Monday Night 03.17.03 — Curatorial Series — Kate Green + Frank Motz

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Monday Night 03.17.03 — Curatorial Series — Kate Green + Frank Motz
1. About this Monday
2. Kate Green — “Street Level”
3. Frank Motz — ACC Weimar + Hall 14 Leipzig
4. About Curatorial Series
quick note:
a. some of you may not have received the full version
of this week’s event calendar, if that is the case
as always you can find a version online at
1. About this Monday
when: Monday at 7:00 pm
where: 16 beaver street, 5th floor
who: all are welcome
Continuing our curatorial series, on what has worked out to look more and
more like the eve of Bush’s war on Iraq, we have invited Kate Green and
Frank Motz to discuss their curatorial practice and some recent projects.
We hope you can join us for what should be an interesting
discussion/evening. We should also note that several of the artists from
Kate’s show at Bard will be on hand to discuss the themes in her recent
Moreover, 16Beaver may be participating in an upcoming project being
organize in Leipzig at Hall 14, so for those who may be interested in
taking part in what gets organized, it would be a nice introduction.
2. Kate Green — “Street Level”
I am hoping to stage a discussion based on issues raised by the exhibition
“Street Level” featuring artists Eric Benson, Ester Partegas, Michael
Rakowitz, Stephanie Diamond, and Phoebe Washburn opening at the Center for
Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) on March
16 and running through March 30. The works by these artists highlight
aspects of the city which often are under-noticed. They are calling
attention to what goes on on the city streets. The work empahsizes the
importance of daily aspects of the city that are often “marginalized” in
decriptions of the urban experience. The works suggest that the storefronts
on the lower east side are just as important as the skyscrapers in midtown.
The exhibition raises questions about socially engaged art. Is it useful to
draw distinctions between work that is politically engaged from inside the
institution versus work that exists outside of the institution? Is one
model or the other more politically effective? Does “frame-based” work
(such as the work in the exhibition) that circulates within the artmarket
have as much political potential as work that rejects the market? How does
the contemporary moment/cultural climate play a role in determining what
models are particularly effective? Should it? Curator Kate Green and
artists Eric Benson, Ester Partegas, Michael Rakowitz, Stephanie Diamond,
and Phoebe Washburn discuss these issues.
The works in Street Level highlight diverse aspects of the city. Artists
Erik Benson, Stephanie Diamond, Ester Partegàs, Michael Rakowitz, and
Phoebe Washburn aren’t criticizing what they see on the streets, but
instead encouraging awareness and appreciation of the urban experience.
Curator Kate Green says, “The artists are interested in what we look at
and what we overlook, whom we talk to and whom we ignore, where we sit and
where we avoid.”
more info about all the Bard exhibitions is available
on this week’s event calendar.
3. Frank Motz — ACC Weimar + Hall 14 Leipzig
Frank Motz is the Founder/Director of the ACC-Galerie Weimar, a non-profit
space in which he has maintained an international exhibition and studio
program for 15 years. In 2001, Frank was also a fellow at the Withney
Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York. He also
worked as a researcher for the Whitney Biennial.
He will be discussing his work at the ACC-Galerie Weimar and introduce
upcoming projects in ACC Gallery Weimar as well as projects at Hall 14 …a
recently opened art space in Leipzig in a former Industrial Complex of a
Cotton Spinning Mill. Among his recent projects was a Symposium at Hall
14, which was engaged with how architecture can think socially. This
coming July, Frank will be working on a project about art activists,
socially engaged artsits activities in United States.
4. About the Curatorial Series
We have over the last few years invited a variety of artists, curators,
activists, writers, and thinkers to present and discuss their work/ideas.
In this series, we have attempted to give some framework to these ongoing
discussions by focusing on specific curatorial interventions and the
ideas that inform them.