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Posted on October 3, 2017

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ICI / Joyce Foundation Research Fellowship

Posted on October 4, 2017


ICI is seeking applicants for the inaugural ICI / Joyce Foundation Research Fellowship for early-to-mid-career curators.

For application details, please click HERE.

Artnews on Agnes Gund Curatorial Award Recipient Jochen Volz

Posted on October 5, 2017

Jochen Volz Receives ICI’s 2017 Agnes Gund Curatorial Award
BY Maximilíano Durón. 08/29/17 4:37 PM

The New York–based arts organization Independent Curators International has named Jochen Volz the recipient of its 2017 Agnes Gund Curatorial Award. The award, which is often referred to as the “Aggie,” is given biannually “to an established curator for their outstanding contribution to the world of art,” according to the organization.

Volz is a German-born curator who has worked extensively in Brazil over the past decade and a half. He was recently named general director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, one of the country’s most important art museums, which houses an expansive collection of Brazilian art, from 19th-century to modernist works. He served as curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale and previously worked as head of programming at the Serpentine Galleries in London, and in various positions, including artistic director, at Bernardo Paz’s Instituto Inhotim in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and as a curator at Portikus in Frankfurt.

“The things that drew us very closely to Jochen is the way artists occupy a central role in his thinking process,” ICI’s director, Renaud Proch, told ARTnews. Volz first worked with ICI in 2012, on one of its curatorial intensives in Brazil, and he recently gave a talk with the organization in which he discussed various exhibitions he has curated, including the 2016 Bienal de São Paulo. “A lot of his projects that he described began with conversations with artists and a desire to make one specific thing happen that then grew into a larger project,” Proch said.

Asked about his new job, Volz said, “Inhotim is, in a way, the opposite of Pinacoteca; it’s a very Brazilian museum of international art, while the Pinacoteca is a very global museum of Brazilian art. I’m looking at how you create dialogues around international artistic practices without losing a very specific local component and context.”

“The role of the curator,” Proch added, “is one that fosters arts community, supports artists in their work and practice, builds infrastructure for the production and presentation of artworks, and connects artists and artworks with their communities. These reflect ICI’s mission and core values and Jochen resonates with that.”

The award will be presented on October 25 at ICI’s annual benefit, in conjunction with the presentation of the group’s 2017 Leo Award, which is going to collector Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.


Artnews on Leo Award Recipient Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

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Independent Curators International’s 2017 Leo Award Will Go to Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
BY Maximilíano Durón. 04/28/17 11:39 AM

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the arts patron and an ARTnews Top 200 collector, will receive the 2017 Leo Award, given annually by Independent Curators International, the arts organization founded in 1975 to support curatorial endeavors. The award will be presented at ICI’s annual benefit in New York on October 25.

Cisneros is a formidable force in the collecting and supporting of Latin American art, a large chunk of which she has given to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, most notably with a 102-work donation last October. Her collection, which leans heavily toward geometric abstraction produced between the 1940s and 1990s, also includes 19th-century traveler artists to Latin America, Amazonian ethnographic objects, colonial art and objects from Latin America, and contemporary art.

The collection, officially known as the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC), has been the subject of 14 different exhibitions, which have traveled to nine countries. Her foundation also supports scholarly research in the field of Latin American art, including a partnership with ICI that gives a travel grant to an international curator to study in Central America and the Caribbean.

“By honoring Patty with the Leo Award, we acknowledge a vision—international in scope, supportive of artists and curators, and focused on education—which in so many ways echo ICI’s core values,” ICI executive director Renaud Proch told ARTnews in an email. “Through CPPC, she has fostered ambitious new scholarship and research into the history of art, particularly in Latin America; and we have been thrilled to directly collaborate with CPPC in this area since 2012.”

Part of her collection will also be the subject of a major exhibition presented by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Research Institute as part of the hotly anticipated upcoming edition of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, which looks at the Latin American and Latinx art and its relationship to Los Angeles. The exhibition, titled “Making Art Concrete,” opens this September, and will present the findings of the two institutes’ comprehensive archival research and scientific analysis of Concrete art produced in Argentina and Brazil in the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibition will highlight the artistic production of such luminaries as Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticia and Willys de Castro, and is quickly becoming one of the must-see shows of PST: LA/LA’s 70-plus exhibition initiative.

The Leo Award, named after legendary dealer (and early ICI supporter) Leo Castelli, is awarded annually, and in past years has been given to luminaries such as LACMA director Michael Govan, fashion designer and ARTnews Top 200 collector Miuccia Prada, and dealer Marian Goodman, who won the prize last year.

“The art world has become increasingly global over the last decades, and ICI has had a key role in providing intellectual heft and sophistication to this process,” Cisneros said in a statement. “I am especially pleased to see their ongoing commitment to art and artists from the Caribbean and Central and South America.”


ICI’s 2017 Access Fund: do it (in school)

Posted on October 10, 2017


In 2018, ICI and Studio in a School will team up to create a new approach to art education: a curriculum for New York City’s public high schools based entirely on do it – the ongoing ICI exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist – resulting in an exhibition at the art galleries of Hunter College.

do it was pioneered 25 years ago, and consists of artists’ “do-it-yourself” instructions, which are realized anew every time the exhibition comes to life. This new version of the exhibition, do it (in school), will connect students to the ideas and processes of living artists from around the world, including John Baldessari, Jimmie Durham, Joan Jonas, Cildo Meireles, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, among many others.

In Fall 2018, the do it-based curriculum will be implemented in four public high schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, in neighborhoods with limited exposure to contemporary art. 300 students will learn about internationally recognized contemporary artists; the history of do it, conceptual art and art-by-instructions; and they will determine which instructions to realize – and how.

In Spring 2019, the artworks created by the students will be exhibited at Hunter College’s East Harlem Gallery — giving them direct access to this higher learning academic environment. Alongside the students’ interpretations of the instructions, the exhibition will feature documentation of their process, a selection of additional do it instructions for visitors to realize themselves, and the ICI do it (archive) which chronicles realizations of the 25-year project in art spaces and museums around the world.

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Axis Mundo Public Programs in Los Angeles

 Axis Mundo Public Programs in Los Angeles

Posted on October 13, 2017

Posted on October 12, 2017


Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.
MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood
September 9-December 31, 2017


Friday, September 8, 7–9pm
MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood
FREE for MOCA members; no reservations necessary

A Feminist Icon of LA Punk Shares Her Hard-Earned Wisdom as a part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles
Friday, October 6, 2017, 7pm
MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Purchase tickets here.

For Alice Bag, punk was always more than just music – it’s a way of life. Born in East Los Angeles to immigrant Mexican parents, Bag first embraced music’s riotous energy when she founded the Bags with Patricia Morrison in 1977. The band only lasted four years but made an indelible mark on the burgeoning LA punk scene, thanks in no small part to how the young singer transformed the blunt trauma of her daily life into onstage energy. Bag continued to upend the expectations of what a woman could do in music throughout the ’80s, all while going to college and beginning a new career as a teacher. This quiet reinvention ultimately took Bag away from music, though she kept sharing insights and lessons online and in her memoir, Violence Girl. In 2016, nearly four decades after she first became a singer, Alice Bag released her self-titled debut solo album.

In this public conversation at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles, presented in partnership with the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries and the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., Bag will share some of her hard-earned wisdom and explain just how she keeps her punk spirit alive.

Origin Stories: A workshop by Nicole Rademacher and Jerri Allyn

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1-3pm
MOCA Pacific Design Center & West Hollywood Library Community Room
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Admission is free. RSVP here.

Meet at 1pm at MOCA Pacific Design Center for a walkthrough of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. with Rademacher and Allyn. Workshop to be presented following the tour at the West Hollywood Library Community Room located just across the street.
In this workshop led by artists Nicole Rademacher and Jerri Allyn, participants will together record their unique histories and shared experiences through the production of a communal deck of divination cards. The event will begin with a short walkthrough of Axis Mundo, where documentation of Allyn’s Laughing Souls/Espíritus Sonrientes (1979) is presented and numerous intersecting histories and identities are explored, including those of Pachuca/os, punk rockers, suburbanites, immigrants, risk-takers, manipulators, las locas, maricóns, malfloras, activists, Bon Bons, and other drag personas. The show may provide ideas for participants to collaboratively create their own real or imagined “origin stories” through the production of divination cards (like Tarot). Part of an ongoing project by Rademacher, the resulting card deck will reflect remembered and imagined pasts, as well as stories that have been passed down in their families, stories that have been whispered from one to another, and imagined futures.

This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit weho.org/arts or follow @WeHoArts.

Panelists: Julia Bryan-Wilson, Richard T. Rodríguez, C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz
Sunday, October 22, 3pm
City of West Hollywood Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
INFO at one.usc.edu
FREE; no reservations necessary

Held on occasion of the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., this roundtable discussion will consider recovering queer Chicana/o histories and artist’s archives. Participants will discuss how the exhibition seeks to map news directions for research and scholarship while sharing some surprising finds and unexpected connections uncovered during the process of organizing Axis Mundo. Panel participants include C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz, the co-curators on Axis Mundo; Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at UC Berkeley; and Richard T. Rodríguez, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside.

This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit weho.org/arts or follow @WeHoArts.

Sunday, October 29, 4-7pm
ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
INFO at one.usc.edu

One of the foremost avant-garde composers of her generation, Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016) expanded our understanding and perception of sound. In her groundbreaking career, Oliveros consistently experimented with new musical forms, emphasizing the potential of non-hierarchal musical practices and collaboration. An influential figure in Southern California’s artistic communities during the 1970s, Oliveros’s work was inspired by and deeply committed to the women’s movement. ONE Archives, in collaboration with author, playwright/director, and poet IONE and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), will present an open set of performances, meditations, Deep Listening, screenings, and discussions in tribute to Oliveros’s extensive work in experimental and electronic music. Featuring performances across multiple spaces; archival film and video screenings; and discussions about Oliveros’s musical work, 1970s Southern California, and Latinx musical history, this immersive event will offer exciting new ways to explore Oliveros’s landmark contributions to music. The event’s title, “Beethoven Was a Lesbian,” comes from a 1974 collaboration between Oliveros and Alison Knowles that addressed women’s outsider status in the music world.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries in conjunction with their exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Joey Terrill Walkthrough of Axis Mundo

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3pm
MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Admission is free.

Join artist Joey Terrill for a walkthrough of the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. at MOCA Pacific Design Center. A central figure in the artist networks profiled in Axis Mundo, beginning in the 1970s Terrill worked across a wide-range of mediums, including screen printing, mail art, comic books, T-shirts, and painting, to visualize queer Chicano aesthetics and politics. Terrill will discuss his work as well as the work of close peers and collaborators in the exhibition.

This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit weho.org/arts or follow @WeHoArts.

Sunday, November 19, 3pm
West Hollywood Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
INFO 213/621-1741 or visitorservices@moca.org
FREE; priority entry for MOCA members

Simon Doonan is a celebrated window dresser, cultural critic, author, and creative ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York. In the early 1980s, Doonan collaborated with artist Mundo Meza(1955–1985) on window displays at West Hollywood boutiques including Maxfield Bleu. Juxtaposing glamorous and shocking elements, the playful and surreal displays were provocative and titillating. In conjunction with Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., Doonan will discuss his collaborations with Meza and the intersection of artistic, fashion, and club cultures during that prolific time in Los Angeles.

This program is presented in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit weho.org/arts or follow @WeHoArts.

Please check moca.org and one.usc.edu for updates on related programs.


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Photos from the Event: Mary Jane Jacob