INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL exhibitions

People’s Biennial

Ana Forner, Snowman, 2009
Jennifer McCormick, Medical Demonstrative Evidence, 2006-2010
Jennifer McCormick, Medical Demonstrative Evidence, 2006-2010
Ana Forner, Snowman, 2009
James Wallner, Masters on Canvas, 2004
Bob Newland, Keepin’ kids off drugs in South Dakota, 1983
Dennis Newell, Lego Battle with Droids and Clones (detail), 2010
Installation view at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
People’s Biennial is an exhibition that examines the work of artists who operate outside the sanctioned mainstream art world. As such it recognizes a wide array of artistic expression present in many communities across the United States. Working in cities that are not considered the primary art capitals, the 36 artists in this exhibition present significant contemporary work ranging from documentary photographs of military life in the heartland, to video works focusing on the biological activity in urban ecosystems, and complex, minute marble-like sculptures carved out of soap bars. In covering even the little-known, the overlooked, the marginalized, and the excluded, the exhibition represents a real snapshot of creative practice in America today.

People’s Biennial also proposes an alternative to the standard contemporary art biennial, which mostly focuses on art from a few select cities (New York, Los Angeles, occasionally Chicago, Miami or San Francisco). It questions the often exclusionary and insular process of selecting art that has at times turned the spaces where art is exhibited into privileged havens seemingly detached from the realities of everyday life.

The exhibition is the result of a year of research into the creative communities of five American cities: Portland, Oregon; Rapid City, South Dakota; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Haverford, Pennsylvania. In each place, the curators collaborated with an art institution and participated in a series of public events and open-calls, meeting hundreds of artists, which led to the selection of the works on view.

Curator

Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann is Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. He has curated over three-dozen exhibitions since the late 1990s. He was Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London from 2003 to 2007. Hoffmann is an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, a guest professor at the Nuova Accademia de Belle Arti, Milan, and a faculty member at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was the co-curator for the 12th Istanbul Biennial in fall 2011.

Harrell Fletcher

Harrell Fletcher is an artist who has worked collaboratively and individually on socially engaged, interdisciplinary projects for more than fifteen years; his work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and in Europe. He is a professor of art and social practice at portland state university in Portland, Oregon.

Touring Schedule

  • Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
    Haverford, Pennsylvania
    January 27, 2012 - March 2, 2012
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    October 15, 2011 - January 15, 2012
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    July 8, 2011 - September 18, 2011
  • Dahl Arts Center
    Rapid City, South Dakota
    January 14, 2011 - March 27, 2011
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
    Portland, Oregon
    September 10, 2010 - October 17, 2010

Booking Info

This exhibition is fully booked.