Talking Contemporary Curating: Book Launch

Talking Contemporary Curating: Book Launch
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

110 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
FREE and open to the public

On October 6, Terry Smith launches his second publication, Talking Contemporary Curating, as part of ICI’s series Perspectives in Curating. For this program, Terry Smith will be speaking with Kate Fowle (Chief Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Director-at-Large, ICI) and Jens Hoffmann (Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs, The Jewish Museum). The conversation will be moderated by Leigh Markopoulos (Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts).

About Talking Contemporary Curating
The dozen searching conversations conducted by art historian Terry Smith in Talking Contemporary Curating––with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Claire Bishop, Zdenka Badovinac, Mami Kataoka, Mari Carmen Ramírez, Okwui Enwezor, Germano Celant, Jens Hoffmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Maria Lind, Zoe Butt, and Boris Groys––provide a vivid sense of contemporary curatorial discourse at work. Read together, they present a fascinating picture of how curating can contribute toward a broader understanding of our contemporary world.

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Preorder the book here.

October 6, 2015

110 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010


Terry Smith

Terry Smith, FAHA, CIHA, is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2010 he was named the Australia Council Visual Arts Laureate, and won the Mather Award for art criticism conferred by the College Art Association (USA). During 2001-2002 he was a Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, in 2007-8 the GlaxoSmithKlein Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Research Centre, Raleigh-Durham, and in 2014 Clark Fellow at the Clark Institute, Williamstown. From 1994-2001 he was Power Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Power Institute, Foundation for Art and Visual Culture, University of Sydney. In the 1970s he was a member of the Art & Language group (New York) and a founder of Union Media Services (Sydney). He is the author of a number of books, notably Making the Modern: Industry, Art and Design in America (University of Chicago Press, 1993); Transformations in Australian Art (Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002); The Architecture of Aftermath (University of Chicago Press, 2006), What is Contemporary Art? (University of Chicago Press, 2009), Contemporary Art: World Currents (Laurence King and Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2011), and Thinking Contemporary Curating (Independent Curators International, New York, 2012). He is editor of many others including Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, postmodernity and contemporaneity (with Nancy Condee and Okwui Enwezor, Duke University Press, 2008). A foundation Board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, he is currently a Board member of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle is Director of MoMA PS1 in New York. From 2013-2019 she was the inaugural Chief Curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York, where she was the Executive Director from 2009-13. Prior to this she was the international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08). In 2002 she co-founded the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice for California College of the Arts in San Francisco, for which she was the Chair until 2007. Before moving to the United States, Fowle was co-director of Smith + Fowle in London from 1996-2002. From 1994-96 she was curator at the Towner Art Gallery and Museum in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann is Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs, at The Jewish Museum. Formerly, he was Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco from 2007-2012. He was previously Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London from 2003 to 2007. Hoffmann was an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, a guest professor at the Nuova Accademia de Belle Arti, Milan, and a faculty member at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has organized more than 50 shows internationally including the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011) and the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012).

Leigh Markopoulos

Leigh Markopoulos (1968-2017) was a writer, editor, curator, arts manager, the Director of the Steven Leiber Trust, a significant collection of artist’s books, ephemera, and works, and the chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco since 2008. Markopoulos came to San Francisco from London in 2002 to become deputy director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, working closely with Director Ralph Rugoff. From 2005 to 2008 she was the director of Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco. In London, Markopoulos was exhibition organizer at the Serpentine Gallery and at the Hayward Gallery, where she worked on numerous projects by artists including Richard Artschwager, Dan Flavin, Brice Marden, Hans Haacke and Bridget Riley, with whom she continued to maintain a close relationship. She was a Trustee of Creative Growth in Oakland, an art center serving artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. She also was a Trustee of ULAY Foundation, established to promote and preserve the work of the artist Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen). Markopoulos worked on numerous editorial projects, and edited Great Expectations: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education (Banff International Curatorial Institute, Banff, in partnership with CCA and Koenig Books, 2016); Rashid Johnson: Within Our Gates (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2016); and Talking Contemporary Curating by Terry Smith (ICI, New York, 2015). She was about to complete an anthology of the writings of Zdenka Badovinac, curator and Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, for ICI’s Perspectives in Curating series. 

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