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Curator’s Perspective: Britta Peters and Kasper König


Image of Britta Peters (left): Hubertus Huvermann. Image of Kasper König (right): Arne Wesenberg.


Curator’s Perspective: Britta Peters and Kasper König
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7–8:30pm
CUNY Graduate Center

Skylight Room, 9th Floor
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
FREE and open to the public


As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Britta Peters and Kasper König will speak about the 2017 edition of the Skulptur Projekte Münster. König is Artistic Director and Peters is Curator of Skulptur Projekte 2017.

From 10 June to 1 October 2017, a total of some thirty new artistic productions will be on display all over the city space of Münster, covering the spectrum between sculpture and performative art in the urban space.

The history of Skulptur Projekte Münster is closely linked with the idea of creating a public not just with but also for art. The exhibition was started in 1977 and takes place only every ten years. Its concept is very much based on the ideas of the participating artists and has remained essentially unchanged over the past decades: the curatorial team invites artists from all over the globe to explore the relationship between art, the public space, and the urban environment and develop new, site-specific works. Selected projects are realized in the urban setting and inscribe themselves in the structural, historical and societal contexts of the city. At the same time, the projects point beyond the specific place: themes related to the global present and reflections on contemporary concepts of sculpture are as much an integral part of the artistic inquiries as investigation into the basic parameters of publicness and the public realm.

Britta Peters and Kasper König will give a brief introduction into the history of the exhibition and discuss the plans for the next edition in 2017.


Hosted by The Center for the Humanities and The James Gallery at The Graduate Center, CUNY.


This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with MÜNSTER in the subject line.


 

The Curator’s Perspective is a free, itinerant public discussion series featuring U.S. and international curators, and developed as a way for audiences in New York to connect with timely information about a wide variety of international perspectives on contemporary art today. The series sheds light on movements and models that are still in formation or have been overlooked. This year, speakers in the series will include curators based in Medellín, Münster, and New Orleans, addressing questions about art, culture, and the exhibitions in which they are most interested, as well as the artists and the socio-political contexts that are shaping curatorial practice now.


The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Hartfield Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.

March 15, 2017

CUNY Graduate Center
Skylight Room, 9th Floor
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

presenter

Britta Peters

Britta Peters (b. in Birkenfeld an der Nahe in 1967) received her education in cultural studies at the Universität Lüneburg and now works as an art critic and freelance curator. In 2007 she curated the “Wilhelmsburger Freitag,” an art project in the public realm in Hamburg, and from 2008 to 2011 she served as artistic director of the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. In 2012 she curated the exhibition “Demonstrationen. Vom Werden normativer Ordnungen” at the Frankfurt Kunstverein, in collaboration with the “Normative Orders” Cluster of Excellence at Frankfurt’s Goethe-Universität; the exhibition project “Illness as Metaphor: Madness in the Garden of the Species,” initiated by Peters, followed in 2014. She has published extensively on art in the public realm and held various teaching positions – recently, for example, at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg. She assumed the position of curator for the Skulptur Projekte 2017 in January 2015.


Kasper König

Prof. Kasper König (b. in Mettingen, Westphalia in 1943) already organized numerous exhibitions during his student years, among them a Claes Oldenburg show in Stockholm in 1966. Following a lengthy stay in New York and teaching positions in Halifax and Düsseldorf, he was appointed professor at the Frankfurt Städelschule in 1988; the following year he assumed the position of rector there. In 1977 he and Klaus Bussmann jointly initiated the Skulptur Projekte Münster, which have been taking place every ten years since then with his involvement. He has moreover curated several large-scale exhibitions, for example “Westkunst” (1981), “Der zerbrochene Spiegel” (1993) and most recently, the Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg. From 2000 to 2012, Kasper König directed the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. In January 2015 he was appointed artistic director of the Skulptur Projekte.


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