The beginning of October has certainly been eventful for those of us on the Curatorial Practices team! We are currently writing wall labels for Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Transition States, opening October 10. Lozano-Hemmer is best known for his interactive installations, which deal with a wide variety of issues such as surveillance culture and perception. Our goal is to write labels that will help inspire viewer participation and contemplation. We are actively trying to make these labels as concise and engaging as possible, framing our writing as a tool to guide the viewer’s eye through the visual and conceptual levels of the work. As of now, we have finished writing our labels and are moving forward into the editing stage. We hope to come out of this collaborative process with labels that form a cohesive and stimulating narrative.
The Curatorial Practices team is also in early stages of developing an exhibition slated for this February, entitled Black Women / Black Lives. The show will broadly deal with representations of Black women in art and material culture from the Civil Rights Era to the present. We plan on connecting the works with various socio-political movements of the 20th and 21st century as a means of exploring the role of Black women in activism culture and in a larger, global context. Last weekend, the three associates that are leading the project—Jenna Wendler, Natasha Siyumbwa, and myself—traveled to New York to do research and collect works for the exhibition. Our main stop was Interference Archive, a repository of protest art and ephemera located in Brooklyn. For two days we sifted through their collection, researching relevant works that will potentially be included in Black Women / Black Lives. Additionally we visited the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. We came out of the trip with a much better idea of the show’s conceptual direction and greater knowledge on the topic.
Black Women / Black Lives and label writing for Transition States are our first big projects of the year. As once of the leaders of Curatorial Practices, seeing these projects evolve and move forward with the hard work of my team members has been incredibly satisfying. I am continually impressed with everyone’s dedication and intellect. Looking forward, I am very excited to work with everyone on the projects we have planed for the rest of the year.
Rose Bishop ’17