2015 kicks off with two new exhibitions I curated at 18th Street Arts Center. Amir H. Fallah takes over the Artist Lab with Perfect Strangers, featuring paintings and installations made in collaboration with students from Santa Monica College, Crossroads, and local public high schools. Much like a historian or ethnographer, Fallah works with a diverse mix of local communities and groups to collect material evidence of their private and public lives and transform them into artworks. In the Atrium Gallery, Alice Wang explores physics and material science in sculpture and video. There will be a reception for the two shows on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 6-9 pm.
I'll be giving a lecture in MOCA Cleveland's Gund Commons on Wednesday, February 11 from 5-6 pm, as a guest of Case Western Reserve University's Department of Art History and Art. My talk, "Curating the Social," covers social practice and activist art precedents for my own curatorial work with artists working with publicly engaged and participatory frameworks.
I'm in the new Asian Art issue of Artillery twice. I contributed a profile of Indian artist Hema Upadhyay. Then Zak Smith interviewed me on the state of art in Asia for his column. The issue is guest-edited by Kio Griffith and available at galleries and newstands everywhere, now.