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Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he oversees the Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art. In 2006, he initiated two exhibition series at the Museum called Notations and Live Cinema, both of which are devoted to the permanent collection and video. He was the lead organizer of Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens that represented the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2010 he organized a survey exhibition of the work of the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del secolo XXI), where it traveled in the spring of 2011. Most recently, he organized Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp, which opened in Philadelphia in October of 2012. He has was part of the curatorial teams for Documenta11, the 50th Venice Biennale and conceived and curated Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture, which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London (2004/2005) as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2006/2007). From 2010 until 2013 he worked as Curator at Large at MAXXI Arte, in Rome, Italy.
VOTI: Union of the Imaginary will be launched at the ICI Curatorial Hub with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Carlos Basualdo, Jordan Crandall, and Susan Hapgood, and November Paynter.read more »
The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models conference, co-organized by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum, aims to tackle key questions around the museum as an institutional entity and contemporary art as an art historical category.read more »