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Case in Point: Bringing the World Home

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00PM Admission: 10 NIS. Free for Friends of the CCA The panel will be held in English.

Artis and the Center for Contemporary Art are pleased to co-present an evening exploring curatorial models for working internationally in a post-multicultural world. Three distinguished speakers, Erin Gleeson, Jay Levenson, and Yara Sonseca Mas will share their strategies for creating meaningful exchange between a localized cultural context and the international art world. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by CCA Curator Chen Tamir that will address questions such as: What can foreign cultural producers bring to local communities and what dangers are embedded in such exchange? How does international reporting on cultural-specific contexts shape local dialogue around the world? What can we learn from large-scale historical models of cultural outsourcing?

Gleeson will introduce two interconnected non-profit initiatives for contemporary art in Phnom Penh: SA SA BASSAC, a gallery and reading room with a dynamic public program, and Sa Sa Art Projects, a community-based, knowledge-sharing platform with an archive room, school, and residency. She will critically reflect on site though site-specific ideas and strategies of local-regional-international mediation in curatorial practice, focusing on the residency programs.

Levenson will discuss the Museum of Modern Art’s International Program that was founded in 1952, at the height of the Cold War, to share its collections and also to promote and circulate American avant-garde art around the world. Today, the program fosters international exchange through a variety of programs, including scholarly workshops, the translation of key historical texts, and research travel initiatives, with a focus on underrepresented areas such as Fluxus in Eastern Europe, modernism in South America, and performance in Asia.

Yara Sonseca Mas will discuss La Casa Encendida, a private nonprofit multidisciplinary centre devoted to contemporary culture in the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés, Madrid. Through a selection of recent exhibitions and programs, she will describe how the institution integrates local communities by involving artists and curators in the neighborhood while staying sensitive to the international art scene.

About the Speakers Erin Gleeson is a curator and writer from Minneapolis. Based in Cambodia since 2002, she is the co-founding Artistic Director of SA SA BASSAC. Some recent curatorial works include Satellite Program 8, Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC, Bordeaux (2014-2015), and in 2013: FIELDS, An Itinerant Inquiry Across the Kingdom of Cambodia, Sight and Sounds: Global Video Art, The Jewish Museum, NYC, 4th Singapore Biennale, and IN RESIDENCE, the visual art program of Season of Cambodia, NYC. Recent published works have appeared in South As A State of Mind and ARTCO, and numerous exhibition catalogs. She was a nominee for Independent Vision Award, Independent Curator’s International (2012), recipient of the FFAI Travel Grant (2013), and will undertake a curatorial residency with Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2014).

Jay A. Levenson has since 1996 been the Director of the International Program at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he coordinates the museum’s relations with institutions in other countries. Prior to that he was Dputy Director for Program Administration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, where he helped prepare such major exhibitions as Africa: The Art of a Continent and China: 5000 Years. He has served as guest curator for a number of exhibitions, including Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration (1991) and The Age of the Baroque in Portugal (1993) for the National Gallery of Art, and Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries (2007) for the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and awarded a Ph.D. in art history by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, he has held positions both as a curator and museum administrator and as an attorney.

Yara Sonseca Mas is an art historian and head of exhibitions at La Casa Encendida, a private non-for-profit multidisciplinary centre focused on contemporary culture, environmental, and social issues. She has curated solo and site-specific projects for the institution and is currently curating the upcoming exhibition on José Antonio Suárez Londoño. Sonseca Mas has also organized exhibitions and publications devoted to Antonin Artaud, John Cage, Louise Bourgeois, Arthur Rimbaud, Joseph Kosuth, Andy Warhol, among others.

This panel is part of the Case in Point series co-organized by the CCA and Artis, an independent nonprofit organization that broadens international awareness and understanding of contemporary art from Israel. The panelists are taking part in Artis’ 13th semi-annual curatorial research trip.

Image: Vuth Lyno, Rise and Fall, 2012. Courtesy the artist and SA SA BASSAC

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