News Archive 2011

Issue 15 Fillip: featuring Peta Rake, Matt Post and Chris Fitzpatrick

Fillip is pleased to announce the worldwide availability of its fifteenth issue.

Fillip 15 initiates a new, ongoing series of texts entitled Apparatus, Capture, Trace examining the links between biopolitics and photography. The series opens with essays by Saul Anton on Osama bin Laden and Gabrielle Moser on the work of Jon Rafman, alongside an introduction by series editor Kate Steinmann.

The issue also continues essays from the Intangible Economies series, which is the focus of a three-day forum co-organized by Artspeak, running November 18 to 20 in Vancouver. Presenting speakers will include Melanie Gilligan, Hadley+Maxwell, Candice Hopkins, Olaf Nicolai, Monika Szewczyk, and Jan Verwoert, as well as series editor Antonia Hirsch. The event will be broadcast worldwide on Livestream.

Featured in Fillip 15:
Chris Fitzpatrick and Post Brothers on parasitical practices
Peta Rake on artist-run initiatives in Brisbane
Plus a Criticism Roundtable with Julian Myers, Tara McDowell (the Exhibitionist), and Alexander Provan (Triple Canopy), among others

Julian Myers on Edgar Arceneaux and Hopelessness Freezes Time

CURP Faculty Julian Myers,

Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC) Writing Fellowship Finalists

Shotgun Reviews are pleased to announce the six finalists for the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC) Writing Fellowship, including CURP Alum Liz Glass. Finalists were selected by Glen Helfand, Hou Hanru, Santhi Kavuri‐Bauer and Patricia Maloney based on their insights into contemporary Asian art practices and discourses.

See Liz’s Shotgun Reviews for Art Practical..

Kalia Brooks on the Artist/Scholar

CURP Alum Kalia Brooks will lecture on Professor David Driskell Thursday 10th of November, at the University of Maryland.

Chris Fitzpatrick - New Director for Objectif, Antwerp

Following a highly competitive process, the board of objectif Exhibitions is very happy to announce the appointment of CURP Alum Chris Fitzpatrick as new Artistic Director effective February 2012.

Fitzpatrick (b. New York, 1978) comes to Objectif Exhibitions after working as an independent curator based in San Francisco. He has organized various exhibitions and events for venues including Palazzo Ducale, Genova; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; Oakland Museum of California; the Exploratorium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, amongst others.

See Objectif website for further details…

Jens Hoffmann & Larry Rinder: In Conversation @ Kadist

Jens Hoffmann and Larry Rinder will discuss The Exhibitionist, “the first-ever journal devoted to contemporary curatorial practice and exhibition making.” They’ll also discuss the auteur theory of curating, an idea borrowed from the French New Wave. 7pm Sharp, Wednesday 16th November.

The Marine Sublime

The University of Southern California on November 2, will host The Marine Sublime.The program will include clips from and discussion of Proteus and selected Painlevé works,a viewing of rare editions of Ernst Haeckel’s writings and illustrations from the libraries’ special collections, and an introduction by a USC marine biologist. Hosted by Curp Faculty Member Marina McDoughall.

See Website for more details…

The QiH Act (U The Opera): Kadist SF

Wednesday 7pm, November 2nd at the Kadist Art Foundation the short film “The QiH Act” will be screened. Along with a conversation with Floris Schönfeld, hosted by Curp Alum David Kasprzak and Anthony Discenza.

Corrected Slogans at Kadist SF

This Wednesday, October 26th at 7pm sharp at Kadist Art Foundation, Julian Myers will be hostingCorrected Slogans - Named after the album by the psychedelic rock band Red Krayola and the conceptual artist collective Art & Language.

Corrected Slogans commissions a new collaboration between a language based artwork by Claire Fontaine and the musical ensemble of Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy, Modest Mouse) and artist Natasha Wheat. The collaboration results in the production of a new song that will be performed during the evening, followed by a presentation and conversation led by Myers.

Artforum China Writing Award

Curp Alum Xiaoyu Weng has been awarded the 2011 Artforum China Writing Award…

The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is pleased to present The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India, an exhibition of sculpture, photography and video by artists of India, living inside the country and in the diaspora. Organised by Curp Alum Xiaoyu Weng.

See YBCA website for more…

Keep it Cherried: Adobe Backroom Gallery

On Saturday the 22nd of October, 2011 at 7pm Keep it Cherried opens, curated by current Curp Daniella Murphy. Featuring work by Michelle Guntu and Joe Roberts.

See Adobe Backroom Gallery for more…

Quiz Night: Kadist SF - Global Launch of Fillip Magazine’s 15th Issue

The launch of Fillip 15 will take place this wednesday the 12th of October, at Kadist Art Foundation SF at 6:00pm and will be followed by a university style quiz contest featuring current student Peta Rake, and CURP Alum’s Joseph del PescoMatt Post and Chris Fitzpatrick.

Run-Off at Macarthur B Arthur

Run Off, curated by Curp Alum Jackie Im at Macarthur B Arthur includes new work by Curp Alum David Kasprzak. The exhibition opening reception will be held on October 7 at 7-10pm.

Better a Live Ass Than a Dead Lion: Eli Ridgway Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 4-7pm, curated by CURP Alum David Kasprzak.

Visit Eli Ridgway Gallery Website…

The 2011 NY Art Book Fair

Printed Matter, Inc. presents the sixth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 30 to October 2, 2011, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Fillip Magazine and CURP Faculty Kristina Lee Podesva will be in attendance.

See link for more details…

Hand in Glove Conference

Hand-in-Glove is a new semiannual conference for independent visual arts facilitators working at the crossroads of creative administration and studio practice. This conference is open to people engaged in the pragmatic realities and imaginative possibilities of organizing exhibitions, re-granting programs, publications, residencies, public programs, platforms for projects, and a variety of other programming that challenges traditional formats for the production and reception of art at the grass-roots level. These include, but are not limited to, artist-run exhibition spaces, independent programming series, unconventional residency programs, and artist-run pedagogical experiments. CURP Faculty Renny Pritikinand CURP Alum Joseph Del Pesco will be attending.

See Hand-in-Glove for further details…

Six Lines of Flight: Tangier, Beirut, Cali, Ho Chi Minh City, Cluj, San Francisco

The group has been assembled by SFMOMA Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture Apsara DiQuinzio, who is organizing an exhibition called Six Lines of Flight, to be presented a year from now, and (most of) the artists are in town this week to meet and talk with each other, and meet and talk with a number of local collaborators.

Also listening in on the conversation yesterday morning was a group of writers, curators, and others who work closely with Bay Area (and national, and international) artist organizations and communities: Ted Purves, CURP Faculty Renny Pritikin, Moira Roth, Rick Prelinger, CURP Alum Joseph del Pesco, Pam Lee, and Hou Hanru - they’ll be joining the artists in conversation in a second closed session tomorrow. (Julia Bryan-Wilson and Blake Stimson, also participating, are expected to join the group later in the week.) A handful of my SFMOMA colleagues were present, as well, and with so many interesting people in the room and, I expect, present at the panel this Thursday, the week promises to continue to be engaging.

Best Show That I Couldn’t Review: God Only Knows Who the Audience Is

Article on God Only Knows Who the Audience Is featured in Art Practical.

View the article here…

The Cat is at the Table

The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt in Vilnius, Lithuania, has published The Cat is on the Table: A Potential Neologism, which is available in print or as a PDF file from their site. The conversation included Mirene Arsanios, Deric Carner, Dina Danish, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Marcella Faustini, Kevin Killian, Agnieszka Kurant, Raimundas Malašauskas, Nicolas Matranga, W.P. McNeill, Darius Mikšys, Jacopo Miliani, Kristina Lee Podesva, Post Brothers, Carson Salter, Jennifer Teets, Viktor Tikrai and CURP Alum Xiaoyu Weng.

See link for more details…

Alumni Update: Chris Fitzpatrick and Matt Post

CURP Alum Chris Fitzpatrick will be curating “The Museum Problem” at FruttaGallery in Rome in January 2012 as well as, curating il gatto è sul tavolo/the cat is on the table at Spazio A in Pistoia, Italy, this Fall. The exhibition features projects by Deric Carner, Alice Channer, Dina Danish, Arunas Gudaitis, Adriana Lara, Gareth Long, Elena Narbutaite, Rosalind Nashashibi, Kamau Amu Patton, Freek Wambacq.

Fitzpatrick has also been nominated to curate an upcoming exhibition Post at the ACCA in Melbourne.Fitzpatrick’s interview with Liudvikas Buklys will be published in Cura Magazine this Fall; and his other writing will feature in Fillip’s 15th Issue in collaboration with Post Brothers on parasites; on Chosil Kil along with Matt Post; Rite Renditions; on Juozas Laivys for a publication related to the 4th Moscow Biennale’; on Frank Chu and the 12 Galaxies with Alum Matt Post for Nero Magazine.

Fitzpatrick has also been recently awarded a $5,700 grant to support a curatorial research visit that will include studio and site visits as well as the preparation of interviews with Estonian artists in connection with the 2012 ART IST KUKU NU UT festival in Estonia by CECArtsLink.

HOME? a collaborative exhibition

Jeanno Gaussi, Diala Khasawnih, and CURP MA 2012 Candidate Ola Khalidi, are coming together at CIIS for the first time since they met at the Shatana International Artist Workshop in Jordan. Collectively and individually, these artists will explore the home that is not linked to geographical place; rather found in a taste, a sound, a smell, or a few words overheard. An opening reception will be held on the 10th of September at 6:30pm.

For more visit CIIS.

State of Independence: A Global Forum on Alternative Practice

This two-day international forum convenes artists and curators from Asia and Latin America for discussion and debate on the state of independent spaces and alternative practices. The conference engages the relevance and sustainability of alternative practice today in regions where art, commerce, and cultural infrastructure are taking new forms. Alternative spaces grow out of necessity and in response to local conditions.

See redcat for more details…

Alum Chris Fitzpatrick named as one of the four curators of Present Future at Artissima this year

Running 4–6 November, Artissima 18 brings together under one roof an outstanding selection of cutting-edge contemporary art galleries and an experimental curatorial programme. Artissima’s traditional groupings feature again: Main Section, dedicated to established galleries for whom the promotion of emerging talent is a focus; New Entries, which gathers the most interesting galleries that have been operating for less than five years; Present Future, devoted to a group of emerging artists invited by a team of international curators; and Back to the Future, which was launched in 2010 and presents artists who were active in the 1960s and 70s and whose work is of particular relevance today.

Along with Christophe Gallois, Antonia Majaca, Luigi Fassi, 2005 Curatorial Practice Alum Chris Fitzpatrick, will be on the Present Future Committee.

See Artissima for more details…

“(rac)-cumulations” exhibition at the Richmond Art Centre

Curated by Peta Rake, Chelsea Perry, Jennifer Kesseler and Ola Khaldi, this exhibition seeks to access the Richmond Art Centre’s (RAC) 75th year long history, by delving into their vast archive. The archive is not only a practical component of contemporary cultural institutions, but acts as something that complements both individual and collective memory. With this in mind, the specific architectural style and organization of the Richmond Art Centre over the past decades has informed the structure of how the accumulation of letters, images and objects can be interpreted in a multilayered way. This exhibition, much like archival research – has no prescribed instructions of how to read and where to begin understanding the vast amounts of ephemera. It is this wish, that the audience, guided by the structure, can access the materials at any point in the space, taking for themselves there own meanings and connections that position the RAC as a lively and rich cultural landmark.

2009 Alumnus Xiaoyu Weng Profiled by CCA

From Shanghai to San Francisco: Xiaoyu Weng (MA Curatorial Practice 2009) came a long way from home to attend CCA, but her career path since graduation has ensured that home is never far from her mind. In fact, she has made a specialty of devising ways in which Asian culture and Western culture can be represented and intertwined.


The Jester-Curator Symposium

To what extent does the curator need to be a responsible storyteller?
Friday 20 May 2011
Tom Morton
Co-curator of the 2010 British Art Show 7

Trifarious Projects is pleased to present a day of presentations and discussions addressing ideas of playfulness and responsibility in relation to curatorial practice.

Traditionally the title of curator has been used to describe someone who cares for collections. However, more recently, within contemporary art practice it has been ascribed to someone who is responsible for creating a narrative based on a particular political, historical or psychological perspective amongst others.


Metric: a two-person art show featuring the work of Dana Hemenway and Anthony Ryan

2008 Alumni Jessica Brier is curating Metric at Park Life Gallery featuring Dana Hemenway & Anthony Ryan. It opened May 20 and will run until June 26, 2011.


Circuitos de Flujo: Curatorial Practice Symposium

2005 Alum María del Carmen Carríon has organized Circuitos de Flujo, a three-day symposium that will address different approaches to curatorial practice and cultural production in Latin America. The symposium is organize around five topics: geopolitics and locality; public space, activism and community; revisiting the Latin American avant-garde; experimental pedagogy, and independent and online publishing.

View the Symposium Website

On Curatorial Residencies: Panel Discussion at Goethe-Institut New York

2009 Alum and San Francisco based independent curator, Chris Fitzpatrick, was included on the panel on May 2nd at the Goethe-Institut New York.


Review: Anna Gritz on Ben Rivers’s Slow Action at Matt’s Gallery, London

2008 Alum and Assistant Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London, Anna Gritz, reviews Ben River’s new exhibition in Art Agenda.

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2 x 2 Solos: Michelle Blade at Pro Arts

2 x 2: Michelle Blade, curated by 2010 Alum,  Jackie Im, opens at Pro Arts in Oakland on March 10, 2011.

Oakland-based artist Michelle Blade creates paintings that push the medium into the realm of sculpture and social environments. Influenced by anthropology, philosophy and nature, Blade’s paintings reflect on the mystical and the spiritual. For her first solo exhibition at Pro Arts, Blade brings together sculptural paintings, photography and projections to create a ghostly environment, using of a variety of materials, including translucent Dura-lar, to highlight her works’ other-worldly appearance.

Visit the Exhibition Website…

Curatorial Practice Alumnus, Audrey Marrs takes home Oscar

2008 Alum Audrey Marrs takes home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature No End in Sight.

View the article…

Leigh Markopoulos Presents The Shape of Exhibitions at the 99th Annual CAA Conference in New York

On February 9, 2011, Chair Leigh Markopoulos presented a paper, The Shape of Exhibitions, as part of the panel, Recurating: New Practices in Exhibition Making, at the 99th Annual CAA Conference in New York City.

Visit conference website…
View the Article…

The Man Who Plants Scenarios at Queens Nails Projects

The Man Who Plants Scenarios, opening at Queens Nails Projects on Friday, March 18 from 8-11 p.m. is the first West Coast solo exhibition of Zhou Tao, guest curated by ‘09 alumnus Xiaoyu Weng. This project is part of Queens Nails: (QNX) an exchange program with local, national and international art spaces and independent curators and artists.

Visit the Queens Nails Projects Website…

MNEME at MacArthur B Arthur

MNEME, opening at MacArthur B Arthur on Friday, February 4 from 7-10 p.m. will feature YouTube video clips chosen by artists, curators, musicians, and writers, including selections from alumni Jackie Clay andMatthew Post and organized by alumnus Jackie Im.

Visit the MacArthur B Arthur Website…

Oakland Museum of California LaunchingThe Oakland Standard

On February 4, 2011 from 8pm-1am, Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will launch The Oakland Standard. It’s a dance party, a conversation, a baby shower, and a toast to Oakland. Curatorial Practice faculty member, Rene de Guzman, is senior curator of art at OCMA.

Visit the Oakland Standard website…

2×2 Solos: Chris Fraser at Pro Arts

2×2 Solos: Chris Fraser, curated by 2009 alumnus Xiaoyu Weng, will be on view from January 25-February 25, 2011, with a reception on February 4 at 6pm. Oakland-based artist Chris Fraser creates large-scale installations that explore visible light’s relationship to image making.

Visit the Exhibition Website…

An Oration by Father Bertie Pearson at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Join alumni Chris Fitzpatrick andMatthew Post on Saturday, January 22 at 2:00pm in Gallery 3 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for a special event, presented as part of Nina Beier’s solo exhibition, What Follows Will Follow II:

AN ORATION BY FATHER BERTIE PEARSON, Priest of the Episcopal Church

In conclusion of What Follows Will Follow II, Father Bertie Pearson will speak the final verse in fulfillment of “Explanations,” a work by Berlin-based, Danish artist Nina Beier. As interpretive copy-writers, independent curators Chris Fitzpatrick & Post Brothers have delivered a series of readings and demonstrations from a lectern Beier designed. Yet where Fitzpatrick and Post have offered a lattice of “dislocated footnotes” through three presentations since December, this Saturday afternoon, Father Pearson will provide an enthralling theological and philosophical oration of a very different sort.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street (at Third Street), San Francisco, CA

How Far Can You Push a Sound Without an Image? Featured by Independent Curators International (ICI)

How Far Can You Push a Sound Without an Image? is an exhibition that takes the form of a radio broadcast, curated by current student Michele Fiedler in collaboration with faculty member Steven Leiber, Anouk-Lucie Andenmatten, Matthew Rana, and Shemoel Recalde. The exhibition is now a featured “Online Based Curatorial Project” as part of ICI’s The Curator’s Index.


The 770 Show at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery

The 770 Show, guest curated by 2010 CURP Alum, Arden Sherman, will be on view from January 13 - February 13, 2011, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 13 from 6-9pm. The 770 Show is the 2011 inaugural exhibition at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery and is the first in a two-part series dealing with the site of the bookshop itself—as inspiration, illumination, and artistic material.

Visit the Exhibition Website…

Nothing Happens Without You: Jay Dion + Rie Hirai at MacArthur B Arthur Gallery

Nothing Happens Without You, co-curated by 2010 CURP Alum Jackie Im, will be on view from January 7-30, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 7 from 7-10 p.m. Dion and Hirai are recent California College of the Arts MFA graduates, and this exhibition marks their first collaborative effort, exploring threads and themes familiar to their solo practice. The exhibition invites the viewer to engage and will expand and evolve over its three week run with paintings that reflect this participation.

View the Exhibition Website…