Laura Smith, Exhibition and Displays Curator, Tate St. Ives
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 4:30-5:30 PM
Discursive and Curatorial Productions Initiative
Department of Visual Arts, UC San Diego
Visual Arts Facility, 554

Presentation on forthcoming exhibition on the methodologies and literary practice of Virginia Woolf and its relevance for contemporary art. Laura Smith is Exhibitions and Displays Curator at the Tate St. Ives, United Kingdom. Her research interests focus on international contemporary art and its relationship to modernism, with a particular emphasis on questions of gender and identity and their relationship to art production, language, and literature. Smith is currently developing an exhibition centered on the methodologies and literary practice of Virginia Woolf, which will explore Woolf’s relationship to feminism, post-feminism, and women’s representations of landscape. She is interested in the legacy of feminism as a theoretical achievement that reshapes and renegotiates the idea of transformation in relation to society, politics, and art, and which elevates discussion beyond engendered body politics. Smith has curated solo exhibitions on Marlow Moss, Linder, Nick Relph, Gareth Jones, Patrick Heron and R.H. Quaytman, and worked on the group exhibitions, Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep (2013), International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915–1965 (2014) and The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate Collection (2014).