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Thinking Contemporary Curating: Book Launch & Reading with Terry Smith


Book Launch & Reading with Terry Smith
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
7–9pm

New York University
Department of Art History
300 Silver Center, 3rd floor
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003

ICI is pleased to launch the publication, Thinking Contemporary Curating by Terry Smith. Smith will give a short presentation and introduction to the book, followed by questions and a book signing. Thinking Contemporary Curating is the first publication to comprehensively explore what is distinctive about contemporary curating and sheds light on many issues and ideas that influence curators now.

This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Thinking Contemporary Curating is the first in a new series titled Perspectives in Curating developed by ICI to provide sustained analysis on topics that are pressing for curators now.

September 18, 2012

Department of Art History
300 Silver Center, 3rd floor
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003

presenter

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. http://www.terryesmith.net/web/


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