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Case in Point: Curator as In-House Artist

Tuesday, April 28, 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 two distinct institutions that offer creative freedom and operate as intimate curatorial models. Located in Mexico City and Paris, the organizations are site-specific, but not local. Their tightly-curated programs are both international and unique. Join Chris Sharp and Marc-Olivier Wahler as they consider questions such as: Do peripheral locations open up new avenues for creative freedom? Can boutique arts organizations compete with publicly-funded institutions? How does one balance international demands with local resources and tastes?

The event will be moderated by Jennifer Krasinski.

Chris Sharp will speak about Lulu an independent, Mexico City-based project space that he co-founded with the artist Martin Soto Climent. Lulu’s program focuses on introducing and promoting emerging international artists to a new audience in Mexico and generally in Latin America. They’ve exhibited the work of Lisa Oppenheim, Nina Canell, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Jochen Lempert, Michael E. Smith, and others.

Marc-Olivier Wahler will speak about the Chalet Society, a project designed to encourage new reflection on the contemporary art institution. Its mobile structure endeavors to develop formats that work on a variety of platforms, similarly to software capable of working with any hardware.The Chalet Society reacts to the boldest artistic settings and acts as a community space for artists, collectors, researchers, and other enthusiasts searching for “poetic consciousness” – an idea developed by Saul Wahl Katzenellenbogen, King of Poland crowned in 1587. He reigned for only one night, but it was sufficient time to pronounce several predictions and call for the dawn of poetic consciousness. Launched in October 2012, the Chalet Society has taken over a unique site in Paris: a 1000m² abandoned school provided by the Emerige Group

About the Speakers: Chris Sharp is a writer and independent curator based in Mexico City, where he co-runs, with the Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent, the project space Lulu. A selection of recent exhibitions and projects include the four part series of exhibitions The Registry of Promise at La Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, 2014; Le Parc St. Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France, 2014; Le Crédac, Ivry, France, 2014; and De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Holland; the 12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, entitled Le Mouvement, co-curated with Gianni Jetzer, 2014; and Manners of Matter, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, 2014. He is editor-at-large of Kaleidoscope magazine, a contributing editor of Art Review and Art-Agenda.

Marc-Olivier Wahler is an international curator, contemporary art critic and art historian who has organized over 400 exhibitions. He is the founder and director of Chalet Society, Paris, former director of Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006-2012), former director of Swiss Institute, New York (2000-2006), founding director of CAN, Neuchâtel (1995-2000), and founding editor of PALAIS Magazine. As an art critic, Marc-Olivier Wahler regularly writes on contemporary art and its theoretical problematic in international magazines, academic books, and exhibition catalogues. His most renowned publication is the art encyclopedia “From Yodeling to Quantum Physics in 5 Volumes.” His conferences in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North and South America primarily focus on the forms of the exhibitions, the ontology of the works, and the effect of the language used in the art world. In 2011, he was decorated as a Chevalier in the French Republic’s Order of Arts and Letters. In 2013, Wahler was awarded the Meret Oppenheim Prize, Switzerland’s highest cultural award in the contemporary arts.

Jennifer Krasinski (moderator) has written on the subject of art, film, video and performance for numerous publications such as, The Village Voice, Modern Painters, Art In America, Spike Art Quarterly, Bidoun, N+1 Film Review, and The Paris Review Blog. Her experimental fiction has appeared in journals such as Punk Planet, Joyland, Frozen Tears and MYTHM, edited by Trinie Dalton. She is the author of Prop Tragedies (Wrath of Dynasty Press, 2010) and is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Steinhardt School as well as the MFA Art Criticism and Writing program at The School of Visual Arts. She is a graduate of Vassar College, The Courtauld Institute of Art, and Art Center College of Design. She is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her forthcoming essay on the cultural critic, Jill Johnston.

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’ 14th semi-annual curatorial research trip.

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