May 13, 2013 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CCS Bard, Seminar Room 1
What is it that makes today’s solo exhibitions so different, so appealing?
The solo exhibition is conspicuously overlooked in the
voluminous literature on curatorial practice and the historiography of
exhibitions. This even though it plays a significant role in forming
the conventions of exhibition making since the 18th century. What
accounts for this repressed in curatorial discourse, as opposed to the
group or thematic exhibition, or the events of biennials and
international surveys? What issues, both practical and ideational,
logistical and methodological, is the solo exhibition explicitly
concerned with? How might a genealogy of the solo exhibition propose
the relevance and scope of this typology today?
João Ribas (b. 1979, Braga, Portugal) is Curator at the MIT List
Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was previously
Curator at The Drawing Center, in New York.
His recent exhibitions include In the Holocene, an exhibition on art and speculation spanning from the 19th to the 21st centuries, and exhibitions of the work of Amalia Pica, Joachim Koester, Akram Zaatari, Cheyney Thompson, The Otolith Group, Stan VanDerBeek, Otto Piene, Frances Stark, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Matt Mullican, among others. He has been a contributor to numerous publications including, Contemporary Art: From 1989 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Realism Materialism Art (CCS Bard, forthcoming). His recent publicationsinclude Cheyney Thompson (Walter Koenig); Otto Piene: Lichtballett (MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2012) and an edited volume of the writings of Frances Stark (MIT, 2010). He is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010).
João Ribas is Deputy Director and Senior Curator of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. He was previously Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (2009-2013), and Curator at The Drawing Center, New York (2007-2009).
He is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010). His writing has appeared in numerous books and publications such as Artforum, Mousse, Art in America, and ArtReview. His recent publications include Cheyney Thompson (Walter Koenig, 2013); Amalia Pica (MCA Chicago, 2013); Otto Piene: Lichtballett (MIT List, 2012) and an edited volume of the writings of Frances Stark (MIT List, 2010).
A visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide, he currently teaches at the Yale University School of Art, and has taught at School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).