5th Biennale year in 2011. Previous artists representing Wales include, John Cale, Richard Deacon, Merlin James, Heather & Ivan Morison, Peter Finnemore, Bethan Huws, Cerith Wyn Evans (see www.walesvenicebiennale.org ) The Biennale enhanced these artists' international profile and has showcased outstanding work from Wales.
This opportunity remains the prime international context for contemporary art and raises Wales' cultural profile as a place for many emerging and highly respected artists. With a variety of approaches taken to date, Arts Council of Wales is now seeking to open out the possibilities for our next presence, as it responds to the on-going shifts for presenting contemporary art.
In the past, artists have been chosen to represent Wales by a commissioner and curator working with a committee. However for 2011, we feel it would be more exciting and rewarding to call for submissions and ideas from our visual arts community.
It is vital that this international platform is maximised, that the presentation speaks of contemporary Wales and that it connects in artistic terms with other curated exhibitions and presentations at the Biennale. In essence it needs to continue to build the focus on contemporary art from and within Wales.
This is a call to galleries, arts organisations, curators, artist/curators and collectives with a proven track record of working internationally or delivering respected international presentations of contemporary art. Interested parties should be based in Wales or have a connection/awareness of Welsh contemporary visual arts practice.
To prepare for Venice in 2011, Arts Council of Wales is initiating the following process:
1. Invite exploratory propositions through this call. (March-April 2010)
2. The Venice Advisory Committee will evaluate these propositions. (April 2010)
3. Offer a short development phase supported by a fee to a maximum of three propositions, (April- May)
4. Make a final selection, before constituting and financing the partnership team and artist(s) to create the exhibition. (May-June 2010)
Reports at the various stages will be posted on the Arts Council of Wales website and the Wales at Venice website.
In addition to realising the exhibition at the Biennale, the partnership will need to actively contribute towards a strong education programme, audience development initiatives and raising the profile on an international stage of high quality visual arts practice in Wales.
For further enquiries and to request a Wales at Venice Biennale Proposition Form please contact Lindsay Hughes, Senior Visual Arts Officer at Arts Council of Wales, lindsay.hughes -at- artswales.org.uk
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
The Magnificent Seven: Harrell Fletcher
Selections from the Life and Work of Michael Bravo
January 19–April 24, 2010
Curated by Harrell Fletcher as part of The Magnificent Seven, this unique, biographical exhibition features artworks by the artist's mentor, family member and friend Michael Bravo. Selections From the Life and Work of Michael Bravo presents paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculptures from the artist's large body of work produced over the past fifty years. The exhibition also highlights a wide range of personal objects that Bravo created for his family including wooden ships, airplanes, and mobiles, as well as family snapshots and other ephemera from the artist's life and career.
In Lieu of Unity / En lugar de la unidad
March 26 – August 15, 2010
Curated by Alicia RitsonIn Lieu of Unity brings together artists from Mexico – citizens, residents and emigrants – who have sustained a curiosity about social relations in their art practices. Their focus demonstrates that the nature of existence is contingent not merely on the cognizance of being, but more so on the relationships between individuals and the collectives they form. Through varied perspectives on what it means to be together, these artists relinquish utopian ideas of unity. Instead they favor their own explorations of the underlying systems that influence everyday encounters, such as language, commerce, architecture, citizenship and social mores.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
April 14 - September 6, 2010
Jerónimo López Ramírez, also known as Dr. Lakra, is an renowned tattoo artist who lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico. Under his pseudonym, loosely translating as “Dr. Delinquent,” he draws over vintage printed materials and found objects rather than skin, manipulating images of pin-up girls, 1940s Mexican businessmen, luchadores, and Japanese sumo wrestlers. Referencing diverse body art traditions from Chicano, Maori, Thai, and Philippine cultures, Dr. Lakra layers spiders, skulls, crosses, serpents, and devils over these existing images. Playful, naughty, and often intentionally vulgar, his work challenges social norms by blurring cultural identities.
Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With
December 12, 2009 – October 31, 2010
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's project is based upon Mies van der Rohe's uncompleted project, the 50x50 House (1951), a square structure open to view on all four sides through glass walls. In Manglano-Ovalle's work, the house will be constructed at approximately half scale and inverted, the ceiling of the original becoming the sculpture's floor, the floor becoming the ceiling, and all interior elements such as Mies-designed furniture and partition walls installed upside down. Within the sterile, modernist space, a small narrative is evident. A screen displays a relentless series of video messages that go unanswered by the anonymous and absent occupant of the glass house. As the unrequited callers grow increasing frustrated we are left to piece a story line with only the (anti)gravitational consequence of a sudden occurrence.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Last year 16 Miles blogged about the White Columns Annual, which was curated by Primary Information (Miriam Katzeff and James Hoff). The brilliant little diagram was the focus…
John Baldessari (American, b. 1931). Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell, 1966-68. Acrylic on canvas. 68 x 56 1/2 in. (172.7 x 143.5 cm).The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica / © John Baldessari
Monday, March 22, 2010
The always interesting Art Fag City (AFC) is looking for a Curatorial Fellow:
Art Fag City is seeking a Curatorial Fellow as part of a new program titled “Young Curators”. AFC is an award-winning New York-based art blog that focuses on art world news, reviews, and culture commentary.
Ideal candidates have a deep knowledge of contemporary art and digital media, possess excellent writing and editing skills and either a degree in curatorial studies or experience curating. Applicants should also be extremely organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented. Knowledge of Facebook, Delicious, Flickr, and Twitter is preferred. Interest in New Media is also a plus.
The Curatorial Fellow will work directly with AFC Editor-in-Chief Paddy Johnson on a project-to-project basis. The position offers valuable hands-on experience in the fast-growing world of digital media, and in-depth insight into a prestigious online publication. This position will give curators the opportunity to attend private tours and panel discussions as well as write original content for the blog.
Find more on their blog here.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
From the event's website:
Art Handlers are the unrecognized backbone of the art industry. We are the life blood of galleries, art shipping companies, museums, art storage warehouses, artist’s studios, and cultural institutions. For most of us, the hours are long, risking life and limb without health insurance or job security. There are more of us than anyone realizes and we’ve never had the chance to throw down together.
The Art Handling Olympics (AHO) is the first event of its kind. It is equal parts olympic competition, three ring circus, and foreign TV game show. The day’s events will be rowdy, fast paced and ending with a monster party.
Art Handler teams will compete in a series of physically and mentally excruciating events that spotlight the absurdity and seriousness of our jobs. Picture the worst install you’ve ever worked on. Now add a psychotic art director frothing at the mouth, the world’s most indecisive client, a frantic truck dispatcher, an audience, a timer, and beer. Art will be destroyed and egos shattered. There will be glory to the winners, but nothing is sacred and no one is safe from humiliation in the olympic arena.
Sunday, March 21, 2010, 3 pm, at Ramiken Crucible, 221 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The World of Art enables participants to learn the knowledge, skills and methods needed to tackle the complex issues in the world of art.
The school is intended for all who are interested in working in the field of contemporary art, regardless of experience, age and education.
The annual school program is internal and for a selected group of participants who will be chosen by open call. The course has two semesters:
- the first semester (April–June 2010) will be dedicated to the acquisition of art – historical, theoretical and methodological skills
- the second semester (September 2010–May 2011) will be dedicated to critical and curatorial studies and practice.
The program includes lectures, seminars, workshops, research work, modules on the practical work of the curator, study excursions and practice in galleries. The process comprises the organisation of events, studio visits, meetings with curators, artists, theorists, and writers, and teamwork in conceptualisation and preparing an exhibition of contemporary art under the tutor’s leadership.
Fee: 400 euros (VAT included)Send or bring your application form (download here), CV, motivation letter and review of selected exhibitions of contemporary art (up to 40 lines) to SCCA-Ljubljana, Metelkova 6, SI 1000 Ljubljana, svetumetnosti -at- scca-ljubljana.si
The selection of participants will be in two stages. After the first selection, participants will be invited for an interview, to be held at the SCCA-Ljubljana on Thursday, April 1 and Friday April 2.
Museums become venue of choice for some bands
Collectives find the venues suit their mix of music and performance art. Museums see the concerts as big draws for the young visitors they need.
Lucky Dragons, Los Elegantes and My Barbarian, and YACHT are more likely to found at artist-run-spaces than, say, Johnny Brenda’s.
20-23 October 2010
SECAC/MACAA Panel, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Ceramics is arguably experiencing a renaissance, both in terms of production and reception. Recent work in clay has received high-profileattention: consider that Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003; note that Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art, a venue for cutting-edge art, garnered positive reviews for its 2009 "Dirt on Delight." Scholars have begun to reconsider the place of ceramics in art history more broadly: Andrew Perchuk and Glenn Adamson, for example, have examined studio pottery in dialogue with conceptual avant-gardes of the mid-twentieth century. It might seem that studio ceramics is finally poised to rise above its lowly status as craft and gain definitive entrée into the fine-arts world. Yet the question of whether ceramics should be considered craft or art is not one that actually shows any signs of disappearing. Is it time to let this distinction fall away, to leave that question behind in favor of others? Or is it necessary to retain these categories? This session aims to consider what forms the future of ceramics history and criticism should take. Panelists may turn to the distant or recent past, modeling a practice or history without addressing this divide or insisting on its continued relevance.
To submit a paper proposal, please download the form
The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2010.
Email proposals and/or questions to Bibi Obler, George Washington University, at email@example.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami has just debuted the first U.S. museum survey of work by Cory Arcangel (b. 1978), the popular techno-artist who has composed "missing" Glockenspiel parts for Bruce Springstein songs and dubbed the 1993 cult film Dazed and Confused with dialogue read by Indian-accented actors. "Cory Arcangel: The Sharper Image," Mar. 11-May 9, 2010, is organized by MOCA associate curator Ruba Katrib and includes an appropriately up-to-date range of works: videos, video game consoles, film, photographic prints, sculpture, drawings, sound, performance and web-based work.
One example of this last category is the museum website, which Arcangel has completely redesigned, putting all the text in the font known as Comic Sans, a particularly goofy-looking script intended to imitate comic book lettering. The font is widely despised by designers, and has even inspired a "Ban Comic Sans" campaign, which has its own website. According to Miami’s New Times, MoCA NOMI’s all-Comic Sans look caused a bit of a stir on the internet, including speculation that it was an early April Fool’s prank.
In any case, be sure to catch Arcangel’s 2009 video performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Opus 11, an atonal modernist work supposedly played by a montage of YouTube snippets of cats walking on piano keyboards -- it’s here. And note the comments, from "LMAO" to "the paradigm of lameness."
Thursday, March 11, 2010
IKEA Plans Major Art Commissions For Moscow Development
Global giant IKEA Retail Estate is planning multimillion-dollar commissions by major contemporary artists, including Piotr Uklanski, Jeppe Hein, and Jim Lambie, as part of an “airport-size” Moscow-based development due to open in 2012, reports the Art Newspaper.
The works are part of a plan to roll out mixed-use spaces across IKEA sites, beginning with Russia and the former Soviet republics. The first will open at the mammoth Mega Teply Stan retail park in Moscow. “The new building will be totally different from what’s there now,” said Simon Dance, of Simon Dance Design, who has been working with the Swedish brand since 2007. “The idea is to create a day out, somewhere people want to spend time, especially in Moscow where it takes so long to get anywhere because the traffic is so bad.” He said the concept of the developments is to “fuse culture, commerce, and leisure—and the works of art are a key part of our vision.” Plans for the site include shops, restaurants, and an ice rink, as well as an IKEA flat-pack furniture store.
Hein is proposing a mirror labyrinth to be placed opposite the new building’s facade, which will be nearly one thousand feet in length and eighty feet in height. Uklanski is working on a large-scale iron sculpture, which will be viewable from the sixteen-lane motorway that runs alongside the site, while Lambie intends to make a new version of Secret Affair, 2007, an installation of giant keyhole-shaped sculptures.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
In their American Voices Section the Onion asks “everyday people” about the state of museum audiences:
THE EXHIBITIONIST: JOURNAL ON EXHIBITION MAKING
Co-Founded by former PEI Roundtabler, Jens Hoffmann (Innovation 2: Risk and the University Gallery), The Exhibitionist is a new journal focusing solely on the practice of exhibition making. The objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns, encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating. The journal is a publication made by curators for curators and understands itself as a site for critical debate in regards to the practice of exhibition making. The Exhibitionist will be published twice a year and will follow a strict editorial structure that revolves around the analysis and examination of past, present, and future exhibitions and other curatorial ideas. Under the title Curators' Favorites each issue will present three texts for which three curators will write a personal essay about their favorite exhibition, contemporary or historic. This will be followed by an in-depth look at a historically important exhibition in the section Back in the Day. Assessments will comprise the core of the journal. Here four curators will focus on reviewing one significant contemporary exhibition from different points of view. Typologies opens up the debate around specific exhibition formats. The section Attitudes will feature a text by a member of the editorial board reflecting on the current state of exhibition making while Rear View invites a curator to reflect upon an exhibition s/he has recently curated. Every fourth issue a conversation about past contributions, the content and the form of the journal between some of the past contributors will offer a forum for self-reflexivity.
The star-studded Editorial Board includes: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Mary Jane Jacob, Maria Lind, Constance Lewallen, Chus Martinez, Jessica Morgan, Julian Myers, Paul O'Neill, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Adriano Pedrosa.
Come on by the library and check it out…
March 13, 2010, 9:30 am - 5 pm
Curating and Risk: A Day of Conversations is the fifth in a series of public conversations about issues and ideas in contemporary curatorial practice. Through a series of grouped conversations with a roster of distinguished panelists, we will examine multiple ways in which curatorial activities can interrogate and engage risk. In this time of insecurities, rather than turning toward safety, what is a risky project/idea—financial, political, artistic, intellectual, aesthetic, moral, organizational, conceptual, administrative—for curators and artists? Is there creative release in the pleasure of ideas when risk is embraced rather than avoided? How do you access the successes and failures of risky projects? Or has risk become simply trendy? What is really at stake? And for whom?
DISPATCH is ICI’s new online publication that publishes a curator’s point of view on current developments in art. Practitioners based in different cities around the world are invited to use DISPATCH as their virtual base for a month, building their research over time through text, image, and video. Taking advantage of the interactive platform, DISPATCH will also allow for comments and feedback from readers around the world, allowing for the development of a dynamic curatorial network.
This month takes you on an extensive tour of Mexico City’s intersection of education, pedagogy and art – all from the comfort of your office computer.
It’s PEI highly recommended:
And, of course:
THE CURATOR'S PERSPECTIVE
María del Carmen Carrión
Wednesday, March 107-9 pm
New York University , Steinhardt School of Education
Einstein Auditorium (1st Floor), New York City
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.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection
March - June 2010
We’ve seen the cover of the Brooklyn Rail and it’s finally time for the controversial show to open. Over 100 works by 50 international artists, all drawn from the collection of Greek magnate Dakis Joannou, one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art. Guest-curated by Jeff Koons.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Paying a Visit to Mary
2008 Hall Curatorial Fellowship
January to June 2010
Paying a Visit to Mary is organized by Canadian curator Maxine Kopsa, a resident of the Netherlands, who is the second recipient of the Hall Curatorial Fellowship. Paying a Visit to Mary refers to a line from Tell Me, a 1979 play about language by French artist Guy de Cointet that questions how reality is perceived and interpreted. Like the play, the exhibition explores language as it relates to personal narrative and contemporary storytelling. Constructed as a “call and response” between different voices represented by a group of carefully selected contemporary artists, Paying a Visit to Mary tells a romantic, conceptual, and highly specific story of our time and our present human condition. The exhibition is seen as a conversation amongst both the artists and the audience with whom their work engages.
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Sean Landers: 1991-1994, Improbable History
January - April 2010
The first survey of the early work of New York-based Sean Landers. Since the 1990s, Landers’ work has been one of the most captivating enterprises in contemporary art, as a practice that has long gamed sincere attempt to map the boundaries of human-nature and the self. This exhibition proposes that Landers’ formative body of work, produced from 1991-1994, was one that defined the artist, the persona, and the conceptual conceits that he has cultivated and enriched over the course of his twenty-year career. The show presents an overview of the artist’s oeuvre including text works on paper, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and diaristic calendars, with a focus on his performative videos shot in the studio.
Whitney Museum of American Art
2010 Whitney Biennial
February - May 2010
This year marks the seventy-fifth edition of the Whitney’s signature exhibition. While Biennials are always affected by the cultural, political, and social moment, this exhibition “simply titled 2010” embodies a cross section of contemporary art production rather than a specific theme. Balancing different media ranging from painting and sculpture to video, photography, performance, and installation, 2010 also serves as a two-way telescope through which the Whitney’s past and future can be observed.