Curatorial Forum at EXPO Chicago

Image: Curatorial Forum participants, September 12–15, 2017.

Curatorial Forum | EXPO CHICAGO
September 27–30, 2018

Closed-Door Sessions
Graham Foundation
Chicago, IL


Developed by EXPO CHICAGO and ICI, the Curatorial Forum offers a group of mid-career and established curators, working independently or with an institutional affiliation, the opportunity to engage with their peers and explore significant issues relating to curating, programming, institution-building and audience engagement.

The Curatorial Forum will open with a keynote presentation by Jochen Volz, Director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, for Forum participants, Chicago professionals and other visiting curators, and will feature a series of peer-led, closed-door sessions focused on critical questions relevant to contemporary practice and context. The session topics include “Accessibility,” “Race, Representation, Social Justice,” “Labor Conditions,” “Critical Regionalism,” among others. This year the Forum will conclude with an Assembly bringing all participants together to further invest into the knowledge exchanged during the program and to foster regional professional networks and collaborations across the American cultural landscape.


Keynote Speaker:
Jochen Volz | Director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo | São Paulo, Brazil

Session leaders include:
Dean Daderko | Curator of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Houston, TX
Ryan N. Dennis | Programs Director of Project Row Houses Curator | Houston, TX
Candice Hopkins | Co-curator of SITE Santa Fe Biennial | Santa Fe, NM
Katie A. Pfohl | Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art | New Orleans, LA
Amy Sadao | Daniel W. Dietrich II Director of ICA Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA


Participants of this convening include:
Brandon Alvendia | Independent Curator | Chicago, IL
Michael J. Anderson | Oklahoma City Museum of Art Director of Curatorial Affairs| Oklahoma City, OK
Mara Baldwin | Handwerker Gallery Director | Ithaca, NY
Tyler Blackwell | Blaffer Art Museum Curatorial Fellow | Houston, TX
Andrea Barnwell Brownlee | Spelman College of Fine Art Director | Atlanta, GA
Joseph Becker San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Associate Curator of Architecture and Design | San Francisco, CA
Leslie Brothers | Ulrich Museum of Art Director | Wichita, KS
Jennifer Carty | Smart Museum Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art | Chicago, IL
Rachel Cook | On the Boards Artistic Director | Seattle, WA
Eric Crosby | Carnegie Museum of Art Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art | Pittsburgh, PA
Alexandria Eregbu | Independent Curator | Chicago, IL
Sally Frater | Ulrich Museum of Art Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art | Wichita, KS
Amy Galpin | Frost Museum Chief Curator | Miami, FL
Elizabeth Gessel | Museum of the African Diaspora Director of Public Programs | San Francisco, CA
Marcela Guerrero | Whitney Museum of American Art Assistant Curator | New York, NY
Andria Hickey | Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Senior Curator | Cleveland, OH
Kaela Sáenz Oriti | Phoenix Art Museum Museum Education Director | Phoenix, AZ
Naima Keith | California African American Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator | Los Angeles, CA
Mia Lopez | DePaul Museum Assistant Curator | Chicago, IL
Lucy Mensah | Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago’s School of Art & Art History Visiting Assistant Professor | Chicago, IL
Lynnette Miranda | United States Artists Program Manager | Chicago, IL
Srimoyee Mitra | Stamps Gallery Director | Ann Arbor, MI
Sofía Gallisá Muriente | Beta-Local Co-Director | San Juan, PR
Kim Nguyen | CCA Wattis Curator and Head of Programs | San Francisco, CA
Karen Patterson | John Michael Kohler Arts Center Senior Curator | Sheboygan, WI
Arnaldo Rodriguez-Bagué | MATORRAL Co-chair, Manager/Curator | Chicago, IL
Ana Torok | Museum of Modern Art Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings | New York, NY
Joey Yates | KMAC Museum Curator | Louisville, KY
among others.



The 2018 Curatorial Forum was made possible, in part, by Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art; Sotheby’s; Terry Dowd Inc.; and Willis Towers Watson.

September 27, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, IL 60610


Jochen Volz

Jochen Volz is the General Director of Pinacoteca de São Paulo and the curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at the 57th Biennale di Venezia (2017). He was the chief curator of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016). Between 2012 and 2015 he was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior, he was a curator at the Instituto Inhotim, Minas Gerais, since 2004, where he has served as General Director between 2005 and 2007 and Artistic Director between 2007 and 2012. Furthermore, he has contributed to many exhibitions throughout the world, including Terra Comunal – Marina Abramović in sesc Pompeia, São Paulo (2015), Planos de fuga, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo (2012), Olafur Eliasson – Your Body of Work as part of the 17th International Festival of Contemporary Art – sesc Videobrasil in the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, in sesc Pompeia and sesc Belenzinho, São Paulo (2011), The Spiral and the Square at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, at Gråmølna Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, and at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (2011), the 1st Aichi Triennale in Nagoya (2010) and the presentation of Cinthia Marcelle at the Biennale de Lyon (2007). In 2009, he organized Fare Mondi / Making Worlds, the international section of the 53rd International Venice Biennale together with Daniel Birnbaum. In 2006, he guest curated for the 27th São Paulo Biennial a special exhibition project in homage to Marcel Broodthaers with Juan Araujo, Mabe Bethônico, Marcel Broodthaers, Marilá Dardot, Tacita Dean, Meschac Gaba, Goshka Macuga, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Haegue Yang. Between 2001 and 2004, he was curator of Portikus Frankfurt am Main, where he organized individual exhibitions with Cildo Meireles, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gilbert & George, Janet Cardiff, Jason Rhoades, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Philippe Parreno, Renée Green, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rivane Neuenschwander and Simon Starling, amongst others. As a critic he is writing for magazines and catalogues and is contributing editor to Frieze.

Dean Daderko

Dean Daderko is the Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH). His most recent shows include Telepathic Improvisation, a multi-partnered project that marks the first US solo exhibition for the collaborative duo Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, which he co-curated at CAMH with Alhena Katsof; Atlas, Plural, Monumental, a 25-year survey of sculpture, video and photography, drawing, and interactive artwork by the inimitable Paul Ramírez Jonas; A Traveling Show, in which individual artworks and the display of a decade-old visual correspondence project between Matt Keegan and Kay Rosen spoke to a long-standing friendship and shared interests in humor and language; and THE INTERVIEW: Red, Red Future – a solo exhibition of commissioned works by the artist MPA that traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art – in which a live performance and sculptures became vehicles through which to imagine the future of the red planet and notions of colonization. Daderko has commissioned artworks with Claire Fontaine, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Klara Lidén, Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang, among others. His writing has appeared in Mousse and publications by the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the University of California, Irvine. He is currently preparing an exhibition of the idiosyncratic embroidered paintings of Nicholas Moufarrege (1947-1985) that will debut at CAMH in 2018.

Candice Hopkins

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer originally from Whitehorse, Yukon and based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is co-curator of the forthcoming SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada, opening in August, 2018, as well as co-curator of the Canadian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale opening May, 2019, which will feature the media work of Isuma Productions, a collective based in Igloolik and Montreal, Canada. She was a curator for documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany. Her writing is published widely and recent essays include “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind and “The Gilded Gaze: Wealth and Economies on the Colonial Frontier” for the documenta 14 Reader. She has lectured on contemporary art, sound, indigeneity, native economies, and vernacular architecture at such venues as Witte de With, WIELS, Tate Modern, Dak’Art Biennale, Artists Space, Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Canada. She is the recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art and the 2016 the Prix pour un essai critique sur l’art contemporain by the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco. Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.

Amy Sadao

Appointed Director in September 2012, Amy Sadao has forged connections with institutions across the city, dramatically increased ICA’s budget and staffing, and directed an ambitious contemporary program extending equity to overlooked and underrepresented artists, ideas, and publics. Before assuming the directorship of ICA, Sadao served for ten years as Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City where she expanded the organization’s resources and public awareness of its mission utilizing contemporary art to provoke dialogue about HIV/AIDS and supporting HIV-positive artists. Sadao has been notably honored for her work by ArtTable’s 2014 New Leadership Award; Christine Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council, as a Women in the Arts Leader; and knighted by the Imperial Court of New York, the city’s oldest drag house, for her work as an AIDS and art activist. She serves on the board of directors of Denniston Hill, an artist residency program, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and is a Director Emeritus of Visual AIDS. Sadao began her career as a curatorial intern at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Phillip Morris Branch. She holds an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art.

Katie Pfohl

Katie Pfohl has served as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art since June 2015. She completed her Ph.D. in American Art at Harvard University in 2014 and has a wide range of curatorial experience including positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2006, she completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Projects at NOMA include a solo presentation for the Puerto Rican artist Carlos Rolón entitled Carlos Rolón: Outside/In, which explores the rich cultural and artistic connections between New Orleans, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories, which brings together seven contemporary artists to reflect on forgotten or marginalized histories of New Orleans.

Ryan N. Dennis

Ryan N. Dennis joined Project Row Houses in Houston as the Public Art Director in October 2012. Her interests include African American and international contemporary art, with a particular focus on socially engaged practices in all media, site-specific projects, and public interventions. At Project Row Houses, Ryan has organized exhibitions and programs including, Round 41: Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas (2014); Round 40: Monuments: Right Beyond the Site (2014); Social Practice. Social Justice Symposium (2014); Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward (2013). She has written for the 2014 Prospect 3 catalogue and the Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine. Prior to Project Row Houses she worked in New York City at the Museum for African Art as the traveling exhibition manager, working on exhibitions which included but not limited to El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria, and Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope). She received her master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute where her research focused on the role of the artist as the administrator and cultural producer through residencies, and collaborative programming. Prior to moving to New York City, Ryan worked as a community organizer and a curatorial assistant at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX.

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