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ArtSlant Curator´s Open
Curated by: Manus Groenen

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Avenue
60611 Chicago
September 8th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014

Michigan Ave/Downtown


ArtSlant is very pleased to announce that Manus Groenen'sexhibition, Cryptographics: a tribute to the Voynich Manuscript  will be on view today at EXPO CHICAGO's vernissage at Navy Pier, and throughout the weekend. Cryptographics is curated by Manus Groenen, curator with Locatie Z, an art critic and a member of the Fontys Art Collection project team in the Netherlands.

Many thanks to our jurors, Patricia Courson, Audrey Illouz and Maiza Hixson for their attention and involvement with this project. And, of course, many thanks to all who applied to Curator's Open. There were many excellent submissions that embodied the goals of this project to invoke a novel model of arts curation. 

Curator's Open is a different model of fair curation.

Some see curators as being too distant from the practice of art, or even worse, as "curating friends," but we at ArtSlant see another pervasive trend at work: the artist-curator. Due to financial and spatial restraints, many artists find themselves in the position of curator. Constructing an exhibit, thinking spatially, selecting, placing and exhibiting are becoming necessary aspects of an artistic practice.

This, we believe, goes hand in hand with a wealth of highly educated young artists that are now beginning to produce their first shows. A comprehensive arts education takes into account not only an artist's practice, but the context of that practice and its exposition. With this context being a discursive object now, it is up to the artist to incorporate it within their practice.

We hope Curator's Open provides an opportunity for these hybrid artists to experiment within an established art market venue.

ArtSlant's first Curator's Open invited all curators and artists to apply to curate our booth at EXPO CHICAGO this September. The winning curator was selected by our panel of influential curators including Independent Curator Audrey Illouz and Maiza Hixson, the DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art. Our panel is overseen by EXPO CHICAGO's Director of Programming, Patricia Courson. Read more about the panelists here.


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