This talk will take the Public Program of the newly reopened Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam as a point of departure to invite the graduate students to discuss several issues around public and discursive programming in the modern and contemporary art museum. The Public Program at the Stedelijk was founded in August 2010 and since then has developed into a large-scale institutional structure encompassing ambitious performance programs, film screenings, lectures, symposia, festival-like events and many more activities. As the Stedelijk’s Public Program was established in a period during which the Stedelijk was reinventing itself prior to the grand re-opening in September 2012 (during the Temporary Stedelijk series, in which the Stedelijk functioned as a temporary, nomadic institution), this new curatorial model of public programming could be freely experimented with, leading up to pertinent questions as how public programs relate to other institutional structures and programs (such as education) and exhibitions, as well as questions regarding the curatorial strategies involved in public programming, audience outreach and the Stedelijk’s relation to its building and histories. This lecture will largely showcase some of the events and series that have been organized in the context of the Stedelijk’s Public Program. Following that, I will focus on the change between The Temporary Stedelijk and the newly re-opened Stedelijk Museum – a shift around which I have curated the performance event Stage It! (Part 1) (see: http://www.stedelijk.nl/en/public-program/overview/do-it-sold-out). Lastly, I will discuss my own vision on the future Public Program at the Stedelijk and how it should develop from here. The students are invited to respond at any time.
Hendrik Folkerts is Curator Public Program at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam since 2010. He studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in contemporary art and theory, feminist practices and contemporary curatorial practices. As Curator Public Program, Folkerts curated the Public Program of The Temporary Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum, a special interim program that was presented from August 2010 until October 2011, as well as Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @ (TS3) from October 2011 until September 2012. Developed in close collaboration with various cultural institutions and venues throughout Amsterdam, TS3 featured performances, small-scale exhibitions lectures, public interviews, discussions, symposia, film screenings, music, and book presentations. Following the grand reopening of the Stedelijk Museum in September 2012, Folkerts continued the Public Program in the museum, working with international artists and scholars to develop performance, film and discursive programs. Prior to his position at the Stedelijk Museum, Folkerts was co-ordinator of the Curatorial Program at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam from 2009 until 2011. He frequently publishes in journals and on platforms such as Metropolis M, The Journal for Art and Public Space, Afterall Online, Tubelight, and for the Stedelijk Museum (Bureau) Amsterdam. Folkerts is (co-)editor of The Temporary Stedelijk (Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, forthcoming 2012), Shadowfiles: Curatorial Education (Amsterdam: de Appel arts centre, forthcoming 2012) and Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective (Amsterdam: AUP, forthcoming 2013).
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.