In this talk Andrea Kroksnes will present some of her latest curatorial and research projects. From this personal point of departure she sets out to problematize the larger context of curatorial work. She will take up issues such as the curatorial work structure in European museums compared to independent curatorial work for biennials. Kroksnes will discuss with the students models of curatorial autonomy against models of shared responsibility in collaborations and networks. The training and focus of her curatorial work has been museum based and even traditional at times but she also has been invested in keeping alive a tradition of curatorial and institutional self-reflection that was initiated by the artists and curators of Institutional Critique – a big influence for Kroksnes. For her, working as a curator means very consciously maintaining a mixture of analysis and critical practice. On the whole, artistic and curatorial practices automatically oscillate between the role of the user of an already existing visual culture and the role of an active producer of critically revised conceptions of this culture. The project to establish a new mode of interdisciplinary and collaborative research into visuality is a crucial focus of her curatorial work. The analysis of present-day visual culture as a specific cultural, social, political and aesthetic phenomenon urgently raises the question of the legitimacy of traditional institutions and notions of art.
Andrea Kroksnes, born in 1971, is senior curator in the department of contemporary art at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway. Andrea Kroksnes is an art historian, curator and art critic. She graduated in applied cultural studies at the University of Lüneburg, and holds a Phd in art history and criticism from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Since 2001 she has been senior curator at the “Museet for Samtidskunst”, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, which now, following the fusion of Oslo’s four largest museums in 2003, forms part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Besides numerous thematic group exhibitions, Kroksnes has also curated solo exhibitions by international artists such as Thomas Ruff (2002, in collaboration with the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden), Paul McCarthy (2003, together with the Kunstverein in Hamburg), Nick Relph/Oliver Payne (2003-2004, in collaboration with the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), Rémy Zaugg (2004), Louise Lawler (2005), and Kirstine Roepstorff (2010, with Kunstmuseum Basel). She is currently working on a museum show with Ida Ekblad for 2013, prepares a thematic group show on “Democracies” for 2014, and also co-curates a Louise Bourgeois and Edvard Munch show with the director of Oslo’s National Gallery in 2015. Kroksnes has been a lecturer at the University of Lüneburg and the art academies of Oslo and Bergen. In recent years she has published and contributed to a number of catalogues on international artists including Karin Mamma Andersen, Chantal Akerman, Rosa Barba, Kristina Bræin, Dan Colen, Tacita Dean, Nathalie Djuberg, Olafur Eliasson, Matias Faldbakken, Marine Hugonnier, Isaac Julien, Lisa Lounila, Olaf Metzel, Alexandra Mir, Helen Mirra, Marjetica Potrc, Lara Schnitger, Robert Smithson, Fiona Tan, Amelie von Wulffen and Knut Åsdam. As a critic she has written essays for specialist journals and compendia such as Artforum, Kunst og Kultur, Texte zur Kunst, Springerin: Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, Siksi: The Nordic Art Review, Parkett and NU. In summer 2003, Kroksnes co-curated the Nordic Pavilion at Francesco Bonami’s Venice Biennale.
About The Speakers Series: Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.