In conjunction with the exhibition Silvia Kolbowski: A Few Howls Again, the workshop Making Arguments in Space workshop will explore strategies of critical curating with a focus on spatial dialogues. Rather than asking, do these art works illustrate my argument? This workshop will ask, how can you foreground an artist’s intent? What are the politics of exhibition? How are material stories told? What are curatorial ethics?
This workshop will assist participants in defining their own curatorial practice that is actively engaged in the politics of display. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, examples, and in-progress projects to the workshop, as this will enrich the dialogue. This program is open to all interested in curating, but will be geared towards emerging curators.
Please note that COVID-19 related safety measures will be in effect, including a reduced capacity workshop, the mandatory masking of all participants*, an effort to remain 6ft away from each other throughout the workshop and guided tour of Silvia Kolbowski: A Few Howls Again exhibition and additional sanitary precautions. If you have questions or concerns, kindly e-mail Leila Fatemi, Curator of Education and Community Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Participants who are not feeling well prior to the workshop are urged to stay home, refunds will be issued for anyone unable to attend due to being unwell.
Magdalyn Asimakis is a curator and writer. She has organized exhibitions and programs in Toronto and New York, and co-founded the project space and collective ma ma in 2018. Her curatorial practice began in Toronto where she held positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Wedge Curatorial Projects, and continued in New York where she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and completed a research placement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with Queen’s University, where she is a PhD student. There, her academic research focuses on the display practices of museums curating global modernisms. Her writing has been published in art magazines such as Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, Artforum and Canadian Art Magazine, as well as museum publications for the New Museum and SFMoMA.
Image Credit: Installation of the exhibition That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on: The Kitchen, New York, 2017. Works depicted left to right: Silvia Kolbowski, A Few Howls Again (2008-9), and Julia Phillips, Regulator (2014).