John Daquino is an independent curator and writer. He is a graduate of the Masters program in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Criticism, and Theory at Purchase College and of the Bachelors Photography program at the School of Visual Arts. He will soon enroll in the PhD Art History program at University of Arizona, looking to major in the history of photography and minor in modern / contemporary art.
Curatorial Curriculum Vitae
2006-2008 Purchase College, Purchase, NY
Master of Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism, and Theory, with Honors (GPA 4.02)
--Dr. Noel S. and Richard B. Frackman Award for Graduate Thesis Paper, which focused on the relationship between Bruce Nauman and Samuel Beckett in terms of tragicomedy and existentialism.
--Dr. Noel S. and Richard B. Frackman Institutional Scholarship.
--Coursework included 19th Century Art, German Art: 1900-Present, History and Theory of Modern Art, Pop Art and Mass Culture, Critical Issues in Contemporary Art, and History of Experimental Theater.
1999-2003 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Related Media, with Honors (GPA 3.61)
--School of Visual Arts Mentor Series, paired with Stephano Basilico, former gallerist and curator of New School University art collection, New York, NY.
--Coursework included History of Photography, Contemporary Photography: 1960-Present, History of Video Art, History of Avant-Garde Film, and technical courses on traditional and digital photography, film, and video.
2010 Tragic Sense of Life, Fine Art Gallery of Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
2008 Appropriate(d) Vision Stimulation, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2008 Komar and Melamid: Super Objects - Super Comfort for Super People, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2005 The True Mirror, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
2004 Hybrid, The Dancing Goat, South Orange, NJ
2004 Underexposed 6, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
2002 John Knows Best, The Annex (owned by Whitebox) New York, NY
2002 Underexposed 18, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Community Arts Projects:
2008 Eco-Fun: Kites are for Peace and Love (A Social Engagement with SUNY Purchase), Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2006 Kites are for Peace and Love: A Social Engagement with the Town of Peekskill, Peekskill Project, Peekskill, NY
Press of Curatorial Projects:
2008 The New York Times, Skewering Soviet Dogma and Consumerism, Too, Benjamin Genocchio
2005 The New York Times, Searching for an Identity in Newark, Benjamin Genocchio
2004 www.fallonandrosof.com/artblog, Genre Cross Dressing, Roberta Fallon
2004 The Philadelphia Weekly, Brushes with Greatness, Roberta Fallon
2004 The Star Ledger, A Blend of Media, Mitchell Seidel
2010 Tragic Sense of Life, gallery talks based on the exhibition I curated under the same title, Fine Art Gallery of Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
2008 Komar and Melamid's Super Objects - Super Comfort for Super People, gallery talk based on the exhibition I curated under the same title, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2007 Common Ground, a moderated discussion between three artists in regards to contemporary public art and politics, Fine Art Gallery of Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
2006 The Animal Within, a curated slide night, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Selected Published Writings:
2008 Exhibition review of Nathalie Djurberg @ Zach Feur Gallery, New York, NY, Dec. 11, 2008 - Jan. 24, 2009, published online at Art Slant
2008 Towards a New Societal Paradigm, essay published in the book, Decentre: Concerning Artist-Run Culture/à propos de centres d’artistes, YYZBOOKS, Toronto, Canada
2007 Public Art in the Expanded Field, introductory essay for the exhibition, Common Ground, Oct. 22 - Nov. 24, 2007, Fine Art Gallery of Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
2007 Eight introductory didactics printed in the exhibition pamphlet, Miniaturizing Modernism: Richard Pettibone Paints the Neuberger’s Rickey Collection, Sept. 02, 2007 - Jan. 06, 2008, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2007 Transcending Tourism: The Transcontinental Art of Steven P. Perkins, published in conjunction with the exhibition, Thai Lifestyle Art Project: Steven P Perkins: A Visual Alchemist, Jun. 28, 2007 to Jul. 15, 2007, Teo+Namfah Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand