Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Opportunity: Post Doctoral Researcher

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, December 13. 2007 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
University of Sunderland (School of Arts, Design, Media & Culture) seeks to appoint a post doctoral level researcher to join the collaborative research team CRUMB supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The post will undertake a 12 month project on "Curating new media art: networks and connections". The position will involve contributing to the professional practice and research culture of curating new media art in the local region, nationally and internationally.

You will have a post graduate level qualification or equivalent in a relevant area, a strong record of conducting independent research with a track record of curating new media art with organisations to national and international standing. For an informal discussion about the post please contact Professor Beryl Graham, Principal Investigator, by email: beryl.graham -at-

Closing Date: 25 January 2008
Fixed term from May 2008 to April 2009
£27,466 - £32,796 per annum
Ref No: ADR020/1469

An application form and Role Profile can be obtained by contacting Human Resources on 0191 515 2057 or

CRUMB is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Dr Cook is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow.
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Opportunity: Hall Curatorial Fellowship

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, December 12. 2007
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce a call for entries for the Hall Curatorial Fellowship, an eighteen-month fellowship for an international curator. The Hall Fellow is responsible for curating an original exhibition in keeping with The Aldrich's mission of leadership in the exhibition of significant and challenging contemporary art with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. The Museum is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, 50 miles outside New York City. The Hall Fellow will be chosen by an independent jury of distinguished art world professionals, including Carlos Basualdo of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Bonnie Clearwater of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; and Sir Norman Rosenthal of the Royal Academy, London.

The Fellow will work with The Aldrich's curatorial team to develop his/her exhibition, oversee its installation, and collaborate with Museum staff to develop programming and an exhibition catalogue. To be eligible for the Hall Curatorial Fellowship, an applicant must be an art professional with a focus on contemporary art, and a citizen of a country other than the United States of America. The applicant must currently live and work in a country other than the United States, be proficient in English, have prior experience as a curator or co-curator of at least three professional exhibitions of contemporary art, and be able to travel to the United States.

The Hall Fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000 USD over the eighteen-month period of the Fellowship, from June 1, 2008, to December 31, 2009. The exhibition will be on view at The Aldrich from September 2009 through February 2010. Applications for the Hall Curatorial Fellowship are due at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum no later than February 15, 2008. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews at The Aldrich during March and April 2008. For full information and complete application materials, please visit the Aldrich website. Questions regarding the Hall Fellowship should be addressed to fellowship -at-

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is grateful for the generosity of the Andrew J. and Christine C. Hall Foundation, which endowed the Hall Curatorial Fellowship.

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Pick 'N Mix - December 2007

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, December 1. 2007 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
It's the first of the month, which means it's time again for Pick 'N Mix, my monthly annotated list of interesting tidbits that have captured my attention recently - this month, it seems to be interviews, interviews, interviews!
  • The Uncuratorial Curator is a recent interview on with Massimiliano Gioni, Director of Special Exhibitions at the New Museum in New York. In the interview, Gioni discusses the unique possibilities at the New Museum, his friendship with controversial Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, and much more. Speaking about future plans for his work at the New Museum, Gioni says: "...the museum itself is designed to become a place where the memory and the presence of the street is kept and preserved. [...] We want to do shows that are immersive. You come to an exhibition and the whole exhibition is an experience. It feels a little like being in the head of an artist."

  • David Garcia recently posted an interview with Chinese artist Lin Yilin and some commentary to the nettime mailing list. The post and the responses it generated are excellent and well worth a read. Early on in his post, Garcia notes the role of the Western curator in the Chinese art boom:
    Most of this kind of support for Chinese experimental art seems to come from the western curators. In part this is because a significant number of Chinese artists have chosen to speak our 'language', by which I mean they have adopted the lexicon of western contemporary art practice and used it to explore and to navigate their own experiences of rapid modernisation. The benefits of this kind of political 'economy' flows in both directions; the language of contemporary art practice seems fit for the purpose of navigating the extreme volatility of current Chinese experience and our tired cultural vocabularies are enlivened and transformed by their collision with a new context.

  • And last but not least, a good interview with Ex-Whitney curator Larry Rinder. Speaking about this new role as a college dean, Rinder says: "As a curator, you're generally dealing with things that are already made -- artifacts, works of art -- and trying to puzzle through what they mean and how to illuminate them through writing and juxtaposition. It's a reflective practice. Whereas working in an art school is a more productive activity -- catalyzing information and giving artists the tools and the provocations they need to move forward."

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