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Museum Revisited

Saturday October 16th, 2pm
Science Gallery auditorium, Pearse St. Dublin.
Bookings: email mavis @ with subject header Museum Revisited

With Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum and Shamim M. MominDirector/Curator of Los Angeles Nomadic Division

Culture Ireland in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and IADT’s MA in Visual Arts Practices (MAVIS) are delighted to invite you to a public session of short presentations followed by Q and A with Anne Ellegood and Shamim M. Momin.

During the session, ‘Museum Revisited’ Anne Ellegood and Shamim M. Momin will reflect on issues raised in the Summer 2010 issue of Artforum in relation to their own knowledge and experience of the West Coast art scene. In particular, the discussion will consider the relevance of ‘New Institutionalism’ (associated with the work of European curators such as Charles Esche and Maria Lind) to current curatorial practice in US institutions.

Visual culture has changed. As a gallery director and soon a museum director, I am adapting to this new audience and the artists who come out of it.” —Jeffrey Deitch, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

“As public institutions museums have lost much of their mediatory power and…privileged position in defining what we understand to be culture…There is therefore a pressing need to invent new models.” —Manuel Borja-Villel, Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

“The museum—far from being an institution to be deserted posthaste—is a crucial site of political contestation.” —Chantal Mouffe

The Museum Revisited: Artforum Summer 2010

“New Institutionalism is the buzzword of current European curatorial discourse. A term poached from social science, it classifies effectively a field of curatorial practice, institutional reform and critical debate concerned with the transformation of art institutions from within. New Institutionalism is characterized by the rhetoric of temporary/transient encounters, states of flux and open-endedness. It embraces a dominant strand of contemporary art practice – namely that which employs dialogue and participation to produce event or process-based works rather than objects for passive consumption. New Institutionalism responds to (some even say assimilates) the working methods of artistic practice and furthermore, artist-run initiatives, whilst maintaining a belief in the gallery, museum or arts centre, and by association their buildings, as a necessary locus of, or platform for, art. — Claire Doherty, Curator and Research Fellow UWE Bristol. 2004

Anne Ellegood is Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum where she’ll be part of the team developing and organising the Los Angeles Biennial in 2012. Previously Ellegood served as Curator of contemporary art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., as the New York-based curator for contemporary art collector and philanthropist Peter Norton, and as associate curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, where she organized exhibitions such as “Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces” and “Candice Breitz: Babel Series.” Ellegood has published articles in various magazines and written essays for exhibition catalogues, and has also been visiting professor at Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies and at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She received her master’s degree in curatorial studies from Bard in 1998 and holds a bachelor’s degree in womens studies from the University of Colorado.

Shamim M. Momin is Director/Curator of LAND, the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, a non-profit organisation committed to supporting dynamic and unconventional artistic practices by curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects. LAND engages with three kinds of projects: large-scale, multi-aritist, multi-site exhibitions and single-site group exhibitions; new commissions of single mid-career or established artists; and new work by lesser known or emerging artists. Momim is also an Adjunct Curator for the Whitney Museum of American Art where she co-curated the 2008 and 2004 Whitney Biennial exhibitions. Other projects include PavilioM. at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), a commissioned solo exhibition of video artist Alex Bag (2009) at the Whitney, a group exhibition entitled Nothingness and Being (2009) at Colección Jumex near Mexico City, and The Station, an independent group exhibition during Art Basel 2008.

The ‘Museum Revisited’ will be moderated by Amanda Ralph, Programme Director MA in Visual Arts Practices programme, IADT.

You can register for this free event by emailing mavis @ with Museum Revisited in the subject line.