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Curator’s Perspective: Bisi Silva

May 9, 2010

New York, NY, USA
New Museum

235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

ICI (Independent Curators International) has developed its first touring curatorial conversation with Bisi Silva, an independent curator and the founder/director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. Throughout May, Silva will participate in a series of public lectures, panel discussions, and conversations across the U.S., including Chicago, Houston, New York, Williamstown, MA, and Newark, NJ.

The conversation series will explore the growing impact of transnational practice, using Silva’s extensive curatorial experiences across Africa, Asia, and Europe as a starting point for discussion. Looking at the potential for new dynamic forms of exhibition-making and cultural exchange, Silva will present her research into artists, as well as respond to questions posed on the subjects of the expansion of curatorial networks and emerging collaborative institutional models around the world.

Organized as part of ICI’s new programming initiatives that provide a platform for innovative curators to directly connect with diverse publics, this conversation series will be Silva’s first visit to the United States in over a decade. ICI’s executive director Kate Fowle will moderate the conversations and each event will be recorded, so that transcripts and edited video footage can be made available on ICI’s website.

Conversation Series Tour

May 1, 2010
5-6:30 pm
Beyond the White Cube II: International Networks
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Converge Curators Forum, Art Chicago
Chicago, IL

How can the expansion of curatorial networks and collaborative practice between institutions internationally start to build the potential for new forms of exhibitions and exchange? How are practitioners re-thinking and re-defining their roles? Moderated by Kate Fowle, Executive Director of ICI (Independent Curators International), panelists include João Ribas, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; Abigail Satinsky, Co-director, InCUBATE, Chicago; and Bisi Silva.

May 5, 2010
6:30-8:30 pm
MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts)
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY

MoCADA, Independent Curators International and the Museum for African Art are partnering together to bring Bisi Silva to Brooklyn! Bisi Silva is an internationally acclaimed curator, art critic and, more recently, the founder and director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. Silva will speak about her history as a curator, past, present and future, her journey starting the CAA and will highlight artists she has been working with in Nigeria and throughout the continent. Following will be a roundtable discussion between Ms. Silva, Lisa Binder, Assistant Curator at Museum for African Art and Kimberli Gant, Exhibitions Director at MoCADA on the role of curators in developing African and African Diasporan artists.

May 6, 2010
5:30-7 pm
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA

In conversation with Natasha Becker, Mellon Assistant Director of Research and Academic Program, Bisi Silva will continue her dialogue on transnational curatorial practices and current research areas.

May 7, 2010
6-7 pm
Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ

Newark Museum curator Christa Clarke and Bisi Silva discuss issues of curatorial practice in conjunction with the opening of a new gallery devoted to contemporary arts of Africa from the Museum’s permanent collection, the first such gallery in the country.

May 9, 2010
4-6 pm
The Curator’s Perspective with Bisi Silva
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY

Bisi Silva will present at ICI’s The Curator’s Perspecitve, an itinerant public discussion series, featuring an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

May 10, 2010
8 pm
The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross Street
Houston, TX

Bisi Silva wraps up her conversation series at the Menil Collection with curator Kristina Van Dyke, discussing themes that have emerged during the lectures around the country as well as highlighting areas of her own practice and research.

Read Bisi's blog of her trip to the United States here.

Bisi Silva

Bisi Silva was the Founder/Director of the Center for Contemporary Art CCA, Lagos, Nigeria, and Àsìkò, the innovative, itinerant art school held across Africa in cities including Lagos, Accra, Dakar, Maputo and Addis Ababa. 

About The Curator's Perspective 

The Curator’s Perspective is a free, itinerant public talk series featuring established U.S. and international curators, who present on their work and research. It was developed to offer audiences ways to connect with timely information and a wide variety of international perspectives on contemporary art and curating today. The series sheds light on movements and models that are shaping the curatorial field today, addressing questions about art, culture, and the artists and exhibitions that curators look to.