Curating and Education

ICI presents a panel discussion on the discursive turn in curating at CAA’s 100th annual conference in Los Angeles.

Practitioners at the intersection of education and curatorial practice examine new developments in the field and consider how this turn is re-calibrating traditional dynamics between educators, curators, and artists in different institutional contexts, as well as new forms of audience engagement.

Panelists include Allison Agsten, Curator of Public Engagement, Hammer Museum; Jessica Gogan, independent curator and educator; and Sofia Olascoaga, independent curator and ICI Curatorial Research Fellow. The conversation will be moderated by Chelsea Haines, Education & Public Programs Manager, ICI.

February 23, 2012

CAA 100th Annual Conference
Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 405
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Allison Agsten

Allison Agsten is Curator of Public Engagement and Director of Visitor Services at the Hammer Museum. In her role, she collaborates with artists to develop a new paradigm for the museum experience. Recent projects include the installation of a lending library and used bookstore into the Hammer’s lobby gallery as well an examination of security guard labor and uniforms.Formerly, Agsten was Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she spearheaded a number of projects related to accessibility including a first-of-its kind program to make rare LACMA publications available for free online and a curated online photo contest that garnered entries from across the globe.  Prior to joining to LACMA, Agsten was a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau where she regularly covered the arts.

Jessica Gogan

Jessica Gogan is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Pittsburgh and independent curator and educator working in the US and Brazil. Currently, she co-coordinates the Experimental Nucleus of Education & Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and recently completed an evaluation of the pedagogic project of the 8th Mercosul Biennal, Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2010 she curated an exhibition by Brazilian artist José Rufino at The Andy Warhol Museum and co-coordinated educational initiatives for the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: Museum is the World. Her article “Museum as Artist: Creative, Dialogic and Civic Practice” reflects on aspects of her former work as Director of Education at The Andy Warhol Museum.

Chelsea Haines

Chelsea Haines is a writer and curator based in New York. She is also Associate Editor of The Exhibitionist, a journal on exhibition-making published by Archive Books, and is currently editing the Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum, with Janet Marstine and Alexander Bauer. This volume, targeted towards students of curatorial practice, addresses key ethical questions in museum policy and practice, particularly as related to issues of collection and display. She holds a B.A. in Art History and English Literature from Duquesne University, an M.A. in Visual Culture Theory from New York University, and is entering the PhD program in Art History at The Graduate Center in fall 2012.

Sofía Olascoaga

Sofía Olascoaga works in the intersections of art and education by activating spaces for critical thinking and collective action. Olascoaga is a Curatorial Research Fellow at Indpendent Curators International, was a Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2010 and received her BFA with honors from La Esmeralda National School of Fine Arts (Mexico City). Olascoaga was Clinics Director for SITAC X the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory, in Mexico City in 2012 and works as advisor for the educational program at the Botanical Garden in Culiacán—a public cultural center created through the collaboration of Coppel Collection, local government, and civil organizations. This program is dedicated to integrating ecological education and contemporary art, while engaging local communities. Her main research is focused in critically assessing the productive tension between utopia and failure of intentional community models, developed in Mexico in past decades.

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