2019 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans: Public Symposium

2019 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans: Public Symposium
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC)
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
FREE and open to the public

The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2019 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.

The Curatorial Intensive is a weeklong professional development program which brings together emerging curators for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please see the program page for more details.

Participants include: Ariana Faye Allensworth (Brooklyn, NY), Laura August (Houston, TX), Nic Brierre Aziz (New Orleans, LA), Joel Butler (Madrid, Spain), Taylor Bythewood-Porter (West Hollywood, CA), Courtney Lynne Carter (Haverford, PA), Amy Crum (New Orleans, LA), Leandro Martínez Depietri (Chicago, IL), Luis Carlos Manjarrés Martínez (Bogotá, Colombia) Lena Johanna Reisner (Berlin, Germany), Wil Ruggiero (Chicago, IL), Juliana Steiner (New York, NY), Alper Turan (Istanbul, Turkey)

This event is free and open to the public.

The Curatorial Intensive is made possible in part by grants from the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Ford Foundation, and by generous contributions from ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund. Additional support for scholarships for the Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans were generously provided by kurimanzutto, Mexico City; Prospect New Orleans; and SAHA Association, Istanbul.

March 28, 2019

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC)
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


Ariana Faye Allensworth

Ariana Faye Allensworth is a Brooklyn-based cultural producer, photographer, and educator. She currently manages the Teen Academy program at the International Center of Photography, creating dynamic spaces for high school students to cultivate their skills as leaders and visual storytellers. Prior to her role at ICP, Ariana supported the development and implementation of school and youth programs at Youth Speaks, Urban Arts Partnership, and New Design High School. As an independent curator and researcher, she has produced exhibitions and public programs in collaboration with Pro Arts Gallery, Incline Gallery, Open Engagement, and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. Her research interests include social justice pedagogies, the history of photography, spatial politics, and Black cultural and aesthetic theory. In all of her work, Ariana remains committed to realizing a more equitable art world. She holds a Masters in Social Work from UC Berkeley and a BA in Urban Studies and African & African-American Studies from Fordham University.

Laura August

Laura August, PhD makes texts and exhibitions which find points of connection between our emotional lives and quotidian collaborations, and between our regional histories and landscapes. She works in conversation with artists, poets, activists, community-builders, and loved ones. She writes for a variety of international arts publications and serves as contributing editor at Arts + Culture Texas; her essays have appeared in numerous artist monographs and exhibition catalogs. August is a recipient of The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her writing in Central America, and she served as critic-in-residence at the Core Program at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2016-2018. In 2018, she curated James Dean Pruner: Tell it to the Horses (MFAH); Kevin Frank Pellecer: In Case of Natural Disaster (Harrisburg Studios); the XXI Paiz Biennial (with Gerardo Mosquera, Maya Juracán & Esperanza de León); and Mud & Blue (sites across Houston). Other curatorial projects have included work at artist-run spaces, galleries, museums, and universities in the U.S. and Central America. She is founding director of Yvonne, a residential project space in Guatemala City. In 2019, August is at work on a book-length essay about mud, corn, and historical violence in the Americas, and she is finishing a translation of poetry/art criticism by Mexican artist and writer Nahui Olin. She lives in Guatemala City and Houston.

Nic Brierre Aziz

Nic Brierre Aziz is an artist and curator born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He is currently cultivating his community focused art practice as the Director of Programs for New Orleans based multi-arts organization Antenna and as the Community Engagement Curator for the New Orleans Museum of Art. In addition to this, he also manages the Haitian Cultural Legacy Collection - a collection of over 400 pieces of artwork that was started by his maternal grandfather in 1944. Nic is also a Salzburg Global Fellow. He has contributed to publications such as HuffPost, and AFROPUNK and his work has been featured by The Oxford American, The Associated Press and The Alternative UK. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and a Master of Science degree from The University of Manchester (UK).

Joel Butler

Joel Butler is an independent curator and researcher from the Dominican Republic, currently living in Spain. With a background in photography and graphic design, he has undertaken curatorial studies and practices since 2014. From 2015 through 2018 he worked as Visual Arts Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator at Centro León in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He is an alumnus of the Curando Caribe program for curatorial studies developed in 2015 by Centro León and Centro Cultural de España en Santo Domingo. Joel was part of the core team for Tilting Axis 4 (2018); a Contemporary Caribbean Art Symposium founded in 2014 by Fresh Milk and ARC Magazine. He was part of the professoriate of the Diploma Degree in Contemporary Art Production and Management at La Escuela de Diseño Altos de Chavón and has taught short courses in art appreciation, creative thinking, and photography. Joel is currently studying for a master’s degree in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and he is working in the Exhibitions department at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía as part of the master’s internship program.

Taylor Bythewood-Porter

Since 2017, Taylor Bythewood-Porter has served as assistant history curator at California African American Museum (CAAM). During her tenure she has
contributed to several exhibitions including Circles and Circuits 1: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora (2017), Lezley Saar: Salon des Refúse (2017), How Sweet the Sound: The History of Gospel Music in Los Angeles (2018), California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848–1865 (2018), Los Angeles Freedom Rally, 1963 (2018), and The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914 (2019). Prior to Bythewood-Porter’s appointment at CAAM she served as president and a founding member of SIA Curates, a curatorial organization run through Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University that connects aspiring curators with Claremont’s MFA students to develop yearly exhibitions. Bythewood-Porter is also the recipient of the 2018 Travel Scholarship to attend the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) conference. She holds a Master of Arts in art business with a concentration in contemporary art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus on public relations and journalism and a minor in art history from Monmouth University.

Courtney Lynne Carter

Courtney Lynne Carter is currently the Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College, where she is the key coordinator for student-initiated exhibitions and creative projects, and works on the exhibition team that manages Haverford’s four galleries. Previously, she has worked at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Yale-NUS College in Singapore; Oh! Open House in Singapore; and Amazement Square Children’s Museum. She has curated two exhibitions: “Your Special Island,” featuring Andrea Chung, Rachelle Dang, and Ming Wong; and “Consent to Be Seen,” a solo show of Riva Lehrer’s work. Previously, she was a Dean’s Fellow at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where she organized a symposium on Disability, featuring an interdisciplinary array of scholars, artists, students, and activists. While in Singapore, she also volunteered with Oh! Open House, an arts nonprofit that invites Southeast Asian artists to create public, site-specific installations that explore marginalized colonial histories. She graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in English.

Amy Crum

Amy Crum is an art historian and researcher based in New Orleans who specializes in contemporary art of the Americas. Crum received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011 and shortly thereafter became the manager of dnj Gallery, where she oversaw a rigorous program of contemporary and historic photography exhibitions that included prominent artists such as Claude Cahun, William Eggleston, Robert Heineken, and Sally Mann.  From 2013 to 2017, Crum served as the Curatorial Assistant to the Art of the Ancient Americas department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, during which time she was instrumental in developing, designing and implementing the international traveling exhibition, Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time.  She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Tulane University where her research explores issues of site, self-image, and performativity in the work of Latinx and Latin American contemporary artists. In addition to her graduate studies, she also works as a curatorial intern for the New Orleans Museum of Art in the department for Modern and Contemporary art where she is researching and developing written interpretive material on the work of William Kentridge for the forthcoming exhibition, Bodies of Knowledge, which will open in June of 2019. For her most recent project, Crum is co-curating an exhibition with colleague and arts writer, Marjorie Rawle, that promotes the idea of home as a frame through which artists interrogate issues related to domesticity, labor, transnationalism, memory and site.

Leandro Martínez Depietri

Leandro Martinez Depietri is a curator and researcher based between Buenos Aires and Chicago. His work explores contemporary arts and politics in South America through the lenses of performance studies, critical race theory, and queer theory. Currently, he works for BIENALSUR, the International Contemporary Art Biennial of South America as a member of the curatorial team in the development of its second edition, which will take place between June and October 2019.  For the former edition, he co-curated with Florencia Battiti the exhibition A Trail on Earth. Echoes of Institutional Violence from Latin America. Between 2014 and 2017, he worked as an associate curator for PASTO Galería and independently curated exhibitions for Centro Cultural Parque de España, Universidad di Tella, Galería Isla Flotante and others. In 2017, he was awarded a New Artist Society scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue a masters in Visual and Critical Studies; for which he developed a thesis on absurdity as a form of political dissent in the face of Cold War violence. Forthcoming writings include an article on Argentine artists’ publications for Centre Pompidou’s V Journal de l’Université d’Été and a catalog text on Lucio Fontana for the Art Institute of Chicago.

Luis Carlos Manjarrés Martínez

Luis Carlos Manjarrés Martínez. MA in Museology and Heritage Management (National University of Colombia), specialized in international cultural management and cooperation (University of Barcelona). graduate in Management Museums (TyPA Laboratory), Journalist (Pontificia Javeriana University) with eight years of experience in management of pedagogical, communicative, advertising and museological. He is co-curator of Colombia’s Museum of Historical Memory and Queer Museum. In 2018 he was part of the curatorial team the exhibition of Voices to Transform Colombia. This exhibition aimed to address the enormous challenge of recounting the Colombian armed conflict, starting from the perspective of its victims, Voces is for the long-run script of the Museum of Historical Memory of Colombia on the armed conflict and peace. In the last five years he have curated four art exhibitions on sexuality, sex, sexual diversity and gender expression with the MuseoQ, a museological initiative to make visible that makes visualized stories and memories related to identity and gender expression as well as the non-hegemonic sexualities and orientations, as an essential part of the national story. In addition to this, he participated in 2015 I participated in the creation of the Thinking Center for the Arts and the Social Agreement of the Faculty of Arts of the National University of Colombia and served as the public coordinator of the Ephemeral Museum of Oblivion in the National Salon of Artists of 2015.

Lena Johanna Reisner

Lena Johanna Reisner is a curator and writer interested in matters of climate change, environmentalism, ecology, epistemology as well as spiritual and political practices. With a degree in cultural studies from the University of Hildesheim she currently works as a curatorial fellow at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and as a curator at Galerie im Turm, Berlin. Past exhibitions include ‘Creatures of the Mud’ at Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; ‘Capitalo, Chthulu and a Much Hotter Compost Pile’ at Kunstraum/Kreuzberg Bethanien (co-curated with Lorena Juan and Anïs Senli); ‘Tangible Remains. Hidden Matters’ at Decad, Berlin; as well as solo shows with Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Gil Delindro and Henrike Naumann at Galerie im Turm. Reisner was previously curator-in-residence at Schloss Ringenberg. She has worked as curatorial assistant within the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; as a project manager for KOW, Berlin; and in the department of Maybe Education and Public Programs at dOCUMENTA (13).

Wil Ruggiero

Wil Ruggiero is an art historian and curator based in Chicago, IL and works within modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art, new media, and socially engaged art practice.  Of particular interest is the intersection between modern urban planning, technologies, and the aesthetics of the state within Latin America. He has held residencies at the Chicago Artist Coalition, the Chicago Cultural Center as well as organized and written for exhibitions throughout the city.  He has presented his curatorial projects and art historical research at the Havana Biennial 2015 lateral projects, as well as the American Association of Geographers, and the College Art Association. He is currently developing a larger program and exhibition focusing on Venezuela and the political and cultural exchange between the petroleum industry, art production and material culture.

Juliana Steiner

Juliana Steiner is an independent curator, writer and researcher who lives and works in between Bogotá and New York. Her most recent project includes “Holes in Maps”, a group exhibition that challenges maps’ certainty and stability through themes of globalization, trade, mobility and borders at 601 Artspace in New York. She is part of the collective Good to Know where they organize curatorial projects such as “La Bodega y Más”, a storefront exhibition in the neighborhood of Little Havana in Miami, where participating artists activated abandoned local businesses that once occupied each space. She co-founded Espacio Odeon, a contemporary arts center housed in an abandoned landmark movie theater located in the city center of Bogotá. Upcoming projects includes a solo show of the Puerto Rican artist Jorge González in Bogotá as the result of a two-week field project in Santander, Colombia. Steiner is interested in interdisciplinary practices in contemporary art that involve mass media, music, social sciences, and archival research. Steiner studied Artes Plasticas at Universidad de Los Andes and has a Master’s Degree from New York University.

Alper Turan

Alper Turan is co-founder and curator of Das Art Project, literary translator and MA researcher based in Istanbul.

Das Art Project is a curatorial collective that aims to work outside ‘white cube’. Collective uses thematically-specific buildings, often with historical significance, to realize mostly ephemeral exhibitions with younger generation artists. As part of Das Art Project, he curated the exhibition project Genetically Modified, which was a part of the off-site exhibition of Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj (2017).  Collective also curated a solo exhibition (Welcome to Homeland) of the artist Halil Altındere in 2017.

Apart from the collective, most recently, Turan curated an exhibition project on HIV/AIDS in Istanbul as an action part of his research-creation based master thesis. Closed on 2nd February of this year, “Positive Space”, bringing together mostly local artists, aimed at exploring the issues concerning the taboo topic HIV. Turan also works Turkish publishing houses and makes literary translations from French authors including Marguerite Duras, André Breton, Francis Picabia etc.

Turan earned a Bachelor of Linguistics and Comparative Literatures, University of Galatasaray, İstanbul (2017) and is currently pursuing a Master in Cultural Studies, University of Sabanci, İstanbul.

Born in 1993 in Ankara, Turan lives and works in Istanbul.

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