In and Out of the White Cube

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In and Out of the White Cube, which took place at Columbia University on April 9, 2012, represents the second in a series of panel discussions – collectively entitled Exit Strategies – that focus on paradigm shifts in contemporary curatorial practice. Exit Strategies is organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams as a part of an annual program of events by graduate students in the MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. The series  was founded in conjunction with Interventions Journal, the content of which is drawn from artists, critics and historians in great part to provide a forum in which the themes explored in Exit Strategies can be further investigated.

The theme for this panel was developed in tandem with this issue. To that end, we were pleased to welcome three speakers who have engaged these concerns in productive ways and who brought insightful reconsiderations of present exhibition paradigms into discussion:

Kate Fowle is the Executive Director of Independent Curators International. From 2007-08, Fowle was the inaugural International Curator for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China, and from 2002-07 she was the Chair of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, which she founded with Ralph Rugoff in 2002. From 1996-2002 she was co-director of smith + fowle, a curatorial partnership based in East London, and from 1994-96 she was Curator at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Fowle’s writing has been published extensively and she has written for numerous magazines including Parkett, Modern Painters, Manifesta Journal, the Exhibitionist, and Frieze.

Liam Gillick is an artist based in London and New York. His solo exhibitions and commissioned projects have taken place at leading art spaces worldwide including at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris;  Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle Zurich; the MCA Chicago; and the Dynamica Building in Mexico. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002 as well as the Vincent Award at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2008. Gillick has also published a number of texts that function in parallel to his artwork and has contributed to many art magazines and journals including Parkett, Frieze, Art Monthly, October and Art Forum. Liam Gillick was selected to represent Germany for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. He teaches here at Columbia University as well as at the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. His work can be found in a number of public collections worldwide.

And, finally, Bridget Donahue has worked with artists at Gladstone Gallery, as the Director of D’Amelio Terras and currently as the Associate Director at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. In 2008, she co-founded Cleopatra’s, a curatorial art project with storefront spaces in Brooklyn and Berlin. Donahue has taught at The City College of New York and has been invited for public lecture at Hunter College, Columbia University, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design to discuss collaboration and professional practice to art students at the graduate level. She serves on New Art Dealers Alliance’s Board of Directors and consults for Creative Capital. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary Textile Culture from Norwich University College of the Arts (UK) and a BA in Anthropology and Journalism from Boston University.

Lastly, the editors would like to thank Professor Kaira Cabañas for her guidance and support of this panel, as well as the staffs of the Visual Media Center and the Art History Department for their invaluable assistance.