Monday, May 13, 2013

Talk at CCS Bard


SPEAKERS SERIES: JOÃO RIBAS

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 publications include 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).