Terry Smith

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh

Book launch: Talking Contemporary Curating

The Ian Potter Museum of Art

The University of Melbourne Victoria 3010 Australia
T: +61 3 8344 5148
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Friday 29 July 6—8pm

Terry Smith launches his second publication, Talking Contemporary Curating, as part of ICI’s series Perspectives in Curating. To accompany the Melbourne launch of this important publication, Terry Smith will be speaking with Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum and Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, and Tara McDowell, Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, MADA, Monash University.

The conversation will be moderated by Professor Charles Green, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.

Free, all welcome. RSVP essential here.

Talking Contemporary Curating by Terry Smith, edited by Kate Fowle, Leigh Markopoulos, published by Independent Curators International 2015

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Publication Launch | ‘Talking Contemporary Curating’, by Terry Smith

Publication Launch | ‘Talking Contemporary Curating’, by Terry Smith
When
 | Thursday 14 July, 7pm
Location | Artspace, Level 2, Seminar Room
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Terry Smith, Talking Contemporary Curating, 2015. Published by Independent Curators International, New York.

Join us on Thursday 14 July for the Sydney launch of art historian Terry Smith’s newest publication, Talking Contemporary Curating, the second publication in the series Perpectives in Curating.

Talking Contemporary Curating is a compilation of conversations between art historian Terry 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. The contributors include Zdenka Badovinac, Claire Bishop, Zoe Butt, Germano Celant, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Boris Groys, Jens Hoffmann, Mami Kataoka, Maria Lind, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Mari Carmen Ramírez. Read together, they present a fascinating picture of how curating can contribute to a broader understanding of our contemporary world.

SEEING ART HISTORICALLY TODAY:

WHERE WE ARE AND WAYS TO GO

Talk by Professor Terry Smith

Art Gallery of New South Wales,

July 20, 2016, 7:15pm

 

Join us for this special talk to launch Hegel’s owl: the life of Bernard Smith by Sheridan Palmer and the new volume The legacies of Bernard Smith: essays on Australian art, history and cultural politics with Professor Terry Smith, as he addresses the contemporary state of art history in Australia and internationally.

Over 60 years ago Bernard Smith, Australia’s first professional art historian, left Australia for London to pursue the discipline, where he encountered numerous competing methods that informed his practice.

This talk will look at the contexts in which art historians operate today. What are the prevailing, contending and emerging approaches to the discipline? What are the ongoing tasks, and the urgent issues?

Terry Smith is Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. His most recent book is Talking contemporary curating (2015).

This talk is co-presented by the Art Gallery Society of NSW and the University of Sydney’s Power Institute. The legacies of Bernard Smith: essays on Australian art, history and cultural politics is published by Power Publications and the Art Gallery of NSW, supported by the Art Gallery Society of NSW and the University of Melbourne.

 

Poster

CACSA August 1, 2016

TALKING CONTEMPORARY CURATING

TERRY SMITH IN CONVERSATION

Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

CACSA, 14 Porter St., Parkside, South Australia 5063

MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 5:30-7pm

Discussion with Ian McLean, Rattling Spears, July 5, 2016

Ian McLean – Rattling Spears – Tuesday 5th July, 2016

 In conversation with Terry Smith

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art

 

Large, bold and colourful, Indigenous Australian art has impressed itself on the contemporary imagination. But it is controversial, dividing the stakeholders from those who smell a scam. Whether the artists are victims or victors, there is no denying their impact in the media and on the art world and collectors worldwide. How did it become the most successful Indigenous art in the world? How did its artists escape the ethnographic and souvenir markets to become players in an art world from which they had been barred?Superbly illustrated, and rich in detail and critical analysis, this book provides the first full historical account of Indigenous Australian art and shows that there is much more to the art than large colourful canvasses.  

Tuesday 5th July, 6 for 6:30pm

COEVALITY SPEAKER SERIES

SPRING 2016

Monday, Feb 29, 2016, 6-8pm

HAA 125 (Frick Fine Arts Lecture Theatre)

Global Studies Faculty Fellowship Lecture 1:

  • Terry Smith. Our Present Contemporaneity: Divisive Difference and the Emergent Commons       Reception in FFA Cloister

 

 

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Thursday March 24, 2016 4:15-6pm  HAA 125

 Symposium 1: Global Climate Justice and World Art

  • Session 1: Global Studies Faculty Fellowship Lecture 2:

Terry Smith, World Picturing by Contemporary Artists

  • Session 2: J. Demos. The Post-Natural Condition: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology
  • Session 3: Panel (Smith and Demos); reception in FFA Cloister

 

Friday, April 1, 2016 1-6pm   VENUE TBA

 

Symposium 2: Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru. Planetarity: Reframing Global Coevalness

  • Session 1: The Planetary Turn Elias and Moraru, editors
  • Session 2: Amy Elias: The Temporality of Dialogue
  • Session 3: Christian Moraru: Coevalness and Critical Chronography
  • Panel discussion moderated by TS; reception

 

Fall 2016

 

Thursday-Friday, October 13 and 14, 2016

Symposium 3: Ethics on a World Scale

  • Thursday October 13 at 7 pm. A lecture by Peter Singer on his latest work
  • Friday October 14 at 6pm. Global Studies Faculty Fellow Conversation. Terry Smith talks with Peter Singer on Coevality: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change; reception

 

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Performa 2015 Australian Pavilion Program

PERFORMA 2015

Australian Pavilion Program

Australian Performance Art Then And Now

Performa Hub
47 Walker St.
New York, NY 10013

FREE

 Terry Smith, art historian, Art & Language member, and author of the seminal essay “The Provincialism Problem”, presents a selection of Australian performance videos from the 1970s, followed by an in-depth discussion with artists and curators from the Australian ‘Pavilion Without Walls’.

Film Screening:
From the Archive: 1970’s Australian Performance Videos. Featuring artists Peter Kennedy, Mike Parr, Bonita Ely, John Hughes, and Andrew Scollo.

Screening details: 
Peter Kennedy, Video Tapes, 1971 (19:13 mins approx.)
Peter Kennedy and Mike Parr, Idea Demonstrations, 1972 (19:05 mins)
Bonita Ely, UO2 Jabiluka, 1979, (13:23 mins)
John Hughes, Andrew Scollo with Peter Kennedy, November 11, 1979 (18 mins), November 11 Red 1980-81 (19:43 mins) / November 11 Blue 1980-81 (16:18 mins)

Panel discussion: Australian Performance Art Then And Now
Art historian Terry Smith along with curators and artists from the ‘Australian Pavilion Without Walls’ discuss the historical and contemporary contexts of Australian performance art.

http://15.performa-arts.org/events/australian-pavilion-program

Talking Contemporary Curating

ICI ANNOUNCES TALKING CONTEMPORARY CURATING BY TERRY SMITH

 

CAPTURING THE CURRENT STATE OF CURATORIAL DISCOURSE THROUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH THE WORLD’S LEADING CURATORS AND ART HISTORIANS

SECOND PUBLICATION IN THE BEST-SELLER SERIES “PERSPECTIVES IN CURATING”

New York, NY, October 20, 2015 – Independent Curators International (ICI) announces Talking Contemporary Curating, the second publication in ICI’s “Perspectives in Curating” series, dedicated to offering timely reflections by curators, art historians, critics, and artists on emergent debates in curatorial practice.

Talking Contemporary Curating is a compilation of conversations between art historian Terry 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. The contributors include Zdenka Badovinac, Claire Bishop, Zoe Butt, Germano Celant, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Boris Groys, Jens Hoffmann, Mami Kataoka, Maria Lind, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Mari Carmen Ramírez. Read together, they present a fascinating picture of how curating can contribute to a broader understanding of our contemporary world.

The conversations are framed by Smith’s opening chapter “The Discourse” in which he tracks the advent of a self-reflexive “discursive” era in curating. In the last decade, curators have developed a language specific to their field that has contributed to further shaping curatorial practice itself.

In her Preface, series editor Kate Fowle describes Smith’s work as “discourse in the making, emerging from talking, spurred by the ‘doings’ of twelve practitioners who are immersed in the potential of curating now.”

The exchanges in this publication build upon, question and challenge Smith’s premises in Thinking Contemporary Curating, the first-ever book-length text to explore what is distinctive about curatorial thought, published by ICI in 2012. In the two years following, Smith conducted interviews, discussions, and research involving colleagues in the field, inviting them to respond to the publication. This research took Smith from the U.S., to Europe, to Japan and beyond, and led to the conversations in Talking Contemporary Curating.

6.25 x 8.5 inches, Paperback
Published by Independent Curators International (ICI), 2015 Distribution: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) – $19.95

Russian Translation of Thinking Contemporary Curating

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In April 2015, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press, launches the new Garage Pro book series. The series, which focuses on working in the arts and culture today, features texts by curators, critics, art practitioners, and theorists from around the world. One of the central subjects of Garage Pro is contemporary curating – a fast-developing field and a profession increasingly in demand within the culture industry.

The series will open with Terry Smith’s Thinking Contemporary Curating

The book launch at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will take place on April 28, and will be accompanied by a discussion with the author.

http://garageccc.com/en/event/693

Thinking Contemporary Curating

 

THINKING CONTEMPORARY CURATING

By Terry Smith. Introduction by Kate Fowle
Softcover, 272 pages, 54 B&W illustrations
Published by Independent Curators International (ICI), 2012

Thinking Contemporary Curating is available as digital and softcover versions and is distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (DAP), ISBN: 978-0-916365-86-8. Paperback, 6.25 x 8.5 inches, 256 pages, 25 black-and-white illustrations. $19.95.

 

Touring Conversation Series:

December 6, 2013, “Recurating: When Exhibitions Become Reified,” panel and book launch, Monash University Curatorial Program, MOTO, Melbourne

September 14, Discussion with Paul O’Neill and Liam Gillick, New Museum, New York

August 24, 2013, Thinking Contemporary Curating Book launch and lecture, Metelkova Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

August 3, 2013, Urgent Talks, Discussion with Mami Kataoka, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

July 24, 2013, NIEA master class on Thinking Contemporary Curating, College of Fine Arts, UNSW

February 16, 2013, “Terry Smith in Conversation with Julian Myers,” discussion, College Art Association Annual Meeting, New York

 

December 12, 2012, “Contemporary Art Museums; Discussion with Claire Bishop,” National Institute for Experimental Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Terry Smith in Conversation with Mary Jane Jacob, Executive Director of Exhibitions, SAIC
Sunday, November 18, 1–3 PM
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
FREE

Terry Smith
Monday, November 19, closed-door session
The School of Art Institute of Chicago
37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

Terry Smith in Conversation with Jens Hoffmann, Director, Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art
Tuesday, October 23, 7–9 PM
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art
California College of the Arts
350 Kansas Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Terry Smith in Conversation with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director, dOCUMENTA(13)
Sunday, October 14, 3 PM
The New Museum
235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
RSVP to rsvp@curatorsintl.org

Terry Smith in Conversation with Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Sunday, September 30, 3–4 PM
New York Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
FREE

Book Launch & Reading with Terry Smith
Tuesday, September 18, 7–9 PM
New York University
Department of Art History
300 Silver Center, 3rd floor
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003

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