Summer reception at the CMP, June 2016
On Thursday, June 9, the California Museum of Photography will celebrate current exhibitions, including Larry Clark: Tulsa in the main gallery, curated by UCR graduate students as advised by Joanna and Susan Laxton, Assistant Professor of the History of Art at UCR; States of Incarceration on the second floor, guest curated by Catherine Gudis, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at UCR, with contributions from her students; Rotation 2015 on the third floor, a collection show featuring new acquisitions, curated by Joanna; and Cauleen Smith: Crow Requiem, part of Joanna's FLASH! contemporary art series, with a guest authored text by Jayna Brown, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UCR.
I'll tell you later
On Sunday, May 15, the Headlands Center for the Arts will celebrate the opening of I'll tell you later, this year's Graduate Fellows Exhibition, guest curated by Joanna, on view through June 5.
Although we may conceal or otherwise bury something, it inevitably reappears in a new form. I’ll tell you later presents the work of seven Bay Area-based artists who engage the concept of time in various ways, exploring connections among people, nature, and truth as they interact with both productive and entropic results. Representing a wide variety of media and aesthetic styles, works by Rachelle Bussieres, Tanja Geis, Kaveh Irani, Sara Kerr, Christopher Nickel, Brittany Powell, and Jonathan Sprague all speak to complex notions of time—from geological time, to the abstract space of human memory—and the transformations that occur in those spans.
"Services" Transcript Reading at LA><ART
On Sunday, April 3, Julian will participate in a one-day reading of the influential exhibition project, “Services.” Organized by art historian, curator, and critic Helmut Draxler and the artist Andrea Fraser, the exhibition Services: The Conditions and Relations of Service Provision in Contemporary Project Oriented Artistic Practice, opened on January 24, 1994 at the Kunstraum Lüneburg. The opening of the exhibition was preceded by two days of working-group discussions between artists and curators—joined by Draxler and Fraser—that reflected on efforts to reform the social relations and material conditions of exhibition practices. The program at LA><ART will reanimate transcripts Fraser produced from audio recordings of the “Services” working-group sessions; these transcripts will be read aloud by invited practitioners working today. In addition to this reading, video documentation of the 1994 working-group discussions at the Kunstraum Lüneburg will be on view in the main gallery. This program revisits “Services” twenty years later to recognize how an under-historicized exhibition provides a model for inquiry into the contentious relations and conditions of exhibition-making today.
Readers include Basma Alsharif, Jeff Khonsary, Michael Ned Holte, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Ashley Hunt, Jamillah James, Adrià Julià, Nevin Kallepalli, Kate McNamara, Sohrab Mohebbi, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Lanka Tattersall, A.L. Steiner, Martine Syms, Julian Myers-Szupinska, Lincoln Tobier, Noura Wedell, and Kate Wolf. The script reading and video at LA><ART on April 3 will be followed by a discussion with Andrea Fraser, art historian Rhea Anastas, and artist Simon Leung at the Hammer Museum on April 5.
FotoFest Portfolio Reviews
Joanna has been invited to conduct portfolio reviews at the FotoFest Biennial in Houston this year. She will be meeting with artists from March 17 through March 20.
Void California: 1975-1989
On Friday, March 11, the Wattis Institute will celebrate the opening of Void California: 1975-1989, a survey of punk-inflected media that emerged from California subcultures in the late 1970s and 1980s. Advised by Julian, the exhibition was organized by the 2016 class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts. An accompanying publication reproduces works from the exhibition and supplementary ephemeral material used in the making of several pieces, as well a curatorial project inspired by Melody Sumner Carnahan’s The Form (1979).
The exhibition takes as its starting point the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Ronald Reagan’s first bid for the presidency. Under the leadership of Reagan, California had become ground zero for neoconservative attacks on the social contract as well as the context for an array of violent episodes,including the Manson Family murders, the SLA abductions and bombings, the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, and the Jonestown massacre. To some of those who lived through it, the future looked bleak—a void, indeed.
James Welling at WUHO gallery
Joanna guest-curated a mini-retrospective of James Welling's architectural works—from his earliest photographs made in and around Los Angeles begun in 1975, to Choreograph, his most recent inkjet prints incorporating dance and architecture—for Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost. Welling is the recipient of the 2016 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award. Join us on Thursday, March 3, 7-9pm, for the reception celebrating the exhibition and award.
Curatorial Seminar in Marrakech
From February 28 through March 1, Julian will participate as a Seminar Leader in the inaugural Curatorial Seminar organized by Independent Curators International (ICI). The new program is designed to bring mid-career curators together to expand their thinking and advance new areas in curatorial discourse. The Seminar offers curators from around the world an unparalleled platform of exchange and discussion, and the opportunity to connect with other curators who share their concerns and research interests. Held in Marrakech, the Seminar is organized in collaboration with Dar al-Ma’mûn. As a pilot program for this new format of curatorial convening, this Seminar will address issues of cultural translation and place. It will be held during the 6th Marrakech Biennale, Not New Now, curated by Reem Fadda, which also includes curatorial interjections by curators and ICI Collaborators Omar Berrada, Salma Lahlou, and Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa. Participants of the Curatorial Seminar include: Mohamed Kamal Elshahed (Cairo, Egypt), Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa (Marrakech, Morocco), Salma Lahlou (Marrakech, Morocco), Eszter Szakacs (Budapest, Hungary), and Ipek Ulusoy (Dubai, UAE). Seminar leaders include Omar Berrada (Director, Dar al-Ma’mûn), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI), Julian Myers-Szupinska (Associate Professor of Curatorial Practice at CCA, San Francisco, and Senior Editor of The Exhibitionist), and Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI).
Exhibition History as Contemporary Art History
On Thursday, February 4, in Washington, DC, Julian will speak as part of the panel "Exhibition History as Contemporary Art History," organized by the Society of Contemporary Art Historians as part of annual CAA conference. He joins panelists Lynne Cooke of the National Gallery of Art, and Glenn Phillips of the Getty Research Institute, in a discussion chaired by John Tain of the Getty Research Institute.
Marie Bovo in conversation with Susan Ossman
On Thursday, February 4, Marie Bovo, whose work is featured on the second floor of the California Museum of Photography as part of Joanna's solo series “CMP Projects,” will discuss her practice with Susan Ossman, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UCR. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Screening Room at the Culver Center of the Arts. Seats are limited; reserving tickets in advance is recommended.
Winter reception at UCR ARTSblock, January 2016
On Saturday, January 30, ARTSblock will celebrate current exhibitions including the shows Joanna has organized at the California Museum of Photography: Myth and Majesty in the main gallery; Marie Bovo: How to Survive Abstraction, part of CMP Projects; and David Weldzius: Estrada Courts, USA, part of the FLASH! contemporary art series. Also on view, Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors features photographs from the museum's permanent collection.
Talking Contemporary Curating with Terry Smith
Julian joins Terry Smith and Leigh Markopoulos in conversation about Smith's new book, Talking Contemporary Curating, at the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco on December 12. The publication compiles conversations between Smith and 12 leading international curators, art historians, and theorists deeply immersed in reflecting upon the demands of their respective practices, the contexts of exhibition making, and the platforms through which art may be made public. Read together, they present a fascinating picture of how curating can contribute to a broader understanding of our contemporary world.
Fall reception at UCR ARTSblock, November 2015
On Saturday, November 14, ARTSblock will celebrate current exhibitions including the shows Joanna has organized at the California Museum of Photography: Reproduction, Reproduction in the main gallery; Penelope Umbrico: Master, Mountain, Range (and Rangers), part of CMP Projects; and Whitney Hubbs: Persistent and Falling, part of the FLASH! contemporary art series. Also on view, Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors features photographs from the museum's permanent collection, curated by Joanna's junior colleague Kathryn Poindexter.
Proposal for a Museum
SFMOMA's newly redesigned Open Space blog will be launched on October 21. Among the "reissued" series, grupa o.k.'s Proposal for a Museum makes the top of the list. Check it out.
Revising the Past, Remaking the Future
On Friday and Saturday, October 16-17, Joanna will participate in this year's Sawyer Seminar, "Alternative Futurisms," organized by the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program at UCR. Alongside interim Executive Director of ARTSblock Tyler Stallings, Joanna is chairing a panel on Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, an exhibition they are planning as part of the Getty's initiative "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA" in 2017. Tyler and Joanna will be joined on the panel by two artists whose work will be included in the exhibition, Chico MacMurtrie and Beatriz Cortez.
Exhibition Preview with Molly Zuckerman-Hartung
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock will host a fall preview and gallery talk. Molly Zuckerman-Hartung will speak about her work included in Reproduction, Reproduction. Her project, “Packing,” 2015, was specially created for this exhibition. This new body of work addresses psychological transference. As defined in psychoanalysis, transference is the reproduction of childhood emotions in the present, and their redirection to a different object or person. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, referred to these emotions as “new editions and facsimiles.” “Packing” is a meditation on the copy, gender, pregnancy, pornography, labor, and projection.
Also on view are CMP Projects: Penelope Umbrico, co-curated by Joanna with Kathryn Poindexter; Aaron Siskind, curated by Kathryn Poindexter with works from the museum collection; and FLASH: Whitney Hubbs, with a guest authored essay by artist Mark McKnight.
grupa o.k. has been invited to participate in "99 Objects," a series of in-gallery programs focusing on individual works of art from the Whitney Musem of American Art's permanent collection. Julian will speak about Alice Neel's Pat Whalen, 1935, on August 15, and Joanna will address Charles Sheeler's photograph Office Interior, Whitney Studio Club, 10 West 8 Street, c. 1928, on August 16.
Will Rogan in conversation with Julian Myers-Szupinska
Julian is speaking with Will Rogan about the artist's work on June 29, 2015, at Real Time & Space in Oakland.
At the invitation of Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, grupa o.k. nominated Mark McKnight for the gallery's inaugural photo biennial 20/20vision (July 2-September 5, 2015). The exhibition is accompanied by a 114-page catalogue published by Sturm&Drang, Zurich.
Reproduction and Reproduction
grupa o.k.'s article, "Reproduction and Reproduction," will appear in the summer 2015 issue of Mousse Magazine.
The Exhibitionist 11, July 2015
The Exhibitionist 11, Julian's second full issue as Senior Editor, is out soon. Edited with Jens Hoffmann and Liz Glass, the issue features essays by Natasha Ginwala, Guy Brett, Vincent Honoré, Rasheed Araeen, João Ribas, Claire Bishop, Cristina Freire, Tobi Maier, Octavio Zaya, Vittoria Martini, Ruba Katrib, and Scott Rothkopf.
FLASH: Shannon Ebner
On June 27, 2015, Shannon Ebner: STRIKE opens to the public as part of Joanna's FLASH! contemporary art series at the California Museum of Photography.
Marie Bovo: La Danse de l’ours
The exhibition Marie Bovo: La Danse de l’ours is on view through June 13 at FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in Marseille. Joanna contributed to the catalogue with an essay titled "How to survive abstraction."
"Top 40" juried show
The annual "Top 40" juried exhibition organized by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) opens to the public on June 11. This year, Joanna was the guest juror.
Joanna contributed a post about Tania Bruguera's 100-hour performance, the 'Hannah Arendt' International Institute of Artivism (May 2015), for The Exhibitionist blog, June 10, 2015.
Tony Lewis: free movement power nomenclature pressure weight opens at MOCA Cleveland on June 6. Julian contributed to the catalogue, the artist's first monograph, with an essay titled "The Fact of Blackness."
Pierre Huyghe: The Third Memory
On Wednesday, May 20, Julian will lead a discussion about Pierre Huyghe's two-channel video installation The Third Memory (2000) at the Kadist in San Francisco.
Spring reception at UCR ARTSblock, May 2015
On Saturday, May 16, ARTSblock will celebrate current exhibitions including the shows Joanna has organized at the California Museum of Photography: Phil Chang: Monochromes, Static and Unfixed, part of CMP Projects; Sharon Lockhart: Untitled, part of the FLASH! contemporary art series; Interrogating Manzanar, co-curated with Jason Weems; and finally it'll be the last day to view The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA. The evening will begin with a gallery talk by Phil Chang at 5pm.
State of Life: Polish Contemporary Art Within a Global Circumstance
The exhibition State of Life: Polish Contemporary Art Within a Global Circumstance opens to the public at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing on May 11. The exhibition is curated by Jaroslaw Lubiak and organized by Museum Sztuki w Lodzi. Joanna contributed to the catalogue with an entry on the 1981 exhibition Construction in Process.
On Friday, May 1, the 2015 Wong Forum on Art and the Immigrant Experience will be hosted by UCR ARTSblock in conjunction with Interrogating Manzanar, a CMP exhibition organized by Joanna. The Forum will begin with a curatorial tour of the exhibition and an open discussion with Manzanar survivors.
The afternoon symposium, "Allies, Enemies, Citizens: Figuring Asianness in World War II America," will focus on the visual representation of Asianness and Asian-Americanness in the United States during World War II, featuring presentations by leading scholars in the field, including Gordon H. Chang, Professor, Department of History, and Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities, Stanford University; Amy Lyford, Professor of Art History, Occidental College; ShiPu Wang, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, UC Merced; and K. Scott Wong, James Phinney Baxter III Professor of History and Public Affairs, Williams College.
Jason Weems, Assistant Professor of the History of Art at UCR, organized the inaugural Wong Forum and co-curated the exhibition with Joanna.
ArtWorldTheater of the Spectacle: a roundtable 3'33" situation in space
At 5pm on Saturday, March 22, grupa o.k. will participate in an open discussion organized by WarsawBauhaus at Automata in Chinatown, Los Angeles. "The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty -- of the indefinite expansion of possibility…" Susan Sontag
The Next 25 Years: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education
On Sunday, March 15, Julian will moderate a panel as part of CCA's two-day symposium "The Next 25 Years: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education," March 14 and 15.
This symposium offers a forum in which colleagues in the art world and in the field of curatorial education can talk frankly about the challenges of working with artists, making exhibitions, and educating curators today. Day 1 participants review developments in the curatorial field over the last 25 years and assess them in relation to curatorial education. Day 2 focuses more closely on the content, curricula, and graduates of curatorial programs with an emphasis on those programs planning radical shifts or operating from emergent contexts or scenes.
"The Next 25 Years" is sparked by increasingly urgent conversations about the difficulty of reflecting the practice of curating in academic structures, and was organized by the CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, in partnership with the Banff International Curatorial Institute; Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology; École du Magasin, Grenoble; Independent Curators International, New York; and the Royal College of Art, London. Participants include Alia Al-Sabi, Mark Beasley, Sarah Brin, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Maeve Connolly, María del Carmen Carrión, Reesa Greenberg, Kit Hammonds, Matthew Higgs, Sinead Hogan, Anthony Huberman, Prem Krishnamurthy, Leigh Markopoulos, Mami Kataoka, Vasif Kortun, Kristina Lee Podesva, Salwa Mikdadi, Julian Myers-Szupinska, Estelle Nabeyrat, Nontobeko Ntombela, Kris Paulsen, Aneta Rostkowska, Grace Samboh, Kitty Scott, Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen), and Kuba Woynarowski.
Interrogating Manzanar: Photography, Justice, and the Japanese American Internment
On Saturday, March 14, Interrogating Manzanar opens to the public at the CMP. Co-curated by art historian Jason Weems and Joanna, the exhibition features photographs by Ansel Adams, Clem Albers, Dorothea Lange, and Tōyō Miyatake, taken at the Japanese American internment camp at Manzanar during World War II. On Friday, May 1, we'll lead a curatorial tour as part of the 2015 Wong Forum on Art and the Immigrant Experience.
Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden
On Friday, March 13, the Wattis Institute will celebrate the opening of Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden, a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Chinese-American artist Martin Wong (1946-99) encompassing writing, calligraphy, drawing, ceramics, theatrical set design, painting, poetry, and collage. Advised by Julian, the exhibition was organized by the 2015 class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication My Trip to America by Martin Wong, edited by Julian with Caitlin Burkhart.
Wong is known primarily for the paintings he produced while operating in the dynamic subcultures of the Nuyorican poets and graffiti artists of 1970s and 80s New York City. Prior to this interlude in his life, Wong, who grew up in San Francisco and studied in Eureka, California, had already produced a wild and curious body of work. He was a prolific poet and ceramicist, a psychedelic painter, an artistic collaborator in the radical communal theater of the Angels of Light, and a self-described "Human Instamatic." The exhibition’s title is taken from the following passage in his journals: "Painting is forbidden. The joys and pleasures of being a painter are almost identical to those of being a serial killer: the solitary quest, the thrill of the hunt, the compulsion of trying to complete an imaginary set, to live totally in the imagination, the suspense, the urgency, and finally the uncontrollable spasms…"
Drawn from the artist’s archives at the Fales Library at New York University, the artist’s estate at P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, the de Young Museum, and private collections in Northern California, the exhibition includes over 150 works and ephemera by the artist from across his career, most of which have never been presented before. Though Wong has been exhibited nationally and internationally in recent years--in New York City, Berlin and Hong Kong--this is the first expansive and cross-media exhibition of his work in San Francisco, the city the artist called home.
Curating Beyond Selection
At 3:30pm on Tuesday, March 10, Joanna will give a talk entitled "Curating Beyond Selection" at Wichita State University, Kansas, organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art.
Remembering Forward: Conversations on Photography
On Sunday, March 8, Joanna will speak as part of a panel at LA><ART's two-day event "Remembering Forward: Conversations on Photography," March 8 and 22.
Remembering Forward presents a series of conversations on photography and temporality. Photography, particularly as a digitized medium, embodies repetition. It also continues to be positioned as a useful means of recollection, an aide de memoir. For the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, repetition is enacted and accumulates forward in time, the opposite of recollection, a method of recovering that which exists back in time. Kierkegaard’s dialectic offers a framework for examining how photography may reconfigure the temporal dimension. In what ways do artists working with photography contribute to the temporal conditions that define repetition and recollection? How do these artists engage temporality, through the production, reception, and circulation of their works? What axis of time does photography propose when production today continues to accelerate the proliferation, duplication, and disposal of images? A selection of different practitioners will engage these questions at LA><ART, advancing discussions surrounding photographic practices today, as well as issues of image production more broadly.
Participants include Rhea Anastas, Becky Beasley, Phil Chang, Zoe Crosher, Shannon Ebner, Victoria Fu, John Houck, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Farrah Karapetian, Ryan Linkof, James Nisbet, Gina Osterloh, Matthew Poole, Olivier Richon, Kim Schoen, Chris Sharp, A.L. Steiner, John Stezaker, Joanna Szupinska-Myers, and John Tain. The program is organized by Kim Schoen and Eric Golo Stone.
Winter reception at UCR ARTSblock, February 2015
On Saturday, February 28, ARTSblock will celebrate the opening of the winter season including the shows Joanna has organized at the California Museum of Photography: The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA, Heather Rasmussen: Bruised Fruit, and Carrie Schneider: Reading Women. Heather Rasmussen, Sandra Phillips, SFMOMA senior curator of photography, and Joanna will give remarks.
At 7pm on Tuesday, January 20, Joanna will give a lecture about her curatorial practice as part of the visiting guest lecture series at California State University, San Bernardino, organized by Thomas McGovern.
Focus Photographie, Paris, November 2014
Joanna has been invited to Paris as part of the Photography Focus pilot program organized by the Institut français.
Critical Landscapes: Art Space Politics, UC Press, 2015
Featuring Julian's essay "After the Production of Space," the forthcoming book now has a description on the UC Press website—an encouraging signal that it's nearing its moment of public life.
Keith Haring: The Political Line, de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2014
Julian's essay "Urban Fragments" appears in Keith Haring: The Political Line, the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name that will open in November 2014 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Published by delMonico and Prestel, the American version of the book differs in many ways from the one published by the Musée d'Art Modern de la ville de Paris in French last year. Julian's essay argues the case for Haring's developing urban politic in the years 1978-82.
The Exhibitionist 10, October 2014
The Exhibitionist 10, Julian's first full issue as Senior Editor, is out soon. Edited with Jens Hoffmann and Lumi Tan, the issue features essays by Dominic Willsdon, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Matthias Muehling, Geir Haraldseth, Jan Hoet, Chelsea Haines, Martin Waldmeier, Florence Ostende, Pierre-François Galpin, Anne Dressen, Liam Gillick, Prem Krishnamurthy, Zoe Butt, Nazli Gürlek, Daniel Muzyczuk, Remco de Blaaij, Patrick D. Flores, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Johanna Burton, Anne Ellegood, and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy.
Phil Chang: Pictures, Chromogenic and Pigment
Joanna leads a discussion of Phil Chang's work at 4pm on Friday, October 10, 2014.
This week on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, The Getty is organizing a workshop for the participants in the upcoming "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA" exhibitions in 2017. Over the last year, Joanna and her colleagues at UCR have pursued research in art and science fiction, doing studio visits in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, New York, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. They have upcoming trips planned to Miami as well as Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and Brazil. On Monday Joanna will introduce the concept of Bachelor Machines or "máquinas solteras" as they appear in contemporary Latin American and Latino art.
grupa o.k., David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at the de Young Museum, 2013-14
Our review of David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition goes live on caa.reviews on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.
Ars contemporaneus alpinus: A critical approach to site-specific art in natural environment
At 6pm on Wednesday, September 17, as part of the "Ars contemporaneous alpinus" conference, Julian presents "After the Production of Space" at the Ecole Cantonale d'Art du Valais in Sierre, Switzerland. This lecture discusses critically French philosopher Henri Lefebvre’s book The Production of Space, which has been a cornerstone text for critical geography, art, art history and architecture over the last forty years. Considering Lefebvre’s theories of production, labor, capitalism and urban revolution, the lecture produces a usable précis of the dense and theoretical book, and theorizes about developments in space, cities and art in the four decades since its publication in 1974. Discussing an artwork by the Swedish artists Goldin + Senneby and a brief but important building occupation in Oakland, California, Myers will argue that new forces of financial speculation and digitization inflect a Lefebvrean analysis of space in the present, and produce new challenges and possibilities for urban resistance.
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- grupa o.k., August 2014