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Mack McFarland is an artist and has worked as Curator for Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon since 2006. Currently McFarland is the Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA. Some of his exhibitions at PNCA have included commissioned projects of new works from tactical media practitioners Critical Art Ensemble, Eva and Franco Mattes, and Disorientalism. He has also curated a review of Luc Tuymans’s printed works, a group exhibit marking the centennial of John Cage’s birth, and a comprehensive look at the process of the comic journalist Joe Sacco. McFarland’s currently questing how exhibitions and artworks can meaningfully link to our shared experience of existing together, and have a social and political impact within the ongoing process of history.
This week, 13 alumni from one of the first Curatorial Intensive’s held in 2010 participated in a seminar via Zoom. Dialing in from 13 cities in 9 countries, the discussion allowed the group to reconnect and collectively think through some of the urgent questions that have arisen in the past month, and their responses to the needs of artists and audience.read more »
Operations Manual is a project which explores, compiles, and presents the directive materials curators, preparators, registrars, and collectors receive from artists for the caring of their works.read more »