Archive for the ‘Travels’ Category

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…

Oi, Inhotim

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The night before my trip to Instituto Inhotim, I flew into Belo Horizonte, the nearest city in the southeastern region of Brazil known as Minas Gerais. The next morning’s journey southward began on a big highway that led to small windy, dusty streets through the town of Brumadinho, to the gates of a former farm now home to Brazil’s largest contemporary art sculpture park-cum-botanical garden. Although normally packed with visitors on the weekends, Inhotim was quiet—it was Mother’s Day. Good for me because there was lots to see. I met my guide Juliana at the visitors center just before 10 AM with the stated desire to see everything. She looked doubtful, but we would try. We set off with a quick pace over a small bridge on a green lake dotted with white swans. I’m not too familiar with the indigenous natural landscape of Brazil (it was only my second trip), but as much as it was beautiful, I could tell this was likely not natural. Indeed, nothing about Inhotim is quite natural, and that is just the beauty of it.

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Filmoteka Launched out of Warsaw

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Yael Bartana Walls and Towers

Wow, this is really something special. Just a few days ago, the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw launched an online collection of Polish film and video: Filmoteka. It’s all there— digitized, catalogued by artist, and accessible by the click of a button. (Thanks to Tate film curator Stuart Comer for pointing this out in his talk at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art last night.) You will remember names like Paweł Althamer, Katarzyna Kozyra, Wilhelm Sasnal, and Mirosław Bałka from past Carnegie Internationals. But check out the long list of films by Artur Żmijewski and Zbigniew Libera as well as Yael Bartana, Joanna Malinowska, Wojciech Bąkowski, and Anna Molska. The Lawrenceville Apartment needs to host a night of screenings, stat!

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…)