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TWO-DAY CONFERENCE, "CURATORIAL PRACTICE AND CRITICISM IN LATIN AMERICA," WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES AT BARD COLLEGE

Emily Darrow
845-758-7512
darrow@bard.edu
03-01-2001

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College is presenting a two-day conference on the topic of curatorial practice and criticism in the contemporary visual arts in Latin America. Conference sessions, free and open to the public, will be held in the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24. The CCS is also cosponsoring two panel discussions in New York City on Monday, March 19, and Thursday, March 22, prior to the conference at Bard.

The conference will address the recent history of exhibiting institutions in Latin America, including museums of contemporary art and international exhibitions such as the São Paulo Bienal; the internationalization of institutions of contemporary art in San Diego and Miami; current issues in the criticism of the contemporary visual arts in Latin America; and the contributions of three important Latin American critics of the late 1940s to 1970s—Romero Brest, Mario Pedrosa, and Marta Traba—whose work is less well-known in the United States. Special sessions will focus on curatorial practice and exhibiting institutions in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Panelists include: Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, director, Visual Arts Program, Americas Society, New York; Rosina Cazali, independent curator, Guatemala City; Olivier Debroise, independent art historian and curator, Mexico City; Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, director, Sala Mendoza, Caracas; Paulo Herkenhoff, adjunct curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Cuauhtémoc Medina, researcher, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM, Mexico City; Ivo Mesquita, director, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; Gerardo Mosquera, independent curator and critic, Havana, and adjunct curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Marcelo Pacheco, independent critic, Buenos Aires; Virginia Pérez-Ratton, director, TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica; Mari Carmen Ramírez, curator of Latin American art, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; Osvaldo Sánchez, director, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and George Yúdice, professor of American Studies and director of the Privatization of Culture Project for Research on Cultural Policy, New York University.

\"Curatorial Practice and Criticism in Latin America\" concludes a program of research residencies and seminars that has been supported by a grant to the Center for Curatorial Studies from the Getty Grant Program. Additional funding for the conference has been provided by the Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros Foundation and the Mexican Cultural Institute, New York.

Conference Schedule:

\"Curatorial Practice and Criticism in Latin America,\" Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College

Friday, March 23

Panel 1: 1:00–3:00 p.m., \"Institutions/Curatorial Practice: Buenos Aires and São Paulo\"

Participants: Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro and Ivo Mesquita

Panel 2: 3:30–6:00 p.m., \"Critical Issues\"

Participants: Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Cuauhtémoc Medina, and Gerardo Mosquera

Saturday, March 24

Panel 3: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., \"Institutions/Curatorial Practice: Mexico and the United States\"

Participants: Olivier Debroise, Osvaldo Sánchez, and George Yúdice

Panel 4: 2:00–3:30 p.m., \"Institutions/Curatorial Practice: Central America and the Caribbean\"

Participants: Rosina Cazali and Virginia Pérez-Ratton

Panel 5: 4:00–6:30 p.m., \"Critical Histories\"

Participants: Paulo Herkenhoff, Marcelo Pacheco, and Mari Carmen Ramírez

Two additional panel discussions will be held on Monday, March 19, and Thursday, March 22, at the Americas Society in New York City. These will focus on trans-American art projects and collaborations between artists and arts institutions and are also free and open to the public.

New York City Panel Discussions:

Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., The Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (at 68th Street)

\"Trans-American Conversations on Art,\" two conversations, each between an artist and a curator, about trans-American art projects. Sponsored by The Americas Society, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, the Canadian Consulate, New York, and the Mexican Cultural Institute, New York.

Participants: Bruce W. Ferguson, dean, School of the Arts, Columbia University (moderator); Francis Alÿs, artist, Mexico City; Ken Lum, artist, Vancouver; Cuauhtémoc Medina, researcher, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM, Mexico City; and Kitty Scott, acting associate curator of contemporary art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m., The Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (at 68th Street)

\"When Artists and Cultural Institutions Interact,\" a panel discussion on collaborations between artists and arts institutions, presented in conjunction with the Center for Curatorial Studies conference on Latin America and The Americas Society’s Forma: Brazil, a five-month series of exhibitions and programs on the modern and contemporary culture of Brazil. Sponsored by The Americas Society and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Participants: Norton Batkin, director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (moderator); Andrea Fraser, artist, New York and Rio de Janeiro; George Yúdice, professor of American Studies and director of the Privatization of Culture Project for Research on Cultural Policy, New York University.

The topic of the next conference, presented by CCS on May 11 and 12, will be the \"History of Exhibition.\" For further information on the conferences and panel discussions, call the CCS at 845-758-7598; e-mail: ccs@bard.edu; or visit the website at www.bard.edu/ccs.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001