Curatorial Forum | EXPO CHICAGO
September 18–21, 2019
Developed by EXPO CHICAGO and ICI, the 2019 Curatorial Forum offers a group of mid-career and established curators, working independently or with an institutional affiliation, the opportunity to engage with their peers and explore significant issues relating to curating, programming, institution-building and audience engagement.
The 2019 Curatorial Forum will open with a keynote presentation by Zoe Butt, Artistic Director at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, for Forum participants, Chicago professionals and other visiting curators, and will feature a series of peer-led, closed-door sessions focused on critical questions relevant to contemporary practice and context. The session topics include “Race, Gender, Representation,” “Architecture,” “Placefulness,” “Accessibility,” and “University Galleries in the Era of Globalized Knowledge.” This Curatorial Forum is a collaboration and ongoing partnership with The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and participation by alumni of the prestigious Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in honor of the Fellowship’s 20th anniversary.
Zoe Butt | Artistic Director at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre | Ho Chi Minh City
Session leaders include:
C. Ondine Chavoya | Race, Gender, Representation | Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies, Williams College | Williamstown, MA
Jose Esparza | Architecture | Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture | New York, NY
Sara Raza | Placefulness | Curator at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York, NY
Cara Starke | Accessibility | Director of Pulitzer Arts Foundation | St. Louis, MO
Dominic Willsdon | University Galleries in the Era of Globalized Knowledge | Director of Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University | Richmond, VA
Participants of this convening included: Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis); Brandon Alvendia, Artist, Independent Curator, Educator; Joseph Becker, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Giovanna Borasi, Chief Curator, Canadian Centre for Architecture; Maite Borjabad, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago; Anthony Carfello, Independent Curator; Claire D’Alba, Curator, Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State; Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries; Don Desmett, Interim Curator, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Grace Deveney, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Catherine Futter, Ph.D, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art; Kimberli Gant, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Chrysler Museum of Art; Jia Gu, Director and Curator, Materials & Applications; Mary Heathcott, Executive Director, Blue Star Contemporary; Carmen Hermo, Curator of Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum Associate; Kaytie Johnson, Bruce Kammerling Curator, San Diego History Center; Ross Jordan, Curatorial Manager, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; Veronica Kessenich, Executive Director, Atlanta Contemporary; Emily A. Kuhlmann, Director of Exhibitions & Curatorial Affairs, Museum of the African Diaspora; Leslie Laird Luebbers, Director, Art Museum of the University of Memphis; Barbara London, Independent Curator; Diana Nawi, Independent Curator; Monica Obinski, Curator of 20th and 21st Century Design, Milwaukee Art Museum Demmer; Meg Onli, Philadelphia Assistant Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art; Marina -Teresa Otero Verzier, Architect and Director of Research, Het Nieuwe Instituut; Heather Pesanti, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, The Contemporary Austin Chief; Allison Quinn, Director of Exhibitions and Residencies, Hyde Park Art Center; Wil Ruggiero, Independent Curator; Anne-Claire Schmitz, Director and Curator, La Loge; Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming and de Young Museum Curator for Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Lorelei Stewart, Director, 400 Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago; Irene Sunwoo, Director of Exhibitions, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Valentine Umansky, Curator of Lens-Based Arts, Contemporary Arts Center; Max Weintraub, Senior Curator, Aspen Art Museum; Abigail Winograd, MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator, Smart Museum of Art; and Tanya Zimbardo, Assistant Curator of Media Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Support for the 2019 Curatorial Forum is provided by Heritage Auctions; Marjorie and Ambassador Louis Susman/the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Art; the Tremaine Foundation; Willis Towers Watson; and Terry Dowd Incorporated.
Image Caption: 2018 Curatorial Forum and Exchange participants at the Graham Foundation.