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Thinking Contemporary Curating

Touring Lecture Series:

Terry Smith in Conversation with Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU Wednesday, October 22, 2013 ICI Curatorial Hub Closed-door session

Past Events:

Book Launch & Reading with Terry Smith Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 7–9pm New York University Department of Art History 300 Silver Center, 3rd floor 100 Washington Square East New York, NY 10003 Terry Smith in Conversation with Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Sunday, September 30, 2012, 3–4pm New York Art Book Fair MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 Terry Smith in Conversation with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director, dOCUMENTA(13) Sunday, October 14, 2012, 3pm The New Museum 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 Terry Smith in Conversation with Jens Hoffmann, Director, Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7pm Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art California College of the Arts 350 Kansas Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 Terry Smith in Conversation with Mary Jane Jacob, Executive Director of Exhibitions, SAIC Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1pm The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 Terry Smith Monday, November 19, 2012 The School of Art Institute of Chicago 37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Terry Smith in conversation with Julian Myers, Associate Professor, California College of the Arts Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:30–2pm College Art Association 101st Annual Conference Sutton Parlor North, 2nd Floor Hilton New York 1335 Avenue Of The Americas New York, NY 10019 Terry Smith in Conversation with Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall Monday, April 1, 2013 ICI Curatorial Hub Terry Smith in Conversation with Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum Saturday, August 3, 2013, 2–4pm Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (53F) 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan FREE & open to the public Contemporary Art and Contemporaneity Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6pm Museum of Contemporary Art – Metelkova 22 Tomši?eva 14 SI-1000 Ljubljana Since 2000, Terry Smith has argued that artists, architects, curators and art theorists have been responding to the nature of contemporary reality in terms of its definitive quality, its contemporaneity. He will discuss the key ideas underlying his controversial books: Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity, What is Contemporary Art?, Contemporary Art: World Currents, and Thinking Contemporary Curating. What are the main currents of art practice today? Which patterns occur on global scales, and do these relate to local situations? How has art practice changed the nature of contemporary curating? Is it possible to curate contemporaneity itself? His new book, Contemporary Art and Contemporaneity, edited by Professor Ales Erjavec and published in Slovenian by the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics, will be launched on the occasion of this lecture. The book contains important chapters from his books, and the text of a lecture he gave at the Moderna Galerija in 2010. Terry Smith in Conversation with Zdenka Badivonac, Director, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana Friday, August 23, 2013 Closed-door session, not open to the public Terry Smith in Conversation with Paul O’Neill Saturday, September 14, 2013, 3pm New Museum 235 Bowery New York, NY 10002 Author and art historian Terry Smith will be in conversation with Paul O’Neill, author of The Culture of Curating, the Curating of Culture(s) (2012) and Director of the Graduate Program, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Having both recently published the only book-length essays to map out contemporary curatorial practices, Smith and O’Neill will discuss trends in curatorial thought in a rapidly evolving international field. As part of the ongoing research and conversations related to his recent publication, Thinking Contemporary Curating (2012), Smith has been speaking with preeminent curators and art historians, including Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Jens Hoffmann, Mary Jane Jacob, Julian Myers, Maria Lind, Mami Kataoka, and Zdenka Badovinac. This is the seventh public presentation in the series of conversations that will lead to Thinking Contemporary Curating Volume 2. Moderator: Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum. Respondent: Liam Gillick.

About Thinking Contemporary Curating

“Do curators think in ways that are unique to their profession? Can curatorial thought be distinguished from the thinking processes within the myriad of closely related practices—especially art criticism, art history and art making—and from curating within other kinds of museum or display spaces, public and private?” –Terry Smith Thinking Contemporary Curating is the first book to offer an in-depth analysis of the volatile territory of international curatorial practice and the thinking—or insight—that underpins it. In five essays, renowned art historian and critic Terry Smith describes how today curators take on roles far beyond exhibition making, to include reimagining museums; writing the history of curating; creating discursive platforms and undertaking social or political activism, as well as rethinking spectatorship. The catalyst for the publication was “The Now Museum” conference that ICI produced in collaboration with the CUNY Graduate Center and the New Museum in New York in 2011. In panel discussions and lectures over 30 leading artists, art historians, curators and museum directors, such as art historian Claire Bishop, Okwui Enwezor (Director, Haus der Kunst), Massimiliano Gioni (Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, New Museum), Lu Jie (Director, Long March), Maria Lind (Director, Tensta Konsthall) and Terry Smith discussed the diversification of the notion of the “museum of contemporary art,” providing intergenerational perspectives on recent developments across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. This spurred a year-long journey for Smith, responding to ideas, events and encounters in the art world in the process of questioning what “curating” is today, which forms the heart of this publication. “Through his act of global metacurating, Terry Smith places different and sometimes contradictory curatorial practices and attitudes into a panorama that fascinates and intellectually engages the reader. It is a must-read for everybody who wants to understand the inner logic of contemporary art processes.” –Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University Thinking Contemporary Curating is the first in a new series entitled Perspectives in Curating developed by ICI to provide sustained analysis on topics that are pressing for curators now. Thinking Contemporary Curating was made possible, in part, by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Additional support for this publication was received from the ICI International Forum Patrons Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, Haro and Bilge Cumbusyan, Carol and Arthur Goldberg, Belinda Kielland, Patricia and Charles Selden, Younghee Kim-Wait, Georgia Welles and Elizabeth Erdreich White. By Terry Smith. Introduction by Kate Fowle Softcover, 272 pages, 54 B&W illustrations Published by Independent Curators International (ICI), 2012 Thinking Contemporary Curating is available as digital and softcover versions and is distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (DAP), ISBN: 978-0-916365-86-8. Paperback, 6.25 x 8.5 inches, 256 pages, 25 black-and-white illustrations. $19.95. Order the book here.

October 22, 2013- - October 22, 2013 @ ICI Curatorial Hub


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Terry Smith & Paul O’Neill on ARTonAIR

Terry Smith & Paul O’Neill on ARTonAIR.org. Originally aired on March 17, 2014. Paul O’Neill, Director of the Graduate Program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and art historian Terry Smith discuss his latest publication, Thinking Contemporary Curating, published by Independent Curators International (ICI), at the New Museum in New York City on September 14, 2013. These programs […]

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Talking About: Thinking Contemporary Exhibitions

Mousse Magazine, Issue #40 October 2013 Talking About: Thinking Contemporary Exhibitions by Terry Smith and Jens Hoffmann In a conversation with Jens Hoffmann, Terry Smith analyzes the way various art specialists have dictated the rules of curating over the decades.

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Terry Smith & Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy on ARTonAIR

Terry Smith & Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy on ARTonAIR.org. Originally aired on July 16, 2013. Art historian Terry Smith and curator Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy in conversation about Smith’s book Thinking Contemporary Curating as part of a series of conversation between the author and respected curators These programs are produced in partnership with the radio station of the Clocktower Gallery, operating […]

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