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People’s Biennial 2014

Posted on September 2, 2014

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will present People’s Biennial from September 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015. The exhibition follows the ICI tour of People’s Biennial 2010, curated by Jens Hoffman and Harrell Fletcher, which drew attention to artistic practices in five diverse non-art center geographical regions in the United States. People’s Biennial 2014 will once again highlight artists that work largely outside of the mainstream art market.

About the upcoming exhibition, the museum writes:

“For the second iteration of this ongoing exhibition series, the curators have asked 17 artists from a wide range of geographical locations around the United States to collaborate with creative individuals they personally know who are not part of the art world in any way. These solo presentations will each be displayed in free-standing structures within the refurbished Woodward Gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.”

Participating artist collaborations include Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla and Robert Rabin, Carson Ellis and Hank Meloy, Dara Friedman and Ishmael Golden Eagle, Wendy Ewald and Denise Dixon, Lee Walton & Harriet Hoover and Mr. Coopers, Colter Jacobsen and Lance Rivers, Liz Magic Laser and Wendy Osserman, Sharon Lockhart and Fearless Fred, Cary Loren and Jimbo Easter, Rick Lowe and Jonathan the Plant Man, Ken Lum and Orkan Telhan, Jeffry Mitchell and Vic Oblas, Scott Reeder and Xav Leplae, Alec Soth and George Wurtzel, Hank Willis Thomas and Baz Dreisinger, Transformazium and James Kidd, and Steven Yazzie and Jonathan Bond.

For more information, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s website, here.

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Listening Party with Stephen Vitiello and Steve Peters at the Henry Art Gallery

Posted on September 3, 2014

On Saturday, September 6th, 2014, audiences can join the Henry Art Gallery for a listening party as part of the gallery’s presentation of With Hidden Noise. The event is hosted by With Hidden Noise artists Stephen Vitiello and Steve Peters, and will take place at North 3, Stroum Gallery from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  The listening event will be followed by refreshments and conversation with Peters and Vitiello in the Henry’s sculpture court.

This program is a collaboration between the Henry Art Gallery and the Office of Arts & Culture, which has commissioned Vitiello to create a permanent sound-based work for the new Waterfront Seattle. The event is free for members or with general museum admission.

For more information, visit the Henry Art Gallery’s website, here.

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Time Out London Interviews EN MAS’ artist Hew Locke

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In a recent interview with Time Out LondonEN MAS’ participating artist Hew Locke talked about his performance Give and Take, part of Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival at TATE Modern. Up Hill Down Hall was organized by EN MAS’ curator Claire Tancons, and Give and Take will be one of the key artworks featured in the touring exhibition co-produced by ICI and CAC, New Orleans. About the performance, Locke says:

“I’m not making Carnival, I’m making a piece of art. This is about trying to get to an essence of Carnival. So, while there might not be colossal costumes parading down the Turbine Hall, it will be a participatory event in the same way that Notting Hill Carnival is a participatory event. I’d like as many people to be there as possible. You need to be on the ground participating with this stuff because that’s how Carnival works. It should be enjoyable but then it will be a bit edgy as well because that’s how Carnival always has been. Wherever you go in the world, Carnival always comes out of some sort of tension.”

To read the full article from Time Out London, click here.

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Beijing Intensive Cancelled

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, ICI’s Curatorial Intensive with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing has been cancelled.

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Beijing Update

Posted on September 4, 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances, ICI’s Curatorial Intensive with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing has been cancelled.

In 2012, the first Curatorial Intensive in China was developed in collaboration with the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA). This brought together 14 participants from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Romania, Turkey, and the U.S. to explore the potential of new institutional structures for art, resulting in a number of new collaborations in the region. The Intensive this Fall was to be the fifth since 2010 that ICI has developed in partnership with institutions across Asia, including the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and two programs with the Mohile Parikh Center (MPC) in Mumbai. From ICI’s past programs, nine curators from China are alumni and integral to ICI’s Curatorial Network.

We appreciate the interest from curators all over the world regarding this most recent program in Beijing and look forward to announcing a Curatorial Intensive in Asia again soon.

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Interview with Tommaso Speretta

Posted on September 8, 2014

032C magazine interviews Tommaso Speretta (July 29, 2014)

Silence = Death: Remembering New York’s Public Art of AIDS Activism


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Photos from the Event: Pablo José Ramírez

Posted on September 9, 2014

Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook in BOMB

Posted on September 10, 2014

“This book is a demonstration of Ruppersberg’s process laid bare: a study of the tipping point between reference material and artwork. The choices made. And what is America about but choice. Perhaps, as Ginsberg puts it ‘A tragic custard-pie of wild phrasing’”.

Download the full pdf here.

Renaud Proch’s IN/SITU Artist Selection in ArtInfo

Posted on September 11, 2014

Scott Indrisek of ArtInfo covers Renaud Proch’s artist selection for IN/SITU.

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Gallerist Announces EXPO Special Section Curators

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Gallerist announces Renaud Proch as curator for EXPO CHICAGO’s 2014 IN/SITU section.

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Photos from the Event: Valerie Cassel Oliver

do it featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted on September 15, 2014

Students at the opening of do it at The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, 2014.

Samantha Melamed for The Inquirer wrote an in depth review about the recent opening of do it at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. In the article, Curator Kaytie Johnson speaks about the exhibition saying:

“It connects the local to the global. Most of the venues that have presented ‘do it’ have had local artists and individuals interpret the instructions, but the artists in the compendium are from all over the world. There’s a connection there; to me, that’s the most important thing.”


The article continues, giving detailed descriptions of enactments like ‘180-pound pile of Peanut Chews’ (Felix Gonzalez-Torres), a ‘formula for making a backpack out of tights’ (Marie-Ange Guillemot), and Philadelphia artist and choreographer Helen Hale’s performance of Shirtology (Jérôme Bel), and also connects the exhibition to an upcoming version that will be enacted by teachers and students at the nearby Episcopal Academy in early 2015.

To read the full article, please click here.

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Renaud Proch Interview in The Seen

Posted on September 16, 2014

Stephanie Cristello of Chicago’s The Seen interviews ICI’s Renaud Proch. Read Part 1 here

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IN/SITU covered in artnet news

Posted on September 17, 2014

“Expo Chicago Breathes New Life into the Windy City Art Scene,” Eileen Kinsella covers IN/SITU for artnet news here.

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Art Daily Features do it at Moore College of Art & Design

Posted on September 18, 2014

Art Daily recently featured do it at The Galleries At Moore College of Art & Design, the first-ever presentation of the exhibition in Philadelphia, PA. Over 70 of the 250 published artist instructions are included in the Philadelphia iteration of do it, and have been enacted by local artists, performers, students, and the general public.

“For example, the Michelangelo Pistoletto instruction “Sculpture for Strolling” has been interpreted by students in Moore’s Summer Art & Design Institute and Young Artists Workshop programs. The giant newspaper ball they constructed was taken out for a stroll near the Swann Foundation in Logan Square on August 8, 2014. Similarly, an instruction by Fischli & Weiss was interpreted vis-à-vis the PECO Crown Lights on September 13 – 15, 2014 to promote the exhibition.”

Within the article, the Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator Kaytie Johnson is quoted:

“Staging do it creates new opportunities for involvement by – and with – local communities. The generative and democratic nature of the project enables The Galleries to continue exploring ways to broaden access and participation in contemporary art, which is central to our mission. I think the public will enjoy the DIY sensibility of the show, especially since it demystifies the presence and importance of original artwork. We’re thrilled to be the first venue in Philadelphia to invite the public to ‘do it.’”

To read the full article, visit the Art Daily website, here.

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Posted on September 19, 2014

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Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival featured in ARC

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Varala Maraj for Arc Magazine recently reviewed Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival curated by Claire Tancons at Tate Modern. The article gives detailed descriptions of performance pieces by Marlon Griffith (No Black in the Union Jack) and Hew Locke (Give and Take) as well the architectural installation by Gia Wolff (The Canopy) and a flutter of falling paper messages conceived of and released by students at Central Saint Martins (The Sky is Dancing). About the exhibition, curator Claire Tancons says:

‘It’s really an unprecedented opportunity to be able to feature the work of artists of Caribbean descent and otherwise who have been looking to Carnival as an artistic medium and form of public address.’

The article goes on to challenge the multiple definitions of Carnival, and question the museum as a relevant setting for the event:

But does this art form belong in the museum, or only in its place of origin- the streets? As someone who has lived both in the Caribbean and UK, Locke offers some insight: ‘The environment outside here is not like in the streets of Jamaica, Trinidad or anywhere in the West Indies, where you’ve got something to work against. Here, people don’t really care. Whereas, within Tate Modern, you can say something. So this piece is designed specifically for here. It won’t work outside in the street’. This is evidence to support that Carnival is designed by cities for cities, by the people for the people.

To read the full article, visit Arc’s website, here.

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“Palpable Momentum” at EXPO coverage in Art F City

Posted on September 22, 2014

Robin Dluzin covers changes to this year’s EXPO CHICAGO for Art F City here.

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Scott Indrisek’s Highlights from the fair

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Highlights from ArtInfo’s Scott Indrisek of 2014’s EXPO CHICAGO including a mention of ICI and the IN/SITU program. Indrisek compliments the fair’s “astute eye” here.

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“15 Rising Curators Nominated for ICI Award” announced in artnet News

Posted on September 24, 2014

“Next time an art world outsider asks you, by way of small talk, who the hot young curators of the day are, all you need to do is recite this list,” Benjamin Sutton covers Independent Vision Curatorial Award nominee announcement for artnet news here.