curators spotlight

on view: January 21 - March 26, 2017

In 2014 we launched an initiative to provide a platform for curators looking for opportunities to workshop unrealized ideas for exhibitions, and now we're bringing it back!

This program supports curators by helping develop exhibitions from conception to realization and providing critical professional development over a nine-month period. The program creates a unique opportunity to support curators with new and inventive ideas as well as the creation and presentation of new work by emerging artists.

Curators Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Betsy Johnson, Katy Scarlett, and Ann Tarantino have been invited to each create a distinct group exhibition employing the themes of their choice.

They will write a curatorial essay that will be available as part of each exhibition and in an accompanying catalog. Additionally, curators will attend three workshops in preparation for their shows.

These working meetings will include a kick-off event; a session with established curators to workshop ideas; a session with accomplished writers to help shape their curatorial essays; and an opportunity to discuss exhibition design and logistics with our staff.

Finally, AAC will host an event for this exhibition during which each curator will give a gallery talk. The opening reception for Curators Spotlight will take place February 11, 2017, and all are encouraged to attend this highly anticipated exhibition!

download the catalog here

The Curators Spotlight features four concurrent, yet distinct exhibitions by four curators:

Let me look at you
Curated by Katy Scarlett

Let me look at you features work by artists who deal with the relationship between power and the human body. By outlining our fragility, and in some cases, the body’s vulnerability to both physical and emotional violence, these works interrogate structures of authority according to race, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic position. Altogether, the works within this exhibition operate from an uneasy space of acknowledging mass objectification while still attempting to depart from coded histories of power inherent in representation of the body.

Minding the Hand
Curated by Betsy Johnson

Art is a product of labor. This labor can take many forms: physical, conceptual, collaborative, independent, results-driven, compulsive, repetitive, and inventive, to name but a few. In the information era, the relationship between physical labor and value has become more and more problematic with the outsourcing of manual labor and the rise of technology that has dramatically changed our relationship to the physical world. In the face of these changes, the artists involved in this exhibition have chosen to continue labor-intensive, hands-on practices that are deeply rooted in materiality and physical experience. They strongly believe in the transformative power of making to organize chaos, fill voids, and create synergy among people and things.

Click Here
Curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell

In the world of retweets, regrams and now reactions, we are ever constant consumers of material culture in the ever-expanding chasm of the internet, including art. As the internet continues to grow, taking root in and changing all aspects of life, so changes art. Where high artistic achievement was once defined in strictly academic terms, now we see a democratization of the field throughout all the absurd realms of the World Wide Web. So what does it mean to be an artist in the age of the internet? Eight artists explore the organic, commoditized, and fabricated experiences where the lens of various web-based happenings, engagements, and absurdity play a major role.

Curated by Ann Tarantino

SEEP explores the ways in which contemporary artists use water in their work, whether as subject matter, medium, or both. Water, in its myriad forms and interpretations—whether as a source of visual inspiration, a substance with social and political implications, or the actual stuff of art itself—is at the root of all the work in the exhibition. Taken together, the works offer a fuller understanding of how contemporary artists respond to, visualize, interpret, conceptualize, and see water today.