Amanda Hunt: Nesnadny Schwartz Visiting Curator Talk
November 29, 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland

Amanda Hunt was the Fall 2016 Visiting Curator and for her talk she detailed her curatorial approach to organizing her past and recent exhibition projects. 

Amanda Hunt is now Director of Education and Public Programs at MOCA Los Angeles and at the time of this talk served as Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem where she managed the Artist-in-Residence program. Her exhibitions at the Studio Museum included Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015-16, Rashaad Newsome: THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE, Lorraine O'Grady: Art is..., In Profile: Portraits from the Permanent Collection and the group exhibition A Constellation. Hunt is the curator of inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd, a multi-site public art initiative to be in four Historic Harlem Parks.

Hunt curated Portland 2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Oregon, and was a curator at the non-profit art space LA><ART from 2011-2014. Hunt helped to produce two major initiatives in Los Angeles, including the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, co-producted by LA><ART and the Getty Research Institute, and Made in LA 2012, the first Los Angeles biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART. Hunt also seved as the Curatorial Assistant for the Los Angeles City Pavilion for the 9th Shanghai Biennale in 2012. She has workd at various galleries and institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institue for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco , and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hunt holds her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts in San Franciso.

Projections Film and Video Program
Agnieszka Polska: Future Days
May 12, 2016
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Agnieszka Polska’s film, Future Days follows a group of dead artists, writers, and philosophers, former members of the 20th century neo-avant-garde, as they ceaselessly roam a deserted and surreal landscape in the afterlife. While wandering the group is seemingly incapable of creativity and are bound to spin a series of aimless philosophical objectives and ideas. The landscapes they traverse are as stark as they are lushly beautiful and throughout are punctuated with remnants of a once aesthetically invested built environment comprised of historic land-art masterpieces.(2013, 29 min.)

Projections Film and Video Program
Chto Delat: Border Musical
April 28, 2016
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Russian collective Chto Delat (What is to be done?) makes deftly critical and humorous projects that merge political theory, art, and activism.Border Musical tells the story of the Russian Tanja as she abandons everything she knows to live with her son and new husband Ola in Norway. A recurring cast of dramatic, comical and performative characters help Ola and Tanja as they negotiate their at times significant cultural differences to live an acceptable Norwegian life. (2013, 49 min.)

Projections Film and Video Program
Emily Wardill: When You Fall Into A Trance
March 10, 2016
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

When You Fall Into a Trance traces a series of complex and at times disorienting psychological and metaphysical relationships between a neuroscientist, her patient, an aid worker, and a synchronized swimmer. The film’s narrative focuses on the neuroscientist, Dominique, as she confronts a patient’s complex neurological condition. As Dominique becomes fascinated with the condition and the resulting behavior, her work and personal life come together in unsettling and confounding ways. (2014, 72 min)

Double Take: Multimedia Compositions
Kudzanai Chiuria: Iyeza
March 4, 2016
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Zimbabwean-born artist Kudzanai Chiurai investigates issues facing the African continent today through video. Dr. Leora Maltz-Leca, associate professor of contemporary art in RISD’s History of Art and Visual Culture department delves into political, cultural, and art historical references with Dr. Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University

Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine
November 4, 2015
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

In conjunction with the exhibition Steffani Jemison: Maniac Chase, Escaped Lunatic, and Personal, the artist shares her vision and process, with a special emphasis on her video practice. Jemison uses time-based, photographic, sculptural, and discursive platforms to examine “progress” and its alternatives in many of her works. A discussion with Jemison, Courtney J. Martin, assistant professor, History of Art & Architecture, Brown University, and A. Will Brown, curatorial assistant, Contemporary Art, RISD Museum, immediately follows.

Monument Lab  
Noon Time Talks
Jane Golden (Mural Arts) & Connor Barwin (Philadelphia Eagles)
June 5, 2015
Center Square, Philadelphia City Hall

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Founding Director and CEO Jane Golden and Philadelphia Eagles' Linebacker Connor Barwin speak at the Monument Lab at Philadelphia City Hall and discuss their ideas for public art in Philadelphia. 

Monument Lab  
An Evening in Memory of Terry Adkins
Jamaaladeen Tacuma and The Lone Wolf Recital Corps
June 3, 2015
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

An evening program in honor of the late artist Terry Adkins featuring a special performance by Jamaaladeen Tacuma and The Lone Wolf Recital Corps and a panel discussion which included Paul Farber, Ken Lum, Anthony Elms, Ernel Martinez and Billy Dufala. 

Monument Lab  
Opening and Dedication
May 15, 2015

Center Square, Philadelphia City Hall

The opening and dedication of the temporary public art exhibition and multidisciplinary history project Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. The evening featured a series of speeches by city officials, the curators, and civic leaders in the arts as well as a musical performance.

Projections Film and Video Program
Raqs Media Collective: The Capital of Accumulation
April 9, 2015 (with Raqs Media Collective)
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

The Capital of Accumulation (2010) is a video essay offering an oblique narrative in counterpoint to Rosa Luxemburg’s 1913 critique of global political economy, The Accumulation of Capital. Raqs Media Collective’s haunting, dreamlike montage pairs still and moving images with multiple narrator voices that meditate on Luxemburg’s legacy, the uncertain fate of her body, and the processes by which capitalism seeks to pervade societies around the world.

Projections Film and Video Program
Yael Bartana: True Finn—Tosi suomalainen
March 12, 2015 (with Daniel Peltz, Associate Professor, Film, Art Video, RISD)

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

True Finn—Tosi suomalainen (2014) documents a group of eight Finnish citizens of varying ethnic, religious, and ideological backgrounds as they participate in a seven-day social project. Invited by filmmaker Yael Bartana, the individuals were asked to carry out a series of group activities, including designing a new Finnish flag and rewriting the lyrics to the Finnish national anthem. The resulting film, shot in a documentary style, explores the intricacies of citizenship in an increasingly global society. (50 minutes)

Projections Film and Video Program
Shezad Dawood: Piercing Brightness
February 5, 2015 (with Andrew Weiner, Assistant Professor, Art Theory and Criticism, NYU)

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Shezad Dawood’s film Piercing Brightness (2013), the artist’s first feature-length film, blends experimental and established cinematic techniques to create a narrative about a group of human-like extraterrestrials sent to observe the human race. As two new visitors carry out their mission they discover the seductions of earth life and encounter a number of their own kind that desire to remain and participate in human culture and society permanently. (77 minutes)

Projections Film and Video Program
Šejla Kamerić: 1395 Days Without Red
December 11, 2014 (with Dr. Keith Brown, Professor of International Studies, Watson Institute, Brown University)

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Šejla Kamerić’s visually provocative reenactment of a journey through war-torn city streets examines the lingering effects from the siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s. Discussion follows with Keith Brown, Brown University Professor of International Studies and Director of the Brown International Advanced Research Institute. (2011, 65 min.)

Kennedy Browne: The Myth of the Many in the One
October 3, 2012 (co-hosted with Joseph del Pesco)
Gareth Kennedy and Sarah Browne
Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco

This program was a presentation of the newly produced work The Myth of the Many in the One by artist duo Kennedy Brown as well as a screening of an experimental interview A. Will Brown directed with the two artists and a hired actor. This program featured Gareth Kennedy and Sarah Browne, A. Will Brown, and Joseph del Pesco. 

Re-PRESENT: A Research Day
December 11, 2011 (with Ana Paula Cohen and Peta Rake)
Goldin + Senneby and Liam Everett
Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco

A day long program and exhibition that featured lectures and discussion led by Ana Paul Cohen, A. Will Brown, Dane Jensen, Ashley Stull and Peta Rake. Also, a special performance by Liam Everett accompanied an installation of two of his paintings. The program focused on the role of representing, and the effective means of re-presenting, research based artistic and curatorial projects. 


Waste Land: Vik Muniz
July 13, 2011 (screening)
Aspen Art Museum

An outdoor, summer, screening of Vik Muniz's film Waste Land. The program was free and open to the public. 

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello: Anthony Lucas
July 6, 2011 (screening)
Aspen Art Museum

An outdoor, summer, screening of Anthony Lucas' film The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello. The program was free and open to the public. 

David Shrigley Shorts
July 6, 2011 (screening)
Aspen Art Museum

An outdoor, summer, screening of a series of short animations by David Shrigley. The program was free and open to the public. 

Oedipus Marshal: Javier Téllez
June 29, 2011 (screening)
Aspen Art Museum

An outdoor, summer, screening of Javier Téllez film Waste Land. The program was free and open to the public.

Soy Mi Madre: Phil Collins
June 29, 2011 (screening)
Aspen Art Museum

An outdoor, summer, screening of Phil Collins' film Soy Mi Madre. The program was free and open to the public.

Fluxus Now (co-curator with Peta Rake and Roula Seikaly)
May 5, 2011 (performance)
Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco

A performance of a series of selected Fluxus scores and performance instructions by a group of children. This program was led by conductor and curator A. Will Brown, curator Peta Rake and curator Roula Seikaly and took place at the Live Worms Gallery in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. This program was produced with support from the California College of the Arts Curatorial Practice Program. With special thanks to the late Steven Lieber and his incredible collection, archive and brilliant leadership.