TCC: Terry Smith in Conversation with Julian Myers

Saturday, February 16, 2013
College Art Association 101st Annual Conference
Sutton Parlor North, 2nd Floor

Hilton New York
1335 Avenue Of The Americas
New York, NY 10019
FREE and open to the public

What is Contemporary Curatorial Thought?

As part of the Thinking Contemporary Curating international book tour, Terry Smith and Julian Myers will speak at the College Art Association’s 101st Annual Conference. In a series of recent publications, Terry Smith has attempted to profile some prominent perspectives in contemporary art, art criticism, and art history, while at the same time seeking to intervene within them.  His new book, Thinking Contemporary Curating (New York: Independent Curators International, 2012) poses the question “What is contemporary curatorial thought?”  He distinguishes the (usually unstated, rarely systematized) constituents of contemporary curatorial discourse by comparing them to the (frequently stated, usually contested) concerns of certain art theorists and critics, and to the practices that make up the nascent, burgeoning field of contemporary art history.  This conversation with art historian and curatorial educator Julian Myers will explore the picture of contemporary curating that emerges from this approach, and from other, recent efforts to theorize and historicize curatorial practice.

Thinking Contemporary Curating is the first book to offer an in-depth analysis of the volatile territory of international curatorial practice and the thinking—or insight—that underpins it. In five essays, renowned art historian and critic Terry Smith describes how today curators take on roles far beyond exhibition making, to include reimagining museums; writing the history of curating; creating discursive platforms and undertaking social or political activism, as well as rethinking spectatorship.

CAA’s 101st Annual Conference will take place February 13–16, 2013, at the Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan. Join over 6,000 artists, art historians, students, educators, critics, curators, collectors, librarians, and gallerists for four days of presentations and panel discussions exploring the study, practice, and history of art and visual culture. The conference program boasts more than 200 sessions, a variety of career-development workshops for professionals at all stages of their careers, mentoring and networking opportunities, and prospects for interviews with colleges, universities, and museums.

All 1.5-hour sessions at CAA are free and open to the public. More information on the conference here.

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February 16, 2013


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.

J. Myers-Szupinska

J. Myers-Szupinska is an art historian and editor based in Los Angeles. An influential scholar of contemporary art, space and exhibitions, Myers was founding faculty in the Curatorial Practice program at California College of the Arts, was senior editor for The Exhibitionist, a journal on exhibition making, and is part of the critical and curatorial collaboration grupa o.k. Myers’ essays have appeared in Afterall, Artforum, Fillip, Frieze, October, Tate Papers, as well as numerous exhibition catalogues. Recent publications include Hopelessness Freezes Time (2012), Sterling Ruby: Soft Work (2014), “After the Production of Space” (Critical Landscapes, 2015), and “Exhibitions as Apparatus,” (The Exhibitionist: The First Six Years, 2017). Initiated as a surprisingly popular Tumblr site in 2011, grupa o.k. has since produced projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland. Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, will publish grupa o.k.‘s image history of stages, titled Stagelessness, in 2019.

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