Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category

ART HK

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I arrived in Hong Kong after a 24-hour trip from Miami (Miami to LA, LA to Hong Kong). I checked into my hotel around 10:00 PM, and finally made it out to find a late dinner around 11:00. I slept well…until I was awoken (on the 19th floor of my hotel) by celebrating Chelsea football (soccer) fans in the streets at 6:30 in the morning. Congrats, Chelsea, on the Champions League win…and for waking me up. This felt like a uniquely Hong Kong post-imperialist situation. At 11:00 AM I made my way to Art HK. A few British dealers were bleary-eyed in sunglasses, slouching in their booths. I had a crazy day of running around trying to see this enormous fair in six hours. At 2:40 I did a talk with writer HG Masters at the Art Asia Pacific booth. I was followed by artist (and Pittsburgh resident) Bill Kofmehl. Out of 35 talks, over four days, there were 6 people from the US. Two out out of six were from Pittsburgh…not bad! I got to see and talk with many galleries new to me over the course of the day.

 

Miami (in the off-season with Ragnar Kjartansson)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I have just begun a month-long research trip that began in Miami, will end in Basel, and in-between will take me to Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Zagreb, Berlin, Kassel, and Paris. And maybe a mining town in Belgium. This trip began in a humid, sultry fashion in Miami, where the CMA’s exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson: Song, was opening at MoCA North Miami (it goes to ICA Boston in December). I’d never been to Miami outside of December, during Art Basel, and it was nice to see the city as it normally is, without the thousands of art world characters floating around. I had a great few days down there and was reminded of the strong artist community. Thursday evening was Ragnar’s opening—the installation was impeccable. And Ragnar, in true Ragnar fashion, made everybody happy. I had an 8:00 AM flight the next morning, which I miraculously made, and then spent the next 22 hours en-route to Hong Kong. I don’t recommend that to anyone…

Road Trip! Buffalo, New York

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

In late March, Dan and Tina and I drove up to Buffalo for the opening of Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-Garde in the 1970s at Albright Knox Gallery. The show was curated by former Carnegie International assistant curator Heather Pesanti, and represents the culmination of three years’ intensive research. We came into the city from the south, and passed through Buffalo’s (post)industrial waterfront on our way to our hotel. I’ve seen a few abandoned steel mills in my day, but found the scale of Buffalo’s grain elevators astounding. Wish made a similar impression later that evening: all three of us were pretty well floored by the sheer scope of the show—which includes not only visual art, performance, and film, but literature and music as well—and the extraordinary roster of artists that have called Buffalo home.

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Fun in an exhibition (and letting interactive art get the best of us)

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I’m going through old travel photos, and these two bring back memories. On our first trip together with all three curators, to Frieze Art Fair in 2010, Tina and I went to the Hayward Gallery to see Move: Choreographing You. We got a bit tangled in the art. The exhibition was actually a lot of fun, and distinguished itself from the rash of recent interactive/audience-centered exhibitions by focusing on the idea of choreography, both explicitly and through sculptural installations.

 

Tokyo

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I just got back from a great two-week trip to Japan, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Along with eleven other contemporary art curators working in the US, we traveled to Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Naoshima, Takamatsu, and then back to Tokyo. After an all-too-brief trip to Yokohama this past October, I felt very lucky to have two weeks in Japan. Read more “after the jump,” as they say… (more…)