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Curators discuss their philosophies and practices, including insights on interacting with artists and the day-to-day life of a curator both within an institutional context and as independent practitioners.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Main Gallery, Paul Robeson Galleries (Floor 3)
54 Halsey Street, Newark NJ
Jeanne Brasile, Gallery Director of the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University
Ian Cofre, independent curator, writer, and translator
Jacqueline Mabey, co-founder of Art+Feminism, independent curator, Curatorial Assistant at the Paul Robeson Galleries
Part of “Art Biz,” a series of lectures and events intended to provide artists with skills necessary to negotiate their careers in the art world. All programs are free of charge and open to the public.
Jeanne Brasile – Curatorial Statement
Philosophically, I see the gallery as a place for asking questions rather than a framework for imposing meaning. I am most interested in developing exhibitions that challenge visitors to re-think their perceptions about art, art-making and the role of the museum/gallery. Ideally, curating should not solely be the act of exhibition-making – but a series of activities that revolve around exhibits – ultimately in service to artists and communities.
Ian Cofre is an independent curator, writer, and translator based in Brooklyn, NY. He works with emerging and established artists, and his main areas of interest are Latin America, examining the art market, alternative economies and their modes of art production, turning the lens onto underrepresented artists and marginalized communities, and contextualizing artists cross-generationally. He has previously worked as US Director for the 2013 PINTA NY art fair, Studio Manager for each Mickalene Thomas and Ray Smith, and Director of Sue Scott Gallery. From 2014-18, he served on the Board of Trustees for NurtureArt (Brooklyn, NY). Notable projects includeRe/Post at Storefront Ten Eyck (Brooklyn, 2015); and, an other land…and in the other, our own at Prosjektrom Normanns (Stavanger, Norway, 2015). His writings appear in the Brooklyn Rail, artcritical, and Arte al Día, and he recently contributed an essay for the catalog,Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967—2017. Profiles and reviews of exhibitions he has curated can be found in The Art Newspaper, Arte al Día International, The Wall Street Journal, and Billedkunst, among other publications. Currently, he is working with Dr. Eva Giloi on an exhibition cycle in Newark, NJ titled Newark Rhythms to take place in 2018-19.
Jacqueline Mabey’s work is shaped by studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University and The University of British Columbia and by multifarious professional experience in commercial galleries, museums and artist studios. Mabey is a co-founder of Art+Feminism, an international, activist curatorial platform based out of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with satellites at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Tate, London; Banff Center for the Arts; MAXXI, Rome; Archives nationales de France, Paris; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; MoCA Detroit, amongst many others. They have curated the work of artists including Yael Bartana, Hannah Black, Kate Gilmore, Brendan Fernandes, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jen Liu, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Jumana Manna, Divya Mehra, Lorraine O’Grady, and Addie Wagenknecht, and spoken about their work at venues such as Cornell University, The New School, Printed Matter, and Columbia University. They were named a Leading Global Thinker byForeign Policy magazine and a Badass Woman by Buzzfeed. Mabey works independently under the honorific, failed projects. They were born in New Jersey, raised in Nova Scotia, and currently live with a small dog by a large park in Brooklyn.
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