Saturday, March 10, 2012
New book by Hou Hanru with Mary Ellyn Johnson Paradigm Shifts chronicles recent exhibitions and public programs at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Book launch and signing with Independent Curators International will take place on Saturday, March 10 during The Armory Show, New York.
The San Francisco Art Institute is proud to announce the release of a new book by Hou Hanru with Mary Ellyn Johnson, Paradigm Shifts: Walter and McBean Galleries Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute (2006-2011), which collects images, texts, and ephemera from SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs over the past six years. During this time and under the direction of internationally renowned curator Hou Hanru, the Walter and McBean Galleries have developed an innovative approach to curating and public programming.
Paradigm Shifts features texts by Hou Hanru and Assistant Curator Mary Ellyn Johnson, as well as images and information from over 25 exhibitions, including solo exhibitions with artists Sarkis, Allora & Calzadilla, Jens Haaning, Adel Abdessemed, Yan Pei-Ming, Dan Perjovschi, On Kawara, and Shahzia Sikander. Group exhibitions include “World Factory, Geography of Transterritories, and Everyday Miracles (extended).”
Compiled by Hou Hanru with Mary Ellyn Johnson, and designed by Frida Cano, a master’s student in SFAI’s Exhibition and Museum Studies program, with MFA student Lara Peso, the book was generously supported by Gallery Paule Anglim and Kadist Art Foundation.
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Hou Hanru’s prolific curatorial work addresses contemporary practice and the conditions of artists living in the diaspora from the perspective of cultural hybridity. Hou gained international attention with Cities on the Move (1997-2000), a traveling exhibition he curated with Hans Ulrich Obrist, which emphasized the ways in which Asian contemporary artists have dealt with rapid changes in urban lifestyles and values. He has also curated many seminal exhibitions in Europe, the U.S., and Asia, including international biennials in Shanghai (2000), Istanbul (2007), the Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2007), and Lyon (2009). He has acted as a consultant for cultural institutions across the world including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Global Advisory Committee of the Walker Art Center, and the Asian Art Council. Hou is currently curating the 5th Auckland Triennial, If you were to live here.. (May–August 2013).