Cu­rat­ing the West

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS -

What event (gallery show, mu­seum ex­hibit, etc.) in the next few months are you look­ing forward to and why?

I’m re­ally ex­cited about the open­ing of the O’ke­effe Wel­come Cen­ter lo­cated near Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe’s home and stu­dio in Abiquiú, New Mexico. The cen­ter will serve as an ori­en­ta­tion space for peo­ple taking O’ke­effe tours, but we are also de­sign­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence to serve as a gate­way to ex­plore and be­come in­spired by the amaz­ing land­scapes, just as O’ke­effe was. It will also serve as a com­mu­nity re­source with a beau­ti­ful light-filled class­room. I’m in­trigued for us to learn, ex­per­i­ment and it­er­ate to make this a vi­brant and wel­com­ing place for ev­ery­one.

What are you read­ing?

Be­cause I’m fairly new to the O’ke­effe, I’m spend­ing a lot of time with books about her and her work. I’m es­pe­cially en­joy­ing the beau­ti­fully done Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe: Living Modern by Wanda M. Corn. By my bedside is the Poe­sia Com­pleta of Span­ish poet Fed­erico Gar­cía Lorca and a ran­dom Edgar Al­lan Poe com­pi­la­tion bor­rowed from one of those cute lit­tle road­side free li­brary boxes.

In­ter­est­ing ex­hibit, gallery open­ing or work of art you’ve seen re­cently.

I’m go­ing to be so nor­mal here: I got to see the Yayoi Kusama show with her paint­ings, sculp­tures and in­fin­ity rooms at the Hir­sh­horn Mu­seum in Washington, D.C. I love her fan­ci­ful ap­proach to re-cre­at­ing re­al­ity, how her work has been con­sis­tent to con­cept over so many years, and how the viewer is of­ten rep­re­sented (through the mir­rors in in­fin­ity rooms, by plac­ing dots in the Obliv­ion Room, etc.) In the past cou­ple years I’ve also been able to ex­pe­ri­ence mul­ti­ple in­stal­la­tions of Rag­nar Kjar­tans­son’s mul­ti­chan­nel video in­stal­la­tion The Vis­i­tors. It’s a pow­er­ful and mes­mer­iz­ing work.

What are you re­search­ing at the mo­ment?

As the cu­ra­tor of dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence, I have one foot in the world of mak­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and one in fa­cil­i­tat­ing ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion. So, my cur­rent deep dive fo­cuses on ex­pos­ing and link­ing in­for­ma­tion from our mu­seum, archives and li­brary col­lec­tions with other re­lated in­for­ma­tion across the world—build­ing a better tool for re­searchers and oth­ers to make new dis­cov­er­ies. I’m think­ing about how data vi­su­al­iza­tion and ma­chine learn­ing can re­veal hid­den con­nec­tions and cre­ate new knowl­edge.

What is your dream ex­hibit to cu­rate? Or see some­one else cu­rate?

Oh my, I have so many ideas! Let’s pick one un­re­lated to O’ke­effe. I make tech­nol­ogy en­hanced cloth­ing in my own artis­tic prac­tice—so I’d want to fur­ther ex­plore artists meld­ing tra­di­tional fiber and con­struc­tion prac­tices with sen­sors, lights, data, etc. I was su­per in­spired by the huge fiber sculp­tures in the fantastic show at Los An­ge­les’ Hauser Wirth & Schim­mel a few years ago: Rev­o­lu­tion in the Mak­ing: Ab­stract Sculp­ture by Women, 1947-2016. I would love to take that idea forward— con­tem­po­rary, many-cul­tural, im­mer­sive and tech­nol­ogy en­hanced fiber work in­stal­la­tions. Yeah, that would be fun.

Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum In­te­rior, 2016. In­sight Foto Inc., Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum. © Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum

Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum Ex­te­rior, 2016. In­sight Foto Inc., Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum. © Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum

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