Wednesday, July 25, 2007


curator: paul mchale; artist: jose muchaypina

the two pieces above are from apexart's "the most curatorial biennial of the universe."

the idea behind the new york gallery/organization's "biennial" was to have an open call for curators to submit pieces for the show and then sell them via online auction. they seem to have selected something like 250 curators, with each submitting one or two works. so, as the press release even hedges, the show is "extremely varied" — but there are a few interesting pieces.

it's up until aug. 11 if you live in nyc, and I assume that's when the online auctions end as well. I'm not sure how I feel about an exhibition that combines two things generally hurting the art market (the "anyone can be a curator" syndrome and eBay-style online art auctioning), but I try to be open to new ideas ... and they say the money will be going to charity.

[found via Vulture — NY mag's culture blog]


Anonymous Anonymous said...


this is something separate, but important to the community -- especially if ann is still leaving soon (don't miss aug 4 opening at yacht club). there'll be one less voice to advocate such things, and one less platform to post them.

what's described below happens in different ways throughout museums across the country, whether it's chicago's mca doing 12x12 with local artists every month, or the museum of toledo doing it once a year. museums are becoming more and more active in their own art communities. st. louis is doing something really pro-active, and if only we could have something like it here:

Call For Artists - Visiting Critics and Curators Coming to Town Again

ST. LOUIS, MO.- Each year, as part of its mission to promote the local arts community, the St. Louis Contemporary invites internationally renowned critics and curators to St. Louis. During his or her stay, each distinguished guest arranges studio visits with local artists, is introduced to local writers, curators, as well as area art galleries and institutions, and delivers a free public lecture at the Contemporary.

The Emerson Visiting Critics and Curators series provides an important opportunity for artists in St. Louis to have their work reviewed by internationally renowned critics and curators, while working to raise the visibility of St. Louis as an exciting and important cultural center.

This year, the Contemporary presents Nato Thompson, Curator at Creative Time in New York. Since joining Creative Time in February 2007, Thompson has been an important collaborator for an institution committed to producing new public art in New York City.

If you are an artist and would like to apply for a studio visit by Nato Thompson, please visit the Contemporary website for submission details.

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it could. We tried, a group of us (including Ann) met with the MOCAD board before they opened their doors just to discuss such things. We even brought a letter expressing our hopes. MOCAD said they could've written the letter themselves, that they were committed to Detroit's art community as a partner in their project.

I'm not bringing this up now to throw in their faces. This isn't really about MOCAD anymore. They're probably a decade away from being an institution with real meaning or focus. But I offer it up again to perhaps rally people to become pro-active for such a challenge yet to be met here.

The Letter:

April 12, 2006

Dear MOCAD, For the last twenty-five years at least, there has been a lack of recognition and institutional support for Detroit-based art.

We live in a global marketplace for art, so any effort to break down any old notions of regionalism is a good thing. MOCAD will not simply make its mark by recycling global art here, but by including the best of Detroit's in that mix.

We need to be reminded that Detroit doesn't need to be isolated anymore, that we will not succeed as an arts' venue merely on the quality of visiting art. It is not sufficient to just import good art. For real success at MOCAD, the talent here also needs to garner attention, to be written about, to be visible, and to be seen in a global context as well. In turn this will give both Detroit and MOCAD a distinct art context of their own.

For any art community to flourish, it has to feed itself. It creates a contemporary museum that serves out-of-town fare along with local dishes. This in turn creates a dialogue between a complex of artists and art communities.

MOCAD hopefully will develop this active and critical dialogue about culture in our city in concert with that of the world. A dialogue we hope that will be ongoing, inclusive and participatory.

Thank you.

Through MOCAD, different kinds of artists using different mediums will be encouraged to exhibit here and share ideas with Detroit’s artists, all in pursuit of a shared voice, a voice that then allows us to connect with each other, back and forward.

1:52 AM  
Blogger art blogs are fun said...

hey everyone -
we decided to push back the opening at yacht club gallery because we have some big installations to assemble and also we thought we would catch more people in town

REHAB - opening, August 25, 6-10pm

Hope to see everyone at the last show! Mark your calenders!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Mark Creegan said...

These efforts on the part of local artists to have a more engaged relationship with the local institutions is happening everywhere. We here in Jacksonville, FL are undergoing the same struggles. I came accross the St Louis Contemporary's programs a few months ago in my research as well. They are an amazing model to be sure.

My town is nowhere near Detroit in terms of contemp art. We have a Contemporary Art Museum as well but thats it. Only one gallery worth noting. And we also lack the important school progams (also no MFA here). We have many empty downtown properties that could be great alternate spaces, but developers just sit on them waiting for the next Starbucks. Lots o strikes against us but we keep having meetings as well and try to inch our way to change. Hang in there!

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is so much that needs to be done, where do you start though? The state of affairs in Detroit (+Michigan economy) can be so overwhelming to people who want to enact positive change.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw this article today in the Wall Street Journal and thought you might be interested (as it's about collecting and mentions Cranbrook, etc.)

Wasn't sure where to send it, so I'm posting it here:

5:47 PM  

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