Rivet Reading Group Session

Rivet is triggered by what emerges from artistic production, but operates in an expanded curatorial field that includes publications, translation, teaching, and exhibition-making. Developing long-term collaborations with artists, and providing a platform from which to stimulate curatorial exchange and discussion, Rivet’s current and upcoming projects are influenced by the post-subject turn in philosophy. Bringing insights and questions from current philosophy and science studies to the field of art and aesthetics, Rivet has organized a series of closed-door reading group discussions on Speculative Realism at ICI throughout Spring 2012.

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For more information about the closed-door reading group discussions, contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

March 14, 2012 - April 10, 2012


Sarah Demeuse

Sarah Demeuse is a Brooklyn based curator, translator, and writer. In 2013, She was a member of the 9th Mercosul Biennial curatorial team. In February 2011, Demeuse coordinated Mark Manders’s solo exhibition in Mexico City at Museo de Arte Carillo Gil (MACG) and Casa Barragán. A year earlier, Demeuse, together with Manuela Moscoso, co-founded Rivet, a curatorial office that investigates notions of deployment, circulation, exercise, and resonance through exhibition making, publications, events, and workshops. The primary focus for Rivet is longer-term projects in close collaboration with artists. In recent years, Rivet has developed projects in collaboration with ICI, the Goethe-Institute, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and P! in New York, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, as well as with partners in Beirut, Belgium, Norway, and Spain. Sarah Demeuse’s writing has appeared in Art Papers, Arquine, Bulletins of the Serving Library, Kunsthart, Paper Monument, Art in America, and Triple Canopy, among others. She holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from University of California Berkeley, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College.

Manuela Moscoso

Manuela Moscoso is an independent curator based in New York, originally from Quito, Ecuador. Manuela specializes in commissioning new art projects and in curating group shows, and sees collaboration as integral to her practice. In the summer of 2010, she curated Even in the Quietest Moments at Vogt Gallery, NYC which engaged some aspects of Rivet’s research. In Spain, Manuela organized Before Everything, a large-format exhibition co-curated with Aimar Arriola at CA2M (Madrid), which focused on art production in Spain over the last 20 years. In December 2001, together with Patricia Esquivias, Manuela co-founded and directed los29enchufes, a curatorial project that started as an artist-run space that now operates as a sporadic curatorial collaboration. She also co-runs JULIO (, an online curatorial project that produces screenings (2008, Alba Cinema) as well as exhibitions (2010, Centro Cultural de São Paulo). In collaboration with SMAK (Belgium), Manuela produced and directed the first curatorial residency in Madrid in 2008. Manuela is currently the Queens Museum of Art Curatorial Fellow where she is co-curating the next Queens International Biennale 2012. She is also part of the curatorial team for the projects section in ARCO 2012.  Manuela holds a Master’s Degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies in Bard College and graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London.

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