Curatorial Intensive Symposium

Participants in ICI’s fall Curatorial Intensive present new exhibition proposals in a daylong symposium. Presenters include 13 professionals from 11 countries and 2 U.S. states who have each been selected to come to New York and work on curatorial concepts with some of the leading curators, critics, and artists in the field of curating performance, including Mark Beasley (Performa), Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA PS1), Claire Bishop (CUNY Graduate Center), RoseLee Goldberg (Performa), Ana Janevski (MoMA), Nancy Spector (Guggenheim), and Jovana Stokic (Location One/Marina Abramović Studio).

Additionally, Ana Janevksi, the newly-appointed Associate Curator of Performance at MoMA, will give a keynote lecture discussing the development of her own curatorial practice in relation to the growing field of performance art.

This event is free, but RSVP is required. If you would like to attend the Curatorial Intensive symposium, please email Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 212-254-8200 x126.

November 23, 2011

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Tuesday, November 22


Jaime Austin

Jaime Austin is a San Francisco based curator currently working as the Curator and Director of Programs for ZERO1: The Art and Technology Network and the lead curator of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial. In 2010, she was Assistant Curator of the 2010 01SJ Biennial, co-curating with Steve Dietz the event’s central exhibition, “Out of the Garage Into the World.” Before shifting to a full-time focus on the arts, she worked in the technology industry at companies including Macromedia and Adobe. She received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, and holds joint bachelor degrees in Art History and Computer Information Systems from Santa Clara University. Jaime is also the West Coast Editor for the blog Public Address.

Laura Blereau

Based in New Orleans, Laura Blereau is the Curator and Coordinator of Academic Programming at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, where she works on exhibitions that highlight women artists, socially engaged art practices, and a collection that contextualizes the Newcomb Pottery movement. Her most recent major projects include “Laura Anderson Barbata: Transcommunality” (2021), “Brandan ‘Bmike’ Odums: Not Supposed 2-Be Here” (2020), the traveling group exhibition “Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women in Louisiana“ (2019), and “Fallen Fruit: Empire” (2018). Previously Blereau served as Curator of the Hilliard University Art Museum, a 12,000 square foot exhibition space at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she initiated a series of single-channel video art exhibitions and curated a wide range of projects including the kinetic sculpture retrospective “Lin Emery: A Movement, 1957-2017.“

Liz Burns

Liz Burns works for the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin where she curates the visual arts programme which includes ‘Troubling Ireland’- an ongoing think tank for artists led by the Danish curatorial collective ‘Kuratorisk Aktion. Past projects include ‘Two Monuments’ (2009) with Polish artist Artur Zmijewski and ‘The Applied Social Arts’ publication. Liz completed her MA in Visual Arts Practices with IADT Dublin 2008/9 and has since been developing her independent curatorial practice including ‘Liliquoi Blue:God made me a boy’ (2010) with UK live artist Qasim Riza Shaheen. ‘It has no name’ is an ongoing project exploring the themes of abuse, silencing and the representation of truth, through performance.

Kari Cwynar

Kari Cwynar is a curator and editor living in Toronto, Canada. She is Curator at Evergreen Brick Works, where she is developing a program of temporary public art projects in Toronto’s Don River Valley. The program launched in 2017 with new public works by Duane Linklater, Maria Hassabi and Life of a Craphead. Cwynar is also Editorial Director of C Magazine, where she has been since 2015. In 2014, Cwynar and artist Kara Hamilton co-founded the occasional project space and publishing house Kunstverein Toronto, where they have organized and published projects with Carolee Schneemann, Raimundas Malašauskas, Marcos Lutyens, Tamara Henderson, Angie Keefer, Steve Kado, Rachelle Sawatsky and cheyanne turions, Jason Dodge and CAConrad, Glenn Lewis, Derya Akay, Maryse Larivière and Andrew James Paterson, among others. Cwynar studied Art History at Queen’s University and Carleton University, earning her MA in 2010, and later participated in the de Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. She has held curatorial research positions at The Banff Centre, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario, and has participated in curatorial and writing residencies at Fogo Island Arts, the Banff Centre and SOMA Mexico. Cwynar also writes on contemporary art for publications including Artforum, Frieze, C Magazine and Inuit Art Quarterly. 

Martyn Richard Coppell

Martyn Richard Coppell is a London and Berlin based curator, writer and editor. His practice is concerned with interrogating the politics of architecture and performance, looking at the implications of the changing perception of the body in Western society; how the architectural object is conceptualized and politicized and the aesthetics of resistance and protest in performance.  Martyn holds an MA (Hons.) in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London and a BA (Hons.) in History of Art and Architecture from Liverpool School of Art.

Mara Gladstone

Mara Gladstone is Associate Curator at Palm Springs Art Museum, in Palm Springs, California. She has organized exhibitions in a range of media and subjects, with particular emphasis on those that cross disciplines and time periods. Recent exhibitions include Pat Lasch: Journeys of the Heart, a long-overdue survey of an artist who manipulates fine and decorative art media as a mode of feminist practice, and photography installations featuring Walker Evans and Todd Hido. Mara received her PhD and MA from the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, and BA from Brown. Mara has been on the Palm Springs Public Art Commission since 2015, and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators and College Art Association. She is also trained as an oil painter.

Rattanamol Singh Johal

Rattanamol Singh Johal is the C-MAP Fellow for Asia in the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA and a member of the post Editorial Team. He has previously worked in various capacities, including curator, archivist and publications editor at Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi. He entered the Art History doctoral program at Columbia University in 2013 after earning a BA in Art History & Political Science at the Macaulay Honors College, CUNY (2009) and an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2011). Interested in exploring the afterlives of the documentary mode, he examines artistic practices from around the globe that continue to critically push the genre into speculative, fictive, forensic, and other terrains.

Maaike Lauwaert

Maaike Lauwaert has been the visual arts curator at Stroom Den Haag, an independent centre for art and architecture in the Netherlands, for over a year. From 2003 on she has been writing about contemporary art for various magazines in the Netherlands and Belgium. She is also the secretary for an interest group for small Dutch art spaces called De Zaak Nu. Before starting at Stroom, she worked at the Mondriaan Foundation (a funding body) and completed a PhD. in cultural sciences at the University of Maastricht.

Capucine Perrot

Capucine Perrot has curated, co-curated and produced multidisciplinary programs encompassing visuals arts, dance, theatre and expanded cinema, ranging in scale and format from new commissions and site-specific works to exhibitions, talks, symposiums and displays. Capucine Perrot is currently Museum and Artist Liaison at White Cube, London and was previously Assistant Curator of Performance and Contemporary Art at Tate Modern, London. She was part of the curatorial team that organized the inaugural program of the Tanks at Tate Modern (‘The Tanks: Art in Action’, Tate Modern, July–October 2012). She is the co-curator of ‘Performance Room’, an online series of performances (2012-15).

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson currently lives in New York where she is an independent curator and project manager. Most recently she co-curated an exhibition, 196 Guernsey, in a house in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, focusing on concepts and relationships associated with the home by such artists as Sami Ben Larbi, Langdon Graves, and Robin Cameron, and exploring the significance and interaction with an alternative exhibition space and its relevance to the artists’ conceptual interests. She has worked on a Special Project for the Moscow Biennale 2009 and contributed text published in the catalogue for The Situation. She earned a BA in Anthropology and in 2008 earned her MA in Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Victor Wang

Victor Wang is artistic director and chief curator at M Woods Museum in Beijing.
Recent exhibitions include the first solo exhibitions in China of British artist Michael Dean, ‘Analogue LOL’ (2018) at ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai; Brazilian artist Jac Leirner, ‘Borders Are Drawn By Hand’ (2016), at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pavilion, Shanghai; and French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa ‘Soft(a)ware’ (2016), at the chi K11 art museum, Shanghai. Wang collaborated with artist Katja Novitskova on her first solo exhibition in the UK, ‘Invasion Curves’ (2018) at Whitechapel Gallery, London, and curated the first presentation in the United Kingdom of Shanghai-based artist Xu Zhen’s ‘XUZHEN Supermarket’ (2017) and the group exhibition ‘Zhongguo 2185’ at Sadie Coles HQ, London. In 2015, he was appointed by the K11 Art Foundation as a curator of the travelling exhibition ‘Inside China - L’Intérieur du Géant’, a collaborative exhibition between the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and K11 Art Foundation. Wang has written for Artforum and was a guest editor of LEAP magazine. In 2018, he will launch the ‘Institute of Asian Performance Art’ (IAPA) with the David Roberts Art Foundation London, an international network to deepen the awareness and understanding of the history of early performance art in East Asia.

Adnan Yildiz

Adnan Yildiz participated in the traveling curatorial research program, Curatorlab/Konstfack in Stockholm (2006-2008), and was supported by Si (Swedish Institute). He was awarded a research fellowship and independent study program at the Valand Art Academy (2008). Yildiz was a nominee for ICI’s Independent Curatorial Vision Award in 2012. Yildiz co-curated the video program Nightcomers for the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), and also Hot-Desking (Curatorlab) for Manifesta 7 (2008), in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective. He received the Montehermoso Curator Research Grant 2009 and manifested the project, There is no audience, an exhibition about public imagination at Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, as well as Time-Challenger, an exhibition on critical reconstruction at HISK, Gent, Belgium. Yildiz participated in curatorial education programs such as the Curatorial Intensive, organized by ICI, New York (during Performa 2011); the curatorial seminar at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2008); and Fast Forward within the framework of the 4th Berlin Biennial, Young Curators’ Workshop, KW, Berlin (2006). He has contributed to international periodicals such as Metropolis M, Mousse, Paletten, Idea, art- ist, Bidoun, Politiken, Manifesta Online Journal, Res-Art, as well as Radikal, Taraf, Bianet, and Milliyet Sanat in Turkish. Yildiz has given lectures in Istanbul, Berlin, Bucharest, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Taipei, and Venice. Since January 2011, Yildiz has been the Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, currently focusing on the solo exhibitions series, Artistic Dialogues, at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Methodical Inquiries at Polistar Gallery, Istanbul, and a discussion-based event program, Critical Voices, at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Platform3 in Munich.

Mi You

Mi You is a Beijing-born curator, researcher, and academic staff at Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her research and curatorial project takes the Silk Road as a figuration for deep-time, deep-space, de-centralized and nomadic imageries. She has curated performative programs at Asian Culture Center Theater (Gwangju, South Korea) and the inaugural Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival, Mongolia (2016). With Binna Choi, she is co-initiator of a long-term research/curation project Unmapping Eurasia (2018-). Her transcultural curatorial work has concretised in exhibitions like “Around Ai Weiwei: Photograph 1983-2016” at CAMERA - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia and “Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals” at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2017).

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