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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, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, National Institute for Experimental Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. In 2010 he was named Australia Council Visual Arts Laureate by the Australian Government, and won the Mather Award for art criticism conferred by the College Art Association (USA). He is the author of Making the Modern: Industry, Art and Design in America (University of Chicago Press, 1993; inaugural Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Book Prize 2009); Transformations in Australian Art, volume 1, The Nineteenth Century: Landscape, Colony and Nation, and volume 2, The Twentieth Century: Modernism and Aboriginality (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, 2012).

"The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models" was presented by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum on March 10, 2011 - March 13, 2011.

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A lecture by art critic and curator Weng Choy Lee looking at biennials, analyzing these mega-shows, and evaluating this exhibition format, particularly with regard to Asia. A skeptic of the power of generalization and overarching theories, Lee discusses a potentially globalized (loaded skepticism placed on this word) art world in Asia and Singapore. This event was produced by Independent Curators International and was held at the New Museum in New York on December 12, 2010. (59 minutes)



In Independent Curators International (ICI)'s second curatorial talk series at the New Museum, independent curator Bisi Silva joins ICI Executive Director Kate Fowle for The Curator's Perspective: A Conversation with Bisi Silva. Silva is the founder and director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos). Silva discusses the mission and history of the Centre, which opened in December 2007, also recounting her career as a curator and the guiding principles by which she has operated, ones she continues at CCA, Lagos. Silva speaks to the various political, social, cultural and artistic notions that CCA, Lagos' exhibitions have undertaken and dissected, and offers an overview of its numerous programs and workshops. She concludes with a discussion of the work of photographer Zanele Muholi and multimedia artists Safa Erraus, Mary Sibande and Bright Eke.



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