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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. For its third year, The Curatorial Forum will once again feature a series of invitational sessions focused on critical questions relevant to contemporary practice and context, led by internationally recognized leaders in the field.

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 closed-door sessions focused on critical questions relevant to contemporary practice and context, led by internationally recognized leaders in the field. 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)


Session leaders include:
Dean Daderko (Curator, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston)
Candice Hopkins (Co-curator of the forthcoming SITE Santa Fe Biennial)
Amy Sadao (Daniel W. Dietrich II Director, ICA Philadelphia)
Katie A. Pfohl (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art)


Participants of this convening include:
Mara Baldwin | Handwerker Gallery Director
Andrea Barnwell Brownlee | Spelman College of Fine Art Director
Rachel Cook | On the Boards Artistic Director
Eric Crosby | Carnegie Museum of Art Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Ryan Dennis | Row House Projects Curator and Programs Director
Sally Frater | Ulrich Museum of Art Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Elizabeth Gessel | Museum of the African Diaspora Director of Public Programs
Marcela Guerrero | Whitney Museum of American Art Assistant Curator
Andria Hickey | Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Senior Curator
Henriette Huldisch | MIT List Visual Arts Center Director of Exhibitions and Curator
Naima Keith | California African American Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator
Lucy Mensah | Detroit Institute of Arts Assistant Curator of Post-1950 Contemporary Art
Srimoyee Mitra | Stamps Gallery Director
Sofía Gallisá Muriente | Beta-Local Co-Director
Kim Nguyen | CCA Wattis Curator and Head of Programs
Karen Patterson | John Michael Kohler Arts Center Senior Curator
Gabriel Ritter | Minneapolis Institute of Art Curator of Contemporary Art
Joey Yates | Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Curator
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

presenter

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.


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