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Curator’s Perspective: Naomi Beckwith


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Naomi Beckwith
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
7–8:30pm

NYU Steinhardt
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street, off 9th St between 2nd and 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
FREE


As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring international curators—Naomi Beckwith (Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) will present on her current research interests and curatorial practice.

The core of Beckwith’s research, writings and exhibition-making has been concerned with the language and forms surrounding blackness in modern and contemporary art. For her Curator’s Perspective talk, Beckwith will focus on her curatorial strategies in exhibiting conceptual work by artists of color in order to engender the most expansive critical conversation around their work. In particular, Beckwith will also focus on her upcoming exhibition, The Freedom Principle—co-curated with Dieter Roelstraete—which presents the creative flourishing in art and music on Chicago’s South Side in the mid-1960s. Beckwith posits the question: “How does one deal with black cultural nationalism now?”


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Hosted by the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions, Visual Arts Administration MA Program




The Curator’s Perspective is a free, itinerant public discussion series ICI developed as a way for international curators to share their research and experiences with audiences in New York. These talks provide ICI the opportunity to assemble documentation on and disseminate information about a wide variety of international perspectives on art today. In 2015, audiences will hear perspectives on art, culture, and exhibition-making from curators based in Chicago, Hong Kong, Munich, and Manila. Practitioners will talk about what they’re most interested in at the moment, including the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that are shaping practices now.


The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund.

March 10, 2015

NYU Steinhardt
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street, off 9th St between 2nd and 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

presenter

Naomi Beckwith

Naomi Beckwith is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Prior to joining the MCA, Beckwith was a fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, working on numerous cutting-edge exhibitions including Locally Localized Gravity (2007), which was an exhibition and program of events featuring over 100 artists whose practices are social, participatory, and communal. Beckwith was previously the Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she focused on themes of identity and conceptual practices in contemporary art and artists of African descent, as well as managed the Artists-in-Residence program. Beckwith has curated key exhibitions such as 30 Seconds off an Inch at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2009-10), exhibiting work by 42 artists of color or those inspired by black culture. She holds an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, completing her Master’s thesis on Adrian Piper and Carrie Mae Weems, and was a Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.


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