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Gregory Galligan: Thai Art Archives


An Evening with the Thai Art Archives, Bangkok / New York
Thursday, February 28, 2013
6:30–8pm

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Join us at ICI for an evening with Gregory Galligan, Ph.D., Director/Founder of the THAI ART ARCHIVES, Bangkok, who will present the TAA’s founding story, recent development, and future projects.

TAA (f. 2010) is Thailand’s first independent archives to focus on recovering, studying, documenting, and exhibiting to the public the valuable ephemera—including official and personal documents, sketches, notebooks, diaries, photography, and printed matter—of Thailand’s modern and contemporary masters. Now entering its third year at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, the TAA continues to raise public awareness of the historical significance of Thailand’s modern and contemporary artistic heritage with a dynamic program of public and educational events, ‘micro’ exhibitions, cataloguing of special projects, and international collaborations. In October 2012, TAA and ICI forged a new, exciting relationship in agreeing to partner on special projects and programs periodically in New York and Bangkok beginning in 2013.

Galligan is currently in New York to open his exhibition THRESHOLDS: Contemporary Thai Art, at Sundaram Tagore Gallery (February 28–April 6), which brings together six ‘case studies’ as a means to present to a New York audience some of the most progressive work being done by some of the most accomplished Thai artists of the current moment. He will speak on the events leading up to the founding of the TAA, its non-profit mission, attendant challenges and successes, institutional development, curatorial vision, special projects and exhibitions, and outlook for the future.


This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with THAI ART ARCHIVES in the subject field. For more information, please contact ICI’s Public Programs & Research Coordinator Misa Jeffereis at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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February 28, 2013

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Gregory Galligan

Gregory Galligan, Director of the Thai Art Archives, Bangkok, is an art historian, independent curator, and writer/editor. Formerly based in New York for nearly three decades (1982–2010), Galligan has published widely as an art critic and art historian in popular and peer-reviewed journals, including ArtAsiaPacific, Art in America, Arts Magazine, Art International, and The Art Bulletin. From 2004-06 Galligan directed a team of seven museum professionals for the Henry Luce Foundation’s Morgan Russell Archives & Collection Enhancement Project, at the Montclair Art Museum (NJ), where he also curated two exhibitions on the art of Morgan Russell (1886–1953) before completing his PhD at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and taking up a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to Thailand in 2010. Galligan is currently curator for THRESHOLDS: Contemporary Thai Art (Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, February 28–April 6, 2013), and co-curator, with Gridthiya Gaweewong, of [Montien Boonma]: Unbuilt/Rare Works, a Thai Art Archives/Jim Thompson Art Center collaboration (Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, April 11, 2013–TBD). While directing the TAA and guest-lecturing in Museum and Curatorial Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Galligan is writing a book on the progressive and alternative art world of Thailand from the mid-1980s to the present.


Thai Art Archives

Thai Art Archives (f. 2010, Bangkok-New York) is Thailand’s first and only independent archives to focus on recovering, studying, documenting, preserving, and exhibiting the valuable ephemera—official and personal documents, sketchbooks, notebooks, diaries, photographs, and printed matter, among other items—of Thailand’s modern and contemporary artists. Now entering its third year in a special projects platform at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, the TAA raises public awareness of the historical significance of Thailand’s progressive, avant garde heritage through a dynamic program of public and educational events, ‘micro’ exhibitions, cataloging of special projects, scholar and student residencies, and international collaborations.


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