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Boiler Room Lecture: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev



Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA], in association with Monash  Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a special lecture by  Italian-American curator, author and researcher Carolyn  Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of the 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015  and Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern  University, Illinois, USA.

Date: Monday 11 August 2014
Time: 3.00 - 4.15pm
Venue: MADA Lecture Theatre, G1.04, Building G, Monash University, Caulfield campus
Free event - bookings required: or phone 03 9905 4217

Christov-Bakargiev was named 2012’s most powerful person in the art  world by Art Review’s Power 100 listings. She was Artistic Director of  dOCUMENTA (13), which took place in Kassel, Germany, and extended to  workshops, seminars and exhibitions in Alexandria, Egypt; Kabul,  Afghanistan; and Banff, Canada. Her stewardship of dOCUMENTA (13)  renewed one of the exhibition’s principal intentions, to enlist culture  as an agent of reconstruction, healing and dialogue. For the 14th  Istanbul Biennial, in keeping with her Documenta strategy of hiring  agents to advise on the show—she will draft the exhibition with help  from various artists, curators and others: ‘seeking the artistic advice  of Cevdet Erek, the intellectual rigor of Griselda Pollock, the  sensitivity of Pierre Huyghe, the curatorial imagination of Chus  Martinez, the mindfulness of Marcos Lutyens, the acute gaze of Füsun  Onur, the political philosophies of Anna Boghiguian, the youthful  enthusiasm of Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, the wise uncertainties of William  Kentridge and manifold qualities and agencies to come as the process  develops’.

Previously Christov-Bakargiev was Artistic Director of the 16th  Biennale of Sydney (2008) and Chief Curator at the Castello di Rivoli  Museum of Contemporary Art (2002- 08). She was also a Senior Curator at  PS1 Contemporary Art Center—a MoMA affiliate in New York from 1991-2001.  Her books include William Kentridge (1998), Arte Povera (1999), and for dOCUMENTA (13) the 100 Notes–100 Thoughts series as well as The Book of Books (2011–12). Previous group exhibitions include The Moderns, Turin (2003), Faces in the Crowd, London and Turin (2004), Citta’ Natura, Rome (1997), and Molteplici Culture, Rome (1992).RESOURCES:

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