Visiting curators in conjunction with Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures
Krist Gruijthuijsen, Alex Klein, Mark Nash
Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 PM, 2017

The Or Gallery is pleased to partner with the Vancouver Art Gallery to present talks by three international curators who are visiting Vancouver on the occasion of the exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. Please join us Wednesday, March 22 at 5:30pm for short presentations followed by questions and a small reception for the curators.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

Krist Gruijthuijsen is curator, and director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) since July 2016. He has been artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz from 2012 until 2016 and is course director of the MA fine arts department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam since 2011. He is one of the co-founding directors of Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organized a numerous amount of exhibitions and projects over the past decade, including Manifesta 7 (Trentino-South Tyrol,IT), Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul), Artists Space (New York, US), Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade, RS), Swiss Institute (New York, US), Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo, BR), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, NL), Arnolfini (Bristol, UK), Project Arts Centre (Dublin, IE), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, US), and Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, AU).

Gruijthuijsen has produced, edited and published extensively in numerous collaborations with JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag, Sternberg Press, Mousse Publishing Printed Matter, Inc., Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König and Kunstverein Publishing. Recent publications are amongst others MIERLE LADERMAN UKELESSEVEN WORK BALLETS (Sternberg Press, 2015), VINCENT FECTEAU (Sternberg Press, 2015), WRITINGS AND CONVERSATIONS BY DOUG ASHFORD (Mousse Publishing, 2014), LISA OPPENHEIM: WORKS 2003–2013 (Sternberg Press, 2014), THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FICTIONAL ARTISTS AND THE ADDITION (JRP|Ringier, 2010), NICHOLAS MANGAN: LIMITS TO GROWTH (Sternberg Press, 2016), THE ANTI-MUSEUM – An anthology by Mathieu Copeland and Balthasar Lorvay (Fri Art & Koenig Books, London, 2017), and several others under the umbrella of Kunstverein Publishing.

Alex Klein is the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (ICA). Her most recent projects at ICA include the exhibition Myths of the Marble (spring 2017) co-curated with Milena Hoegsberg and co-organized with the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway and the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute. Previous exhibitions at ICA include Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015), the first major survey of the artist’s work; Consider the Belvedere: Tamara Henderson and Julia Feyrer (2015); AVANT-GARDEner: Ian Hamilton Finlay (2014, co-curated with Lynne Farrington); Vishal Jugdeo: An Education in the Logic of Leaves (2014); Excursus I-IV featuring Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, and Primary Information (2011­–2013); and First Among Equals (2012, co-curated with Kate Kraczon). She also recently served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-organized with Tina Kukielski the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel (2015) and co-edited the publication Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision (CMOA, 2015). Her writing has been published in numerous collections, including Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016), The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press/CCS Bard, 2013), How Soon Is Now? (LUMA, 2012), and the critical volume on photography Words Without Pictures (LACMA/Aperture, 2010), which she also edited. Previously she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is co-founder with Mark Owens of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions.

Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer, until recently Head of Department Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art London. Before the RCA he helped establish the International Centre for Fine Art Research at the University of the Arts, London. In 2015 -16 he was a Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University Singapore Centre for Contemporary Art.

As a curator Nash has collaborated extensively with Okwui Enwezor on The Arena project at the Venice Biennial 2015, including an epic live reading of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital; ‘The Short Century’ exhibition and Documenta11, (both 2002) and also with Ute Meta Bauer on the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004). He has also collaborated with artist Isaac Julien on numerous film and art projects.
He has written extensively on artist’s work with the moving image – especially in his curated exhibitions ‘Experiments with Truth’ (Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2004-5) and ‘One Sixth of the Earth, ecologies of image’ at ZKM, Karlsruhe and MUSAC, Leon (2012-13). This latter continued to explore the artistic legacy of the formerly socialist countries, first explored in ‘Reimagining October’ at Calvert 22 (2009), (curated with Isaac Julien) and continued with this Red Africa publication and the Things Fall Apart exhibition. Together with Joshua Jiang he has curated a major international exhibition Yingxiang/The Shadow Never Lies, M21: 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai (2016).

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