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Giving Visibility to Overlooked Histories in the Derry Journal

Posted on June 7, 2013

Derry Journal

Published on 04/06/2013 10:39

Curatorial Symposium at CCA Derry~Londonderry

“We are delighted to see such an outstanding group of participants from the region connect with their international peers and exceptional instructors in what promises to be the start of a number of long-term international conversations and collaborations,” said Aileen Burns, co-director of CCA.

“The experience has been completely overwhelming, in the best possible way,” said Belfast-based participant Eoin Dara who, along with Kim McAleese, runs Satis House gallery in Belfast.

“This Curatorial Intensive has been a great success,” Aileen Burns said, “and building on the intimate and intensive conversations about curating we were involved in this week, next year will see this dialogue opened up to a much larger audience when CCA will host the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art conference. This conference, in spring 2014, will be an unprecedented opportunity for local artists and curators to gain exposure,” the CCA co-director added.

Read the full article here.

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Africa’s Art Establishment Strives for Self-Sufficiency in the New York Times

Posted on June 13, 2013

The New York Times

Published June 11, 2013 The South African artists Meghan Judge and Conor Ralphs painting in Ambohimangakely, Madagascar, during a residency there.

“The Triangle Network, meanwhile, which is based in London, offers a structure for organizations that work on the grass-roots level in Africa. Earlier this year, it helped coordinate a workshop called ‘Curatorial Intensive’ with the Bag Factory and Independent Curators International, a nonprofit art hub based in New York.

‘For a week, they are working together, talking about what it means to curate, what ideas work in their country and hopefully creating links within this emerging profession,’ Alessio Antoniolli, director of Triangle Network, said of the participants, who came from across Africa. ‘It’s good to know that if you want to have a useful conversation with a curator, you do not need to call London. You can call your neighboring country and say, You know what I am going through because we have closer similarities or, Our funding structures are the same.’”

Read the full article here.

Istanbul’s Contemporary Art Scene in Three Parts

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Global Art and the Museum

Published in April 2013 Salt Research – image by Refik Anadol

By Fatos Ustek, Curatorial Intensive Alumna

“In what recalls a three-movement composition, London-based curator and art critic Fatos Ustek analyzes the fast booming and the paradoxes insinuating the landscape of contemporary art in Istanbul. Ustek discloses a breath-taking view on new museums, alternative or artist-run spaces, galleries, and auctions which have started to pullulate in Turkeys’ largest city within the last ten years; while at the same time offering a critical stance on this too often market-driven mushrooming of initiatives dedicated to contemporary art. Particularly poignant is the section that the author dedicates to museums or public institutions, a rather young and uprooted system, which rests upon the same paradigms established in the private sector, which eventually sum up in the saleability of a work of art. Ustek leaves the reader with an unresolved dilemma and invites to keep our eyes wide open on the future developments of Istanbul’s contemporary art scene as she wonders: ‘If Istanbul is a new model for Europe or the next New York or London does not behold an answer, right now. It will all depend on the building up on its infrastructure and strengthening its relationship with the tradition of relating to art.’ Especially the closing phrase reminds us of a recurrent risk which is shared by different cities or contexts which by means of a sudden eruption started investing and working towards the contemporary art system: The lack of a sedimented relationship to art production and exhibition could provoke a bubble which as fast and unexpected as it was created will one day eventually burst.”

Read the full essay here.

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do it videos from MU Artspace and tranzit

Posted on June 14, 2013

do it has launched.

See a video from tranzit of Jerome BelShirtology instruction by Tamara Zsófia Vadas. And a promotional video of all things do it from MU artspace.

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Pharrell Williams Wrote A Pretty Cool Wish On Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree

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Photos from the event: Alexie Glass-Kantor

Posted on June 20, 2013

Inside the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ ‘State of Mind’ exhibit by amNew York

Posted on June 21, 2013

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Inside the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ ‘State of Mind’ exhibit
By Yanan Wang

After enduring rain these past few weeks, New Yorkers longing for some West Coast-style sun need look no further than the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The museum’s new exhibition “State of Mind: California Art circa 1970” features conceptual works from artists influenced by the Golden State.  The exhibit, which opens Sunday, displays 150 works across a variety of media, including pieces by New York-based artists Martha Rosler, David Hammons and William Wegman that were created in California.

Read the rest of the article here

Dialogues in Contemporary Art: Take 5 on ARTonAIR

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Erin Gleeson on ARTonAIR.org. Originally aired on June 10, 2013.

Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson, co-curators of the Season of Cambodia Visual Art program, IN RESIDENCE, discussed the curatorial process that brought together 10 Cambodian contemporary artists, one curator, 14 New York institutions, and numerous international scholars, critics, and curators for two months of residencies and public programs. IN RESIDENCE opened up a significantly visible dialogue around contemporary art practice in Cambodia to New York City audiences.

These programs are produced in partnership with the radio station of the Clocktower Gallery, operating at ARTonAIR.org.

New York Times is “Looking Back At California”

Posted on June 22, 2013

Read the New York Times talk about State of Mind here.

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Socrates Sculpture Park Collaborates with NYC High School

Posted on June 24, 2013

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The Failure of a Project: Gezi Park and more

Posted on June 25, 2013

By Vasif Kortun, Director of Research and Programs at SALT Galata, Istanbul, with an introduction by Corinne Erni, Project Manager, IDEAS CITY

Last October, when the New Museum organized the first international IDEAS CITY Conference in Istanbul, the city’s immense beauty, cultural and historical significance, as well as its hyper-ambitious urban transformation was palpable to the international attendees. However, the young practitioners—artists, architects, urban planners, journalists, and sociologists—participating in the panels and workshops told a different tale of their city: Istanbul was presented as a deeply fragmented city where decisions about public spaces were made without involving experts in building cities or civic organizations. As one panelist, Yaşar Adnan Adanalı, put it on Six Degrees last year, “The scale of urban transformation in Istanbul could only be paralleled by similar madness, such as proposing to build a new city right on Central Park.”

What seemed apparent to us at the time was a sense of an almost fatalistic acceptance of top-down authority. On the Sunday that our workshops took place at SALT Galata, the demonstrations in Taksim Square were sparsely populated and hardly noticeable. We also heard about the impossibility of the different ethnic, religious, and social groups coming together for a mutual cause. In light of the events at Taksim Square in recent weeks, however, it now seems that for a microscopic moment in history these groups have unified to express their frustration and dissatisfaction with an autocratic government. What began in May as a protest by environmentalists upset over the government’s plans to build on a park adjoining Taksim Square quickly grew into a movement against the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The following essay, detailing the Square’s architectural history and the Justice and Development Party’s plans for Gezi Park, comes from Vasif Kortun, Director of Research and Programs at SALT Galata, a cultural and research center in the heart of Istanbul. Read the full essay here.

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Photos from the ICI/Burberry/W Magazine Launch Party for do it

Posted on June 27, 2013

Wish Tree

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