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Alison Green / When Artists Curate

  • Spoonbill Studio 99 Montrose Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States (map)

Join Spoonbill Studio [99 Montrose, Brooklyn NY] for an event with art historian, critic, and curator Alison Green talking about her book When Artists Curate, with Barry Schwabsky (poet, art critic) and Shaw Osha (visual artist, curator).

About the book:

An increasing proportion of exhibitions are curated by artists rather than professional curators. In this ground-breaking book Alison Green provides the first critical history of visual artists curating exhibitions. The artist emerges as someone who carries a special responsibility for critiquing art’s institutions, brings considerable creativity to the craft of making exhibitions and, through experimentation, has changed the way exhibitions are understood to be authored and experienced. But the book also establishes a curious ubiquity to the artist-curated exhibition. Rather than being exceptional or rare, artists curate all the time and in all kinds of places: in galleries and in museums, in studios, in borrowed spaces such as shopfronts or industrial buildings, in front rooms and front windows, in zoos or concert halls, on streets and in nature. Seen from the perspective of artists, showing is a part of making art. Once this idea is understood, the history of art starts to look very different. 

With extensive explorations of well-known artists such as Daniel Buren, Goshka Macuga, Thomas Hirschhorn, Rosemarie Trockel, Hito Steyerl, Andy Warhol and Félix González-Torres, this book will change the way readers think about and look at exhibitions.

About the participants:

Alison Green is an art historian, critic and curator who teaches at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She is part of a network that organized three symposia on current curatorial practice at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France, most recently, Curating After the Global: Roadmaps for the Present. Her scholarly writing includes essays on art of the 1960s, with essays on Carolee Schneemann, Myron Stout, Michael Fried’s art criticism and the exhibition ‘When Attitudes Become Form’. When Artists Curate is her first book. 

Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. His recent books include Heretics of Language (Black Square Editions, 2018), The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (Verso, 2016), and a collection of poetry, Trembling Hand Equilibrium (Black Square Editions, 2015).

Shaw Osha is a visual artist in painting and related practices who works between New York and Seattle and has curated several exhibitions. Curatorial projects include Atlas of Gifted Ideas at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; The rug pulled out from underneath; you lie on the floor at the Hedreen Gallery, Seattle; The Momentum of Beauty at SOIL, Seattle; and Sensations that Announce the Future at the Evergreen Gallery, Olympia, WA. She teaches at the Evergreen State College in the Pacific Northwest.