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Ralph Rugoff

Ralph Rugoff is the Curator and Artistic Director of the 2019 Venice Biennale of Art, May You Live in Interesting Times.  In 2015 he served as Guest Curator of the XIII Biennale de Lyon in 2015 titled La vie moderne. He has been the Director of the Hayward Gallery of London since 2006, where he has curated numerous group shows including The Painting of Modern Life (2007), Psycho Buildings (2008), and The Infinite Mix (2016); he also has curated major retrospectives and solo exhibitions by Ed Ruscha, Jeremy Deller, Carsten Holler, Tracey Emin and George Condo.  Before coming to London he was Director (2000-06) of CCA Wattis Institute, at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  Between 1985 and 2002 he wrote art and cultural criticism for numerous periodicals, publishing widely in art magazines as well as newspapers, including Artforum, Artpresse, FlashArt, Frieze, Parkett, Grand Street, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Weekly and published a collection of essays, Circus Americanus (1995), in which he explored cultural phenomena of the American West. During the same period he began working as an independent curator, organizing exhibitions such as Just Pathetic (1990) and Scene of the Crime (1997).

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Curator’s Perspective: Ralph Rugoff

As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery of London, will present on the 2019 Venice Biennale, for which he is the Curator and Artistic Director.

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The Critical Edge of Curating

From November 4-5, 2011, curators from around the world discussed critical issues in their practice today, examining the possible impact of exhibitions and related curatorial activities on cultural and social change.

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Shoot the Family

This exhibition focuses on artists’ portrayals of members of their own families, presenting photography and video works made during the last ten years by artists active in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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At the Threshold of the Visible

This exhibition examines the uses and the value of tininess in contemporary art practices during the past thirty years. It focuses on artworks that embody specific qualities and issues associated with the extremely small, in particular, intimacy, a problematic accessibility, and a conception of the sublime that is playfully paradoxical.

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Transformers

Transformers examines the mutating being of fable and myth as it reappears in the art of the late 20th century and seeks to delineate an aesthetic in which identity is protean and theatrical, marked by shifting perspectives and incompatible relationships.

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