Please join us for the third Curatorial Lecture in the 2020-2021 series on the theme of "Working with Space" by Karen Archey. The lecture will be held online on Thursday 4 February at 20h(CET).
In this lecture Karen Archey will discuss her exhibition "After Institutions” at the Stedelijk, which has indefinitely been postponed due to COVID-19. The point of departure of the exhibition was to explore the state of public institutions, their economic degradation, and the role of the art institution as the last vestige of intellectual public space and a space for assembly. One of the key topics of the exhibition was the notion of care, both in terms of the constantly devolving state of the health care industry throughout the West and its relationship to institutions and the idea of the artist being a "producer" who must be healthy and able enough to be able to "produce," and participate in the field. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the story of the exhibition has only become more complex as pre-existing issues of the weakened welfare state have gotten worse, and the the ability to assemble has become further under threat.
About Karen Archey
Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She is an American curator and art critic formerly based in Berlin and New York. At the Stedelijk, Archey is responsible for the contemporary art and time-based media collections. Since joining the museum in 2017, Archey has organized solo exhibitions by artists Rineke Dijkstra, Stefan Tcherepnin, Catherine Christer Hennix, Steffani Jemison, Jeff Preiss, and Metahaven, as well as the group exhibition Freedom of Movement: the 2018 Municipal Art Acquisitions. She is currently working toward solo exhibitions by artists Charlotte Prodger and Hito Steyerl. Within the Stedelijk’s performance program Archey has recently commissioned new works by Jennifer Tee, Ann Hirsch, Alicia Frankovich and artist collective CFGNY. She heads the Stedelijk’s research initiative on the acquisition and documentation of time-based media.
Archey previously worked as an independent curator and editor for the New York-based organization e-flux. In 2014, she organized with Robin Peckham the exhibition “Art Post-Internet” at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. In 2015, Archey was awarded a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for short-form writing. She frequently lectures on contemporary art and time-based media.
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About Curatorial Lectures
Each academic year, S.M.A.K., Ghent University and Curatorial Studies at KASK-School of Arts Ghent co-organise the Curatorial Lectures series, presented by renowned curatorial practitioners in relation to a specific theme. Following "Working with Artists" (2017-18), "Learning from Artists" (2018-19), and “Working with Collections" (2019-20), this year's theme “Working with Space” addresses the curatorial challenges working across various modes of space (including the physical, digital, performative, discursive, social, transcultural, glocal), taking into account the perils and possibilities of the “post-pandemic” of exhibition-making.
Past speakers in the Curatorial Lectures series have included Rebecca Larmarche-Vadel, Cecilia Alemani, Mathieu Copeland, Anthony Huberman, Jean-Hubert Martin, Chus Martínez, Gabi Ngcobo, Susanne Pfeffer, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Adam Szymczyk.