As artists are increasingly reflecting on modes of institutional knowledge production to make their work the role of the curator is shifting. This workshop thought through how these changes are shaping artist-curator dynamics, engagement and relationship to institutions, and community; as well as possibilities for curators and artists to work together to create contexts for performance in museums without dedicated performance departments.
This program was presented by ICI in collaboration with Denniston Hill, where Autumn Knight was in residence in 2017, and continues ICI’s engagement with organizations and individual partners in the New York region to think together about our shared investments. I
Autumn Knight is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video and text. Her performance work has been on view at various institutions including DiverseWorks, Project Row Houses, Blaffer Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Crystal Bridges Museum, and Krannert Art Museum. Knight has been an artist in residence with Denniston Hill (2017) and most recently Triangle Arts Association (2019).
Amy L. Powell is curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research engages contemporary art with a commitment to university art museums as sites for knowledge production and experimentation. Her exhibitions at KAM include And yet my mask is powerful with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal, Attachment, Time / Image, and Zina Saro-Wiwa: Did You Know We Taught Them How to Dance? Previously Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, she organized solo projects with Zineb Sedira, Clarissa Tossin, Anna Campbell, and Antena (poets/translators/interpreters Jen Hofer and John Pluecker). Her work has been supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a Ph.D. in art history in 2012.