November 29 Late 'til 8 - Art Ecology: Navigating the Contemporary Curatorial Terrain
Program begins at 7 pm; Cash bar opens at 5 pm

Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, will join Karin Campbell, Joslyn’s Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, and Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, to talk about the various contexts in which each of them has worked and the opportunities and challenges they have encountered in the course of their careers. The group will also take questions from the audience.

This program is free with regular Museum admission ($5 for all paying categories on Thursdays, 4-8 pm). 

At CAMH, BILL ARNING has organized the exhibitions Matthew Day Jackson: The Immeasurable Distance (2009) and Marc Swanson: The Second Story (2011). Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom (2011), which Arning co-curated with João Ribas, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, received the prestigious award of “Best Show Involving Digital Media, Video, Film, or Performance” from the United States section of the International Art Critics Association (AICA/USA). Arning was formerly the curator at MIT’s List Center for eight years where he organized such critically acclaimed exhibitions as America Starts Here — Ericson and Ziegler (2006). As a writer on art and culture, Arning’s essays have been published in Time Out New York, Aperture, Modern Painters, The Village Voice, Art in America, Trans, Out, and Parkett.

KARIN CAMPBELL came to Joslyn in June after a four-year stint at Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA) where she planned many aspects of the 55th Carnegie International. At Bard College, Campbell curated three “viewing rooms” within the exhibition Living Under the Same Roof (2010). For the 2011–12 installment of the annual Espai 13 at Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona, Spain), Campbell curated The End is Where We Start From, featuring commissions by young, female artists.

Under HESSE McGRAW’s leadership, the Bemis’ exhibition program focuses on site-specific, immersive, cross-disciplinary and socially-engaged commissions. McGraw has been recognized with an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, an NEA Our Town grant, and a Harpo Foundation Grant. He was a 2011 fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute.