Colloquy - Mixed Marriage: Artists, Curators, and the Exhibition
The role of the curator as a custodian of collections or coordinator of exhibitions has evolved into a much more expansive notion about curatorial practice that encompasses a range of untraditional strategies and alternative models. These changes have been particularly visible over the past 15 years in both standard and experimental exhibition spaces. As a result, curators have enjoyed an elevated status within the art world—their curatorial schema at times eclipsing the artwork itself. Although evened out to some extent, distinctions between artist (producer) and curator (facilitator) have indelibly shifted blurring the roles of each. Equally visible, is the glut of recent biennales and other perennial exhibitions that have exploded across the globe and have positioned themselves as experimental and generative platforms for new forms and ways of thinking about exhibitions. This panel will consider these issues, debate their relevance, and examine the direction of current curatorial practice.
Colloquy is a bi-monthly series of panel discussions aimed at addressing big picture questions facing the art world in Los Angeles today. The inaugural project of then/and, an independent curatorial initiative launched in 2012 by writer, critic, and curator Holly Myers, Colloquy seeks to provide a platform for intelligent debate concerning issues affecting artists, art professionals, and the nature of art production in southern California—one contingent not an any individual exhibition or institution, but on the participation of the community at large. To these ends, Colloquy welcomes recommendations. If there is a topic you would like to see explored, please email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.