Expanded Performance: lecture Anthony Huberman

Thursday 11 October 2012, 8 pm
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
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Part of: Expanded Performance

The New York based curator and author Anthony Huberman is one of the main sources of inspiration for Expanded Performance. In his text Take Care (2011) Huberman characterizes small art spaces (a category Stroom as a non-museum places itself in) in terms of their behavior, he places the how above the what. Small art places can distinguish themselves in how they operate and how they behave. For example, instead of regarding an exhibition as a means to keep objects and processes under control and to use them to prove a point as a curator or institution, one might use the exhibition to discover, along with the visitors, how the point you wanted to prove behaves itself and how it develops. You would be publicly following, with others, the life of an idea rather than having your explanations ready in advance.

The opening of an exhibition is the start of a process of thought, of a curatorial idea and not the end thereof. With Expanded Performance we give this approach a try, in a very literal way. Huberman calls this a more affective approach by institutions and curators, shifting from ‘knowing' and ‘explaining' to ‘caring about' or ‘caring for'. Expanded Performance explores the possibilities of an alternative way of programming, in which taking time, exploring a theme with your audience and an affective way of working are central ingredients.

Anthony Huberman is a curator and writer based in New York, where he is currently the Director of The Artist's Institute and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College. Previously, he worked as Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Curator of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and Curator of SculptureCenter in New York, and has organized a wide variety of independent projects around the world. He also directed the education and public programming at MoMA P.S.1, where he initiated WPS1, the museum's radio station. He has published texts in Artforum, Afterall, Dot Dot Dot, Flash Art, Bomb, and Mousse, as well as in many exhibition catalogues.

Video below: Within the context of the exhibition 'For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn't there' curator Anthony Huberman talks about his curatorial process

Lecture Anthony Huberman at Stroom Den Haag
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Lecture Anthony Huberman at Stroom Den Haag
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Excerpt from 'Take Care', published in 'Circular Facts' (Sternberg Press, 2011)
Anthony Huberman
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