Curator Talk with Mark Nash and Jennifer González

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 206

Join independent curator and writer Mark Nash and Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture Jennifer González for a conversation about approaches to curatorial practice. 

12:15- 1:45 pm, Wedensday, November 29
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 206

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer, until recently Head of Department Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art London. He currently teaches at Birkbeck University of London and until recently was Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Centre for Contemporary Art. His most recent exhibition, Things Fall Apart (2016) examines the artistic legacy of formerly socialist countries, previously explored in Re-imagining October at Calvert 22 (2009), (curated with Isaac Julien). Nash has collaborated extensively with Okwui Enwezor on Documenta11, and The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994 both 2002, and most recently on The Arena project Venice Biennial 2015 including an epic live reading of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital. He also collaborated with Ute Meta Bauer on the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004). Nash has curated several exhibitions focusing on artists’ work with the moving image - including his earlier exhibitions Experiments with Truth at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2004-5) and One Sixth of the Earth, Ecologies of Image at ZKM, Karlsruhe and MUSAC, Leon (2012-13). Together with Joshua Jiang he has curated The Shadow Never Lies, M21: 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai (2016) a major international exhibition focusing on the role of both the digital and analogue ‘shadow image’ (yingxiang) in contemporary art. Earlier this year he curated Viva L’Italia an exhibition of film and video for Artefiera Bologna focusing on the legacy of the 1970s socialist culture in Bologna.

Jennifer González is Professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. She writes about contemporary art with an emphasis on installation, digital and activist art. She is interested in understanding the strategic use of space (exhibition space, public space, virtual space) by contemporary artists and by cultural institutions such as museums. More specifically, she has focused on the representation of the human body and its relation to discourses of race and gender. Prof.González has published in Frieze, Bomb, Diacritics, Camera Obscura, Open Space and Art Journal. Her first book Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art (MIT Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award. Her second book, Pepón Osorio, was published by University of Minnesota Press (2013).