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Alternative Curatorial Practices Panel

Otis MFA Public Practice

Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Please join us for our annual Alternative Curatorial Practices panel presented as part of the Otis MFA Public Practice Field Methods course.


We are excited to share presentations by:
Micol Hebron
Bettina Korek
Lucia Sanroman
Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Moderated by Anuradha Vikram, 18th Street Arts Center


6-7pm  Participating Curators and Field Methods Class Dinner Meeting

7pm+  Panel on Alternative Curatorial practices - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Micol Hebron is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator based in Los Angeles. She received her BA and MFA from UCLA. She is an assistant professor of New Genres at Chapman University, and a founding member of the Gallery Tally project, the LA Art Girls, and co-founder of the Fontbron Academy, with Robert Fontenot. She was the chief-curator-in-residence of exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Contemporary art in 2010-2011. Hebron was awarded a 2012 California Community Foundation Fellowship for her contributions to the LA community. She is currently represented by Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles. Hebron has written and/or edited for X-Tra magazine, Artforum, Arte Contexto, Flash Art, and Art Pulse. Her collaborative project (en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project is currently on view at ForYourArt in Los Angeles through April 25th.

Bettina Korek is a special projects producer and the founder of ForYourArt, a public practice based in Los Angeles that serves as a platform to produce and distribute artists’ work. Bettina has advised initiatives and organizations including the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, the J. Paul Getty Trust/Pacific Standard Time and Special Olympics Los Angeles 2015. Bettina is the special projects editor of Surface and contributes regularly to art and lifestyle publications. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and serves as chair of its Civic Art Committee.

Lucia Sanroman is an independent curator and writer and served as Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego from 2006 to 2011 where she curated Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie (2011), Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape (co-curated with Pedro Alonzo in 2010), and Here Not There: San Diego Art Now (2010). She also curated a large-scale site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist Ruben Ochoa (2010) and monographic exhibitions by Hector Zamora, Joshua Mosley, and Nina Katchadourian among others. In 2008 she co-curated, with Ruth Estévez, Proyecto Cívico for the Centro Cultural Tijuana.

Pilar Tompkins Rivas is Coordinator of Curatorial Initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and a curator who has organized dozens of exhibitions working with established, mid-career, and emerging artists from around the world. She has developed projects for the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 at LACMA, UCLA’s Fowler Museum, the Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and the Watts Towers Arts Center, and for international venues including Triangle France, Marseille, France, Museo de Arte Zapopan, Mexico, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico, Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt, and Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca e città di Cortona, Italy.

Anuradha Vikram is the Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center. Curatorial positions include Curator of the Worth Ryder Art Gallery and Coordinator of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series for UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice; Director at Aicon Gallery Palo Alto; Program Director at Headlands Center for the Arts; Associate Producer of Zero One San Jose; and Exhibitions Director at Richmond Art Center. She began her love affair with artists-in-residence as Studio Manager of the Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen studio in New York. She has served as Executive Committee Chair of ArtTable of Northern California and Board Chair of Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco, and earned an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a BS in Studio Art from New York University.

Her recent exhibitions include Occupations: Art Takes Up Space, an installation of contemporary video art in downtown Oakland with Block Gallery, as well as Social Fabric at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, Spaces of Life: The Art of Sonya Rapoport at Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, and Transforming Fictions, a curated residency presenting four Asian American artists at the DeYoung Museum Artist Studio in San Francisco. Her projects at Worth Ryder Art Gallery include solo exhibitions with Mariam Ghani, Damaso Reyes, Edgar Heap of Birds, and Ryan and Trevor Oakes, as well as thematic group shows on topics such as work-life balance, art’s relationship to science and technology, borders and migration, and feminist and queer politics on a global scale. Her writing has appeared in X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Hyperallergic, Leonardo, SF Camerawork Journal, Afterimage, and Open Space (blog of the SFMOMA). She is a regular contributor to Artillery magazine and Editor of the #Hashtags column for DAILY SERVING.:



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Otis MFA Public Pracitce

Alternative Curatorial Practices
Spring 2013 Panel

Featured: Allison Agsten, Curator of Public Engagement, Hammer Museum; Dan Cameron, Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art; Cesar Garcia, U.S. Commissioner, 13th International Cairo Biennale; Morton Goll, Artist and Director of The Trampoline House; Tone Olaf Nielsen, Kuratorisk Aktion; John Spiak , Grand Central Santa Ana. Moderated by Ciara Ennis Director/Curator of Pitzer Art Galleries at Pitzer College.

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When & Where

Otis MFA Public Practice Studio at the 18th Street Arts Center
1657 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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