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TCC: Terry Smith in Conversation with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev


Terry Smith in Conversation with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Sunday, October 14, 2012
3–4:30pm

The New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

This is the second in a series of conversations with Terry Smith and prominent curators, during which they will discuss his new publication, Thinking Contemporary Curating and other relevant topics in curating today. Smith speaks with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012.

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.

October 14, 2012

235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

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/


Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Curator, author and researcher into the politics of aesthetics and artistic practices, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), which took place in Kassel, Germany, from June 9 – September 16, 2012. Previously, she was Chief Curator at the Castello di Rivoli Museum for Contemporary Art from 2002–08, and interim director for 2009. She was Senior Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center – a MoMA affiliate, New York, from 1999–2001. Her publications include William Kentridge (Bruxelles, 1998), Arte Povera (London, 1999), and the 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series (Kassel, 2011–2012). Her exhibitions include The Moderns, Turin (2003), Faces in the Crowd, London and Turin (2004), the first edition of the Turin Triennale (2005), and in 2007–08 she was Artistic Director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney: Revolutions - Forms That Turn (2008).


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