Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Curator Talk: Bartholomew Ryan

January 23, 2014 / 7:00pm

Free and open to all

How can you be a curator and a "person" at the same time? How do you balance curatorial ambition and opportunity with casual engagement and broader needs? And to whom are you responsible as a curator: the institution you work for, the artists you work with, the audience your exhibitions reach? Taking his work on the exhibition 9 Artists (featuring Yael Bertana, Danh Vo, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard, Hito Steyerl, Liam Gillick, and Nástio Mosquito) as a starting point, Ryan discusses what curating means to him. He proposes ‘curate sometimes then die’ as a viable ethic to maintain a relationship to both his chosen field and also to the broader world, creating space to both consider art and also play pool in bars with people who are there to play pool in bars.
Initiated in fall 2003, the Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Curator Program brings distinguished curators to Cleveland to conduct one-on-one studio visits with local artists to provide professional exposure and critical feedback from accomplished art world professionals. In addition to studio visits, NSVC curators deliver a public talk on their curatorial work and perspective.