Create Curator talk with Lawrence Rinder and Matthew Higgs

Create installation view. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2011.

In conjunction with the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery’s presentation of Create, this October 3rd both curators Lawrence Rinder and Matthew Higgs will be present at the gallery to give a special talk about the exhibition.

Curated by Lawrence Rinder and Matthew Higgs, Create profiles twenty of the most important artists who have worked with Creativity Explored, Creative Growth Art Center, and the National Institute for Art and Disabilities Art Center (NIAD), three long-standing organizations for artists with developmental disabilities. A vast array of media and talent by artists such as Dwight MacKintosh, Dan Miller, Aurie Ramirez, William Scott and more, challenge audiences to question their relationship to categories of contemporary art practice, visibility, and attitudes towards “outsiders”.

*There will also be an opening reception on September 5th with a preview talk by Tom di Maria, director of the Creative Growth Art Center.

August 29 - December 8

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery

September 5
5:15 - 6:15 PM
Talk with Tom di Mardi
Rehm Library

6:30 - 7:30 PM
Opening Reception
Cantor Art Gallery

October 3
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Curator talk with Lawrence Rinder and Matthew Higgs
Hogan Center, Room 519

For more information about Create, please click here.

October 3, 2012

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts


Lawrence Rinder

Lawrence Rinder is Director of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, having previously held the position of Founding Director of the Wattis Institute and Dean of the California College of the Arts as well as the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is also a writer of art criticism, poetry, drama and fiction.

Matthew Higgs

Honored for his long-term, passionate commitment to supporting artists throughout their careers, for his prolific curatorial and writing career, and for his insight which he shares through his research, exhibitions, writings, and pioneering work at White Columns.

Born in the U.K., Higgs trained and worked as an artist before also becoming known for his independent publishing and curatorial projects that raised the profile of emerging artists through the 1990s. In 2001 he relocated to the U.S., to San Francisco, where he became curator of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts, and later the co-chair of the College’s MFA program. He now lives and works in New York where for the last nine years he has been director of the non-profit art space, White Columns.

For more than 20 years, Higgs has shown consistent ways to supports artists, artist-groups, and curators, through his writing, interviews, curating, and teaching, as well as his reinvention and on-going development of White Columns as a space for people to experiment with the presentation of new ideas and work. Since 1992 he has organized over 250 artists projects and exhibitions, and written for more than 50 publications and art magazines. He is tirelessly making studio visits and proposing projects with new and overlooked artists, including consistently championing a group of developmentally disabled artists from the non-profit organization Creative Growth by writing on their work and including it in many exhibitions.

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