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TCC: Terry Smith in Conversation with Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy


Terry Smith in Conversation with Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy
Sunday, September 30, 2012
3–4pm

New York Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

This is the first in a series of conversations with Terry Smith and prominent curators, during which they will discuss his new publication, Thinking Contemporary Curating and other relevant topics in curating today. Smith speaks with Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator of Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in New York.

Thinking Contemporary Curating is the first book to offer an in-depth analysis of the volatile territory of international curatorial practice and the thinking—or insight—that underpins it. In five essays, renowned art historian and critic Terry Smith describes how today curators take on roles far beyond exhibition making, to include reimagining museums; writing the history of curating; creating discursive platforms and undertaking social or political activism, as well as rethinking spectatorship.

Thinking Contemporary Curating is the first in a new series titled Perspectives in Curating developed by ICI to provide sustained analysis on topics that are pressing for curators now.

September 30, 2012

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

presenter

Terry Smith

Terry Smith, FAHA, CIHA, is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2010 he was named the Australia Council Visual Arts Laureate, and won the Mather Award for art criticism conferred by the College Art Association (USA). During 2001-2002 he was a Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, in 2007-8 the GlaxoSmithKlein Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Research Centre, Raleigh-Durham, and in 2014 Clark Fellow at the Clark Institute, Williamstown. From 1994-2001 he was Power Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Power Institute, Foundation for Art and Visual Culture, University of Sydney. In the 1970s he was a member of the Art & Language group (New York) and a founder of Union Media Services (Sydney). He is the author of a number of books, notably Making the Modern: Industry, Art and Design in America (University of Chicago Press, 1993); Transformations in Australian Art (Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002); The Architecture of Aftermath (University of Chicago Press, 2006), What is Contemporary Art? (University of Chicago Press, 2009), Contemporary Art: World Currents (Laurence King and Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2011), and Thinking Contemporary Curating (Independent Curators International, New York, 2012). He is editor of many others including Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, postmodernity and contemporaneity (with Nancy Condee and Okwui Enwezor, Duke University Press, 2008). A foundation Board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, he is currently a Board member of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. http://www.terryesmith.net/web/


Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy is Curator of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in New York. Previously, she was the Director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City since 2009 and was Curator and Programs Manager at Art in General from 2003-2008, where she developed a New Commissions Program. Originally from Mexico, she graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2000. In the past decade, she has worked at Art in General, Americas Society and CCS Bard; curated exhibitions for Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), and the Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, Lithuania; and worked closely on projects with a number of artists, including Allora & Calzadilla, Alejandro Cesarco, Mario García Torres, Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, and Judi Werthein. She lectures regularly on contemporary art, and publishes frequently in exhibition catalogs, art magazines and in her blog Sideshows.org. She is a board member of Kunstverein, Amsterdam, and an agent of the upcoming Documenta 13.


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