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Monday, October 10, 2011

Barbara Thompson: "Curatorial Activism"

Barbara Thompson
Phyllis Wattis Curator at the Cantor Arts Center (Stanford University).

In curatorial practices today, asking the question "What is art?" leads to a clear lack of a singularly "correct" answer. Expand the question to "What is African art?" and the territory becomes even murkier in that both the terms "art" and "Africa" resist definition. The navigation toward mutual understanding becomes an almost impassable quagmire of definitions, territorialism, and exclusionism, especially when expanding these questions to the exhibition of arts from various cultures around the world.

In this presentation, Dr. Barbara Thompson re-examines her use of curatorial activism in exhibitions and experimental interventions curated at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, which not only challenged older museological practices but also fostered open dialogue about the development of new paradigms.

Event took place on February 22nd, 2011.

Kevin B. Chen: "Framing the Picture"

Kevin B. Chen
Program Director, Intersection for the Arts.

Although there is a general understanding of artists performing public and institutional interventions, in what ways are curators able to help shape how exhibitions influence audience responses? How can curatorial decisions affect the ways in which an artwork can be read and understood?

Looking at both public art and exhibition projects with local and international artists, Kevin B. Chen discusses his experience curating visual art over the past twelve years for Intersection for the Arts, an alternative non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization based in San Francisco that is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States.

Event took place on April 5th, 2011.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Writing Resistance in Crisis and Collaboration

Promotional video for the traveling exhibition Writing Resistance in Crisis and Collaboration, curated by Lucian Gomoll and Lissette Olivares. Featuring Pia Barros and "book-objects" by Ergo Sum.