Cu­rat­ing the West

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS - Me­lanie Fales Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor/ceo Boise Art Mu­seum Boise, ID (208) 345-8330 www.boiseart­mu­

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

In Novem­ber, the Boise Art Mu­seum is cel­e­brat­ing the open­ing of an orig­i­nal glass ex­hi­bi­tion, A New State of Mat­ter: Con­tem­po­rary Glass, fea­tur­ing con­tem­po­rary artists who are push­ing the bound­aries of the medium. Our com­mu­nity has shown a keen in­ter­est in glass, and I be­lieve they will be sur­prised and in­spired by what they ex­pe­ri­ence in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

What are you read­ing?

I just fin­ished read­ing a book called The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel, au­thored by Sun-mi Hwang and il­lus­trated by No­moco. It is a short fa­ble that kept my at­ten­tion and made me want to fin­ish it in one sit­ting. It has univer­sal themes told in a sim­ple way through its an­i­mal char­ac­ters. I par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ated the il­lus­tra­tions.

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

Re­cently I had the good for­tune of vis­it­ing the Smith­so­nian Amer­i­can Art Mu­seum and the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery as well as the Ren­wick in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. SAAM’S folk art col­lec­tion dis­play was so im­pres­sive, and the Ren­wick’s in­stal­la­tion of the Burn­ing Man ex­hi­bi­tion was over­whelm­ingly stun­ning. It was a spe­cial thrill to ex­pe­ri­ence in per­son Ke­hinde Wiley’s por­trait of Pres­i­dent Obama, es­pe­cially since we had hosted Ke­hinde in Boise in 2013 in con­junc­tion with an ex­hi­bi­tion at BAM en­ti­tled The World Stage: Is­rael.

What are you re­search­ing at the mo­ment?

I am cur­rently re­search­ing dough­nuts! In Jan­uary, we are show­cas­ing 480 ceramic dough­nuts on the 80-foot wall of BAM’S Sculp­ture Court. The dough­nuts are be­ing cre­ated for the in­stal­la­tion by South Korean artist Jae Yong Kim. I am re­search­ing the artist’s in­ter­est and in­tent as well as the sig­nif­i­cance of this com­mon, ev­ery­day treat in so­ci­ety.

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

In BAM’S his­tory, we have not shared an Amer­i­can im­pres­sion­ism ex­hi­bi­tion.

I am thrilled that our cu­ra­tor, Ni­cole Her­den, is cu­rat­ing an orig­i­nal ex­hi­bi­tion for the Boise Art Mu­seum that will fo­cus on im­pres­sion­ism in the North­west.

Boise Art Mu­seum in Idaho.

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