The University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of the Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures program, Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art for the 2016-17 season.
Wednesday, April 12
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Vollum Drawing, Painting & Photography Building
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
This event is free and open to the public.
Oregon College of Art and Craft is pleased to present Diana Nawi of Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) as the speaker in the 2017 Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures program, Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art. Nawi will give a lecture that explores the importance of context, place, and history in creating a museum program, including a discussion of Nawi’s recent exhibitions and how they relate to larger questions of institution building.
Nawi is Associate Curator at PAMM, where she has curated exhibitions including John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night, Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, Iman Issa: Heritage Studies, and Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot. Nawi has organized newly commissioned projects with artists such as Yael Bartana, Nicole Cherubini, LOS JAICHACKERS, Shana Lutker, and Matthew Ronay.
Prior to joining PAMM, Nawi was the assistant curator for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s Abu Dhabi Project. In this role, she was centrally involved in the research and planning of the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a contemporary art museum in the United Arab Emirates. Nawi has a wide-ranging knowledge of contemporary art, with a particular expertise in art of the Americas and larger Middle East.
Nawi also served as the Marjorie Susman curatorial fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and a fellow at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2016, she curated EXPO Chicago’s popular IN/SITU sector, which brought large-scale installations and site specific works to the fair on Navy Pier and the surrounding Chicago area.
She completed her MA at the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and concurrently served as a curatorial fellow at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. She received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in art and a minor in art history and Chicana and Chicano Studies.
Photo courtesy of PAMM.org
SCULPTURE AS SUBSTANCE
Curator at Sculpture Center in Long Island City, New York
November 10, 2016
University of Oregon in Eugene
November 13, 2016
University of Oregon in Portland
Following artists who explore the malleability of materials and their implications—from the scientific to the social and political—this talk responds to the emergence of new material concerns in current art, grounding the discussion in the works of a key group of historical and new artists who use active substances in their works. The inclusion of living materials and sensory elements in contemporary artworks reflects a blurring of boundaries within the field of sculpture that challenges its definition in terms of site and scale, and focuses less on the subject depicted or content engaged, and more on the potential of its material makeup.
Ruba Katrib is curator at Sculpture Center in Long Island City, New York, where she has produced the group shows The Eccentrics (2015), Puddle, Pothole, Portal (2014) (co-curated with artist Camille Henrot), Better Homes (2013) and A Disagreeable Object (2012). Recent solo shows include exhibitions with Rochelle Goldberg (2016), Anthea Hamilton, Gabriel Sierra, Magali Reus, Michael E. Smith and Erika Verzutti (all 2015). Katrib’s previous post was as associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, she organized several acclaimed solo and group exhibitions.