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Case in Point: Curating in Global Context

Artis and the Center for Contemporary Art will host a panel on curating in a global context, with presentations by three leading curators: Lauri Firstenberg (LA>Tessa Jackson (Iniva, London), and Sandhini Poddar (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Each curator filters international contemporary art through the programming of their respective venues, offering models for contextualizing global developments within these specific contexts. All three participants will present their work, followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by CCA Curator Chen Tamir.

Firstenberg, Jackson, and Poddar have been invited to participate in Artis’Ninth Curatorial Research Trip to Israel, taking place from October 23-29. Artis is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization that supports and promotes contemporary visual artists from Israel internationally. Founded in 2004, Artis is based in New York with activities in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.

Lauri Firstenberg is the founding Director/Curator of LA><ART, Los Angeles’ leading independent nonprofit contemporary art space supporting and presenting experimental exhibitions, public art initiatives, and publications with emerging and mid-career local, national, and international artists.  She was the co-director of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival with Glenn Phillips, a collaboration between the Getty and LA><ART; Made in LA, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA>The Occasional to be launched in 2015 with a curatorial team as a platform for newly commissioned works in experimental sites throughout Los Angeles. Firstenberg was formerly the Assistant Director/Curator of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the Schindler House in Los Angeles, and Curator of Artists Space, New York.

Tessa Jackson is Chief Executive of Iniva, the Institute of International Visual Arts in London, an organization that explores the diversity of society through the visual arts. She is a curator, writer and policy adviser. She was the founding Artistic Director of Artes Mundi, Wales’ International Visual Art Exhibition and Prize, a role she held from 2002-10, while running her own consultancy, International Cultural Development. She was co-author of the Review of the Presentation of the Contemporary Visual Arts, which led to Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy Turning Point (2006) and as Director of the Scottish Arts Council (1999-2001) she contributed to Scotland’s first National Cultural Strategy. As Director at Arnolfini, Bristol (1991 – 1999) and throughout her career she has curated a range of significant exhibitions and projects. Jackson has been awarded an Order of the British Empire for services to art.

Sandhini Poddar is an independent curator and art historian currently based in Mumbai, India. Until recently, she was Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York where she developed and strengthened the museum’s global Asian Art Program through international exhibitions, scholarly publications, acquisitions, and public programs focusing on modern and contemporary Asian art. She is continuing her association with the Guggenheim in an adjunct capacity, working on special Asia-based projects and is a member of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Curatorial Working Group. Poddar was the curator of Anish Kapoor’s monumental commission Memory (2008) for the Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank, as well as the groundbreaking group exhibition, Being Singular Plural, which analyzed sound and moving image-based practices from across India. This event is generously sponsored by Artis.

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