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Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Pick 'N Mix #42

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, January 3. 2011 • Category: Pick 'N Mix

- Paul Lang is the newly-appointed curator at the National Gallery of Canada. At the job interview, he was asked by National Gallery Director Marc Mayer: "Were I to hire you for this job, who do you work for?" Lang replied: "I work for the public and so do you."

- "...it [curating] seemed to suit my personality better than being an academic, because you're always starting new projects. A curator is different in the sense that one of your main responsibilities is communication -- how you translate what you see in the artwork, what you feel is important about it, to an audience." - Shamim Momin

- "One of the most powerful functions that I have as a curator at a major art organization such as Creative Time is the power to legitimate phenomena. [...] The sad fact is that while critics still worry about whether things are art or not, the big game of cultural production has left the art arena and is now at the disposal of the capitalist machine of cultural production. If art is to challenge the present condition, it must make the scope of its questions and audience much broader and more exacting. For those that take this task seriously, I want to legitimate their efforts." - Nato Thompson

- Witte de With recently held Act X of the Rotterdam Dialogues: Morality. The Witte de With has posted audio files of the talks, including talks by curators Tirdad Zolghadr, Adriano Pedrosa, Clémentine Deliss, Dessislava Dimova, Candice Hopkins, and others.

- Two new book reviews up, and more to come! Check out my reviews of A Brief History of Curating by Hans Ulrich Obrist and New Media in the White Cube and Beyond, edited by Christiane Paul.

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Call for Registration: Trade Secrets symposium

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, September 25. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Call for Registration: Banff International Curatorial Institute Symposium: Trade Secrets
Education/Collection/History
Conference dates: November 12 - 14, 2008
Application deadline: October 31, 2008

The latest in the ongoing series of the Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) conferences, Trade Secrets will re-focus the collective discussion about the curatorial profession by exploring specific issues regarding: the education of curators; the challenges facing collection-based curators; trends in curatorial research; and the writing of curatorial histories.

Invited guests include François Aubart, Wayne Baerwaldt, Sabine Breitwieser, AA Bronson, Heather Diack, Joseph del Pesco, Rosemary Donegan, Sam Durant, Barbara Fischer, Richard Flood, Teresa Gleadowe, Matthew Higgs, Candice Hopkins, Céline Kopp, Ken Lum, Francesco Manacorda, Marc Mayer, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Lourdes Morales, and Joanna Mytkowska.

To apply to attend, visit the Banff International Curatorial Institute website.
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Curating.info Conversations: Alissa Firth-Eagland

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, September 16. 2007 • Category: Questions & Conversations
The first edition of Curating.info Conversations is with Vancouver-based curator, Alissa Firth-Eagland.



Alissa is currently the Director/Curator of Media Art at Western Front. The interview with Alissa covered topics ranging from web 2.0, to relationship-building with artists, to advice for young curators. This interview, the first in the series of e-books that will be released here, is intended to become part of a larger conversation. Comments on the topics raised in this series of e-books are welcomed, and responses may be collected later into a companion e-book.

To create the e-book, I used the DIFFUSION e-book generator, which was developed by artist-led studio and think tank Proboscis. To enjoy your copy of this e-book, simply choose a download link below (depending on what part of the world you are in, you will require either the Letter or A4 formatted version). Once you have downloaded the PDF file, print the e-book, and assemble according to the directions on the last page of the e-book. Then read it, share it, and print another for yourself or a friend!

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