New Circuits: Curating Contemporary Performance

Organized by Fionn Meade and Philip Bither with Misa Jefferies and Molly Hanse
September 28–29, 2015
Walker Art Center

Maria Hassabi, PLASTIC, Hammer Museum, Courtesy Maria Hassabi

Made possible by a curatorial fellowship grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the research convening was a coming together of curators, programmers, artists, and producers to address the following:
–new models of performance curating that have arisen within and outside of the museum setting
–evolving standards for collecting and archiving performance and live arts
–challenges faced and learning opportunities in producing, commissioning, and acquiring performance-based art, including differing approaches to audience
–shared efforts toward artist advocacy and agency in the context of curating performance across stage, gallery, and emerging platforms.

Bringing together colleagues from performing arts, visuals arts, and places in between, the research convening will include opportunities for open dialogue, as well as presentations, case studies, and panels with the following speakers: Adrienne Edwards (Performa), Kristy Edmunds (Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA), Chuck Helm (Wexner Center for the Arts), Judy Hussie-Taylor (Danspace Project), Ana Janevski (Museum of Modern Art), Kelly Kivland (Dia Art Foundation), Sam Miller (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), Chris Sharp (Le Mouvement: Performing the City), Sandra Teitge (FD13 Residency), Jonah Westerman (Performance at Tate), and Nate Young (The Bindery Projects).

The convening also featured a number of conversations between artists and curators, including Maria Hassabi in dialogue with Aram Moshayedi (Hammer Museum), Pope.L joined by Adrienne Edwards (Performa), and a conversation with Charles Atlas and Rashaun Mitchell, moderated by Victoria Brooks (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center).

As part of the convening, choreographer and multimedia artist Ralph Lemon will revisit his 2014 performance/exhibition Scaffold Room in Scaffold Room: (Memory) refraction #1, taking place on September 28, 2015—a year after its Walker premiere. Thomas J. Lax (MoMA) presented an afterword to the performance.

New Circuits was made possible by a 2014 curatorial fellowship grant to Fionn Meade from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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