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Unscripted Bal Harbour, the program I curate for Bal Harbour Village hosted an incredible talk with artist Mark Dion and PAMM curator Rene Morales. Mark is truly brilliant and not only explained his practice, specifically his engagement with Fieldwork, but also led the audience through a dialogue of encounters that informed his social practice. Im a huge fan!
Last week I travelled to MARTE Museum in San Salvador to meet LA artist RETNA whose upcoming show is planned at the Museum in March 2014, his cousin Bobby and collector/ MARTE contemporary supporter Mario Cader-Frech. Together we went to the opening of Karl Haendel’s exhibition at MARTE museum and we visited Ronald Moran, Simon Vega and a number of other studios. I’m blown away by the work being made by artist in San Salvador…
The research I did was really useful for our upcoming publication. Shhhh….. More soon
Its my second year working as the curator of Unscripted Bal Harbour public art program. For Art Basel Miami this year we invited Robert Wennett and Robert Chambers to speak about their perceptions of Order and Art.
Robert Wennett has spent his career redeveloping properties and transforming cities including New York and Miami , his most recent 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage and retail development designed by Herzog and de meuron in Miami Beach has become a symbol worldwide for good design and urban planning.
Robert Chambers is best known for his large public sculptures that marry science and art —forcing both categories in to what he describes as a “realm of senselessness and chaos ” to encourage disparate associations to function together.
The talk was insightful and inspiring with guests lounging in the gorgeous Saint Regis bar.
For the past year and a half I’ve been working with (RED) to produce a design auction to raise money for the fight against AIDS. Curated by Sir Jony Ive, (Apple Inc) and designer Marc Newson, the auction featured 44 amazing objects.
Well, on November 23 the evening finally came and to our absolute amazement we raised over 13.1 million dollars. Matched by the Gates Foundation dollar for dollar this amount doubled to 26.2 million.
We truly could not have wished for a better result. Im honored to have worked with Bono, Jony, Marc, (RED) and Sotheby’s on this incredible project.
The proceeds of the auction go to The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Friday, October 18 at 7pm
I joined Miami colleagues for an hour-long panel discussion on what it means to work as a curator in the Miami “community”. The discussion was expertly moderated by Silvia Karman Cubina, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum of Art, and elaborated on the our current interests, roles within their institutions, and how their practice is affected by being in Miami. Being the only independent curator was interesting as my role is different to that of curators working within institutions. My role often merges with other job titles, my interface with the public art commissioning and business world is immediate and my concerns are often more practical than theoretical. Definitely pro’s and con’s to both.
Jose Diaz, Bass Museum of Art
Bryan Granger, Bass Museum of Art
Elizabeth Shannon, Bass Museum of Art
Alex Gartenfeld, MOCA
Diana Nawi, Perez Art Museum Miami
Tobias Ostrander, Perez Art Museum Miami
Rene Morales, Perez Art Museum Miami
Susan Caraballo, ArtCenter/South Florida
Claire Breukel, Independent Curator
Chana B. Sheldon, Locust Projects
Silvia Barisione, Wolfsonian-FIU
Matthew Abess, Wolfsonian-FIU
Christian Larsen, Wolfsonian-FIU
This year I attended the Sommerakademie (or Summer Academy) in Bern Swizterland for the 6 year (except for last year I couldn’t make it). Curators, writers and museum professionals come from all over the world to meet 10 “fellows” selected for the program. Two years ago I was a fellow myself and was joined by some incredible artists and curators. This year was personally very special as the program promised a strong South African contingent. Sue Williamson, who was a mentor to me when I was 14 and who impacted my work in the arts ever since, was this year’s Summer Academy curator.
Not only this, the artist I nominated for the program, Jillian Mayer, was selected for the program. Lastly, one of my all-time favorite video artists Candice Breitz, was at the academy giving a talk about her work.
My thanks goes to Jacqueline Burkhardt, The BKEB Bank and the Paul Klee Museum for hosting me for yet another year–AND Sabina and Daniel (aka L/B) for introducing me to the academy.