Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Pick 'N Mix

Pick 'N Mix #79 - The Pew Center has published an excerpt from art historian Teresa Gleadowe's lovely interview with the late Seth Siegelaub. Questions of Practice: Seth Siegelaub in Conversation with Teresa Gleadowe

- Two views on the art market:
Edward Winkleman's rosy take on the collector: “A Collector of contemporary art is a participant in the dialog. A patron of the visual arts, who has the same obligations to the quality of our collective legacy as do artists, curators, critics, and dealers.”
Compare with Christian Viveros-Fauné's Art's Dirty, Big Secret: “the art market has turned into one big corrupt casino, a place where price fixing, market manipulation, bribery, forgery, theft, and money laundering have become as popular as risky mortgages were in 2007.”

-We'll be keeping our eyes open for The Artist As Curator, a series of texts profiling artist-curated exhibitions.

- Jack Persekian has announced that the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, to be completed in 2015, will have satellite locations in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, the Gulf, and Israel.
See coverage from last year at The Art Newspaper, and the Jerusalem Post.

- Wendy Earle's polemic on technology in museums argues that "[t]he drive to 'engage' patrons with gadgets strips museums of their innate wonder."

- Who Sees What – An interview with curator Christopher Eamon. Interview by Zoltan Aprily

- And, a few lists to remember 2013 by:
Artsy's Top 10 Museum Exhibitions
Jerry Saltz' Top 10 New York shows
10 Biggest Art Disasters of 2013
Happy Famous Artists' Top 10 Shows
Top 10 Art Sales Of 2013
Top 10 Performance Artworks
Top 10 American shows from Modern Art Notes
And Hyperallergic's 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World

Jobs & Opportunities

Job: Art Gallery of Ontario Chief Curator»
Opportunity: Artist's Alliance Curatorial Open Call»
Job: Lecturer in Managing and Mediating Art, Aalto University»


Who can become a curator? by Sofia Landström»
Who can become a curator? by Sofia Landström When I finished my Bachelor's degree in Art History and Visual Studies one year ago, I was faced with the question of how to take my next step in the art world. During my studies, I had worked with exhibitions and curating, but I was not sure how to truly make curating my profession. With a limited number of jobs in the art world, the pressure ...

Reviews & Resources

REVIEW: Every Curator’s Handbook»
Review: Every Curator's Handbook -'s_Handbook.pdf by Sofia Landström This compendium offers hands-on professional insights wherein different authors from different points of view share experiences from their professional careers as curators. The reader gets a specific and detailed overview of what a curator’s work might look like beyond ...

Questions & Conversations Conversations: Sofia Landström interviews Antonella Croci and Federico Florian»'s Sofia Landström interviews Antonella Croci and Federico Florian – winners of the Musée Imaginaire Concours , hosted by and KAPSUL . To create the e-book, we used the Bookleteer platform, which was developed by artist-led studio and think tank Proboscis . To enjoy your copy of this e-book, simply choose either the Letter or A4 formatted version ...