The Otis Graduate Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series is pleased to host its second curatorial panel.
This time, the curators invited will provide a provocative and revealing presentation and discussion around their practices within the framework of a pedagogical institution. The particular relationship to an institution and the manner in which one might think of that practice of organizing an exhibition, especially one attached to students and artist-professors, is a fruitful area to explore.
In a time where students are thinking about not only producing objects and ideas as they might pertain to the context of art production itself, but are addressing their relationship to the world and various histories of that world, each of the curators invited has performed within their own practice in a unique fashion that responds to these conditions.
Rhea Anastas and Sohrab Mohebbi will present a recent curatorial project for twenty minutes, followed by directed questions and an open discussion.
Rhea Anastas is an art historian, critic, curator, and Associate Professor in the Art Department at the University of California, Irvine. (B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at The City University of New York). Anastas was a cofounder of Orchard, an artist-run gallery in New York's Lower East Side. Anastas introduces the projects of this experimental co-operative gallery with a predetermined lifespan (05-08) and discusses her publishing projects now dealing with Orchard's past.
Anastas’ most recent publication, Double Bind, is a book-length long form dialogue co-written with artist Leigh Ledare. Some of Anastas’ previous books are: Dan Graham: Works 1965-2000, coedited with Marianne Brouwer and published by Richter Verlag, and, Witness to Her Art: Art and Writings by Adrian Piper, Mona Hatoum, Cady Noland, Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, Daniela Rossell and Eau de Cologne, published by Bard College, coedited with Michael Brenson.
Sohrab Mohebbi is a writer and curator currently based in Los Angeles. His curatorial projects include Hassan Khan: The Hidden Location (Queens Museum of Art, 2011), Rope-a-Dope (co-curated with Gabi Ngcobo) (Cabinet, 2010), For All the Wrong Reasons (Center for Curatorial Studies, 2010), and Strike a Pose (co-curated with Özge Ersoy) for Bidoun Projects 2010. Recipient of a 2010 Montehermoso research grant for the project Visual Parrhesia. His writings have been published in Bidoun, where he is a contributing editor, as well as in Artforum, Art Agenda, e-flux journal, and Modern Painters, among others. Mohebbi was the 2010 curatorial fellow at Queens Museum of Art.