International Inspiration #6: Lumi Tan

International Inspiration #6: Lumi Tan
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Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and Institute of Art History and Visual Culture of Estonian Academy of Arts present:

Lecture series “International Inspiration” 2017/2018

Lumi Tan “Survival Strategies”
22.03 at 18 lecture (Kohtu 6)
23.03 at 10.15 seminar (Suur-Kloostri 11)

This lecture will reflect on the shifting role of small-scale non-profit organizations in the ecosystem of the contemporary art world, particularly in the market–driven context of New York City. The Kitchen, a non-profit presenting exhibitions and performance with equal regard since 1971, will be used as primary example to examine what constitutes support for artists in the current landscape through the lens of interdisciplinarity as well as look at the institution as a site of production. She will also discuss how feminist and anti-white supremacist approaches to curating can contribute to a more holistic vision of institutional support and push experimental approaches beyond the established statements of the 1970s avant-garde.

Lumi Tan is Curator at The Kitchen in New York, where she organizes exhibitions and produces performances with artists across disciplines and generations. Most recently, Tan has worked with Meriem Bennani, Half Straddle, Sara Magenheimer, and Sondra Perry. Previously she co-curated From Minimalism into Algorithm (2016), a year-long performance and exhibition series, as well as projects with artists including Ed Atkins, Gretchen Bender, Glasser, George Lewis, Anicka Yi, and Danh Vo and Xiu Xiu. Prior to The Kitchen, Tan was Guest Curator at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Nord Pas-de-Calais in France, director at Zach Feuer Gallery, and curatorial assistant at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, The Exhibitionist, and numerous exhibition catalogues.

The lecture is accompanied by seminar, on March 23 at 10.15AM at Department of Visual Culture and Art History (Suur-Kloostri 11). Please write to Karin Vicente for additional information:

All lectures and seminars are free of charge and in English. The lectures are recorded and shared on Estonian Academy of Arts’ Vimeo page.

The lecture series hosts internationally recognized curators and critics who are introducing their practice, work methods and are consulting students in seminars. The series is part of opening programme of new curatorial field of study at the Master’s programme of Visual Culture Department.

The list of lecturers in 2017 and 2018 includes curator Vincent Honoré (09.11.2017), curator Vasif Kortun (23.11), curator Martha Kirszenbaum (07.12), documenta14 curator Dieter Roelstraete (26.01), poet and art critic Quinn Latimer (21.02), curator Lumi Tan (22.03), art critic Andrew Berardini (12.04), feminist curator Maura Reilly (03.05), curator and critic Antonia Alampi (31.05).

Supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Academy of Science

This program is made possible by funding from the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation.