The Otis Graduate Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series is very pleased to host its first curatorial panel.
In the age of information explosion and the continuous expansion of art, curators are not anymore simple care-takers of objects. Curators can be now described as cultural administrators filtering, enabling, synthesizing and remembering culture and art. At this juncture questions arise: What is the curators relationship to history and art history? How can the relationship between curator and artist be defined? Now that curating includes all manner of subjects including food, books, clothing, and thoughts - how can one define a practice as a curator?
We as graduate students and artists at Otis College of Art and Design would like to take the opportunity to ask three independent curators these pressing questions.
Karen Moss, Michael Ned Holte and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer will present recent curatorial projects and their own practices as cultural producers.. Each presentation will take twenty-five minutes and will be followed by a series of questions and an open discussion.
Michael Ned Holte is a writer, independent curator, and co-director of the Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts. He has written monographic essays on artists including Kathryn Andrews, Hani Armanious, Charles Gaines, Richard Hawkins, Alice Könitz, Shio Kusaka, Roy McMakin, Ricky Swallow, Paul Sietsema, and Clarissa Tossin, and has contributed to periodicals such as Afterall, Artforum International, Art Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, East of Borneo, Frieze, Pin-Up, and X-TRA. Holte has organized exhibitions in Auckland, Los Angeles, New York, and Torino, and, along with Connie Butler, was curator of the 2014 edition of “Made in L.A.” at the Hammer Museum. He is organizing the exhibition “Routine Pleasures,” which will open at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in spring 2016.
Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer is an art writer and curator based in Los Angeles, where she teaches at Otis College of Art and Design, publishes Pep Talk, and runs the experimental art venue The Finley Gallery. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Artforum, ArtReview, Art in America, Artonpaper, ArtSlant, Mousse, and exhibition catalogs.
Karen Moss is an art historian, curator and educator who has worked in museums and academic positions since 1980. She has been Senior Faculty in the Graduate Public Practice Program at the Otis College of Art and Design since 2008 and was recently appointed as the college’s Interim Director of Galleries and Exhibitions. She is overseeing artists’ residencies, exhibitions and public programs at the Ben Maltz Gallery, including the Otis project for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time’s Los Angeles/Latin America.
Image: Maria Lassnig's Kantate: The Ballad of Maria Lassnig (1992)