in | discussion Alison Green When Artists Curate

in | discussion 


Alison Green When Artists Curate

6.30pm, Wednesday 17 October 2018

Room RD 006, Rathdown House Dublin School of Creative Arts

Dublin Institute of Technology Grangegorman Campus, Dublin 7


When Artists Curate

An increasing proportion of exhibitions are curated by artists rather than professional curators. Alison Green will present her recent book, When Artist Curate: Contemporary Art and the Exhibition as Medium, a critical history of visual artists curating exhibitions. She’s interested in the artist-curator as someone with a special responsibility for critiquing art’s institutions, who brings considerable creativity to the craft of making exhibitions and, through experimentation, someone who has changed the way exhibitions are understood to be authored and experienced. The talk will present examples of exhibitions or curatorial work by Goshka Macuga, Thomas Hirschhorn, Hito Steyerl, Joseph Kosuth and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.


Alison Green is an art historian, critic and curator with twin interests in contemporary art and the legacies of Modernism. She holds a PhD from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin, both in the history of art. Her BA, from Princeton University, is in visual (studio) art and art history. She teaches history and theory of art at Central Saint Martins in London where she is a Senior Lecturer in the Culture & Enterprise Programme and Course Leader of MA Culture, Criticism and Curation.

Her recent publications include: ‘Articulate Bodies and Fractured Images: Carolee Schneemann’s Aesthetic Politics’ in exh. cat. Carolee Schneemann: More Wrong Things (Hales Gallery, 2017); ‘Stout’s Doubt’, Journal of Contemporary Painting (October 2016); and a co-edited journal issue, ‘Fifty Years of “Art and Objecthood”: Traces, Impact, Critique’in the Journal of Visual Culture (April 2017) which included her essay ‘A “Supreme Fiction”: Michael Fried and Art Criticism’. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Painting and regularly writes art criticism for Source (Ireland) and Art Monthly (UK). Her first book, When Artists Curate: Contemporary Art and the Exhibition as Medium was published by Reaktion Books in May 2018.  


This event is free of charge, but booking is essential:

in|discussion is a public talks and events series hosted by the Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology. The series creates a public forum for discussion on the practices, concerns and nuances of contemporary visual cultural forms.


Image credit Goskha Macuga, Picture Room (2003), Gasworks London. With permission of the artist and Kate MacGarry