EN MAS’ Curators’ Talk

Curator's Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson at EN MAS' at CAC New Orleans

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Curators’ Talk
Friday, April 29, 2015

The event is FREE and open to the public

On Friday, April 29, the curators of EN MAS’: Carnival, Junkanoo and Performance Art of the Caribbean, Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson, will lead a discussion on the exhibition. The two will discuss the linking of performance art and street festivals with contemporary art. They will share details about the process that connected artists across many borders. Guests will be encouraged to think critically about the origins of particular elements of street festivals like carnival and Junkanoo that we often overlook, including the mask, the drum and the parade. The talk begins at 6PM and all members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, here.

April 29, 2016

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
Villa Doyle
West and West Hill Streets
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas
(242) 328-5800

Curators’ Talk
April 29, 2015


Claire Tancons

Trained as a curator and art historian, Claire Tancons practices curating as an expanded creative field and experiments with the political aesthetics of walking, marching, second lining, masquerading and parading in participatory processional performances. She has curated for established and emerging international biennials including Prospect New Orleans (2008); the Gwangju Biennale (2008); the Cape Town Biennial (2009); Biennale Bénin (2012); the Göteborg Biennial (2013); the first biennial edition of Printemps de Septembre (2016); Tout-Monde, Caribbean Contemporary Arts Festival, Miami (2018-2019), and was a guest curator for the BMW Tate Live Series at Tate Modern (2014). She is currently a curator for Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber (with Zoe Butt and Omar Kholeif), slated to open in 2019.

Since 2012, she has initiated a series of collaborations tackling different aspects of public ceremonial culture, civic rituals, carnival and processional performance including Far Festa: Nuove Feste Veneziane, about contemporary civic rituals inspired by the former Venetian Republic (with curatorial collective CAKE AWAY; IUAV University and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, summer 2013), Public Practice, about New Orleans’ processional culture (with Delaney Martin; New Orleans Airlift, Fall 2014), Tide by Side, about processional performance’s ability to provide a framework for celebrating and reflecting on community (with the opening ceremony of Faena Forum Miami Beach, 2016), and EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean (with Krista Thompson; CAC New Orleans, 2014-15 and ICI New York 2016-18).

Tancons is the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship (2008), a Prince Claus Fund Artistic Production Grant (2009), two Curatorial Research Fellowships from the Foundation for Art Initiatives (2007, 2009), an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2012), and was selected by Artsy as “One of the 20 most influential young curators in the US” in 2016.

Krista Thompson

Krista Thompson is the Weinberg College Board of Visitors Professor and Professor of Art History at Northwestern University.  She is the author of An Eye for the Tropics (2006) and Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (2015), recipient of the Charles Rufus Award for distinguished book in the history of at from the College Art Association (2016). She has published articles in Art Bulletin, Art Journal, American Art, Representations, The Drama Review, and Small Axe; curated several exhibitions, including the National Exhibition (NE3) (2006) and Developing Blackness: Studio Photographs of “Over the Hill” Nassau in the Independence Era (2008) at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; and coedited (with Claire Tancons) En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean (2015). Thompson is currently working on The Evidence of Things Not Photographed, a book that examines notions of photographic absence and disappearance in colonial and postcolonial Jamaica and Black Light, a manuscript about electronic light and its archival recovery in African American art.

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