Installation shot from Mona Hatoum: Turbulence at Mathaf, Doha, 2014. Image Courtesy of Sueraya Shaheen.
Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Hunter College MFA Campus
205 Hudson Street Gallery
New York, NY 10013
As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring international curators—Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath will present a talk titled Tea with Nefertiti.
For their Curator’s Perspective, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath will discuss the curatorial concept behind their traveling exhibition Tea with Nefertiti: the making of an artwork by the artist, the museum and the public. Through employing the Nefertiti bust as a metaphorical thread, and by employing Egypt as a case in point, Bardaouil and Fellrath illustrate how artworks become tools to construct images of a specific culture.
In their talk, the curators reference select juxtapositions of historic, modern and contemporary artworks from the exhibition to illustrate their critique of conventional museum and art-historical classifications. By interrogating the contested history of Egyptian museum collections, they shed light on how an artwork acquires different agencies when it travels through time and place.
Tea with Nefertiti was presented at Mathaf - Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha (2012), IMA - Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (2013), IVAM - Institut Valencià d’Art Modern in Valencia (2013) and SMÄK – State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich (2014). Consequently, Bardaouil and Fellrath discuss the significance of drawing from the permanent collections of each of these four museums to adapt the exhibition to largely different cultural contexts and audiences.
The Curator’s Perspective is a free, itinerant public discussion series ICI developed as a way for international curators to share their research and experiences with audiences in New York. These talks provide ICI the opportunity to assemble documentation on and disseminate information about a wide variety of international perspectives on art today. In 2015, audiences will hear perspectives on art, culture, and exhibition-making from curators based in Chicago, Hong Kong, Munich, and Manila. Practitioners will talk about what they’re most interested in at the moment, including the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that are shaping practices now.
The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund.