What is it that makes today’s solo exhibitions so different, so appealing?
The solo exhibition is conspicuously overlooked in the voluminous literature on curatorial practice and the historiography of exhibitions. This even though it plays a significant role in forming the conventions of exhibition making since the 18th century.
What accounts for this repressed in curatorial discourse, as opposed to the group or thematic exhibition, or the events of biennials and international surveys? What issues,both practical and ideational, logistical and methodological, is the solo exhibition explicitly concerned with?
How might a genealogy of the solo exhibition propose the relevance and scope of this typology today?
João Ribas (b. 1979, Braga, Portugal) is Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was previously Curator at The Drawing Center, in New York.
His recent exhibitions include In the Holocene (MIT List Visual Arts Center) an exhibition on art and speculation spanning from the 19th to the 21st centuries, and exhibitions of the work of Amalia Pica, Joachim Koester, Akram Zaatari, Cheyney Thompson, The Otolith Group, Stan VanDerBeek, Otto Piene, Frances Stark, and Matt Mullican, among others. He has been a contributor to numerous publications, including Contemporary Art: From 1989 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Realism Materialism Art (CCS Bard, forthcoming). His recent publications include Cheyney Thompson (Walter Koenig; Amalia Pica (MCA Chicago); Otto Piene: Lichtballett (MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2012) and an edited volume of the writings of Frances Stark (MIT List, 2010). He is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010). A visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide, and has been an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
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