Thursday, 5 June 2014, 5PM

UC San Diego, Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg (SME) Presentation Space #149
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

In 2012, the UCSD University Art Gallery launched a Curatorial Fellowship Program with the intent of attracting emerging curatorial talent and increasing diversity in contemporary curatorial practice. Among a competitive pool of applicants, Michelle H. Hyun was awarded the first Fellowship.

Hyun has an extensive background in programming innovative projects with a clear Public Culture emphasis and over the past two year’s she co-organized public programs and commissioned a new project for Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), and was the sole curator for We’d love your company, Timing is Everything, And how are we feeling today, and My Strangest Stranger at the University Art Gallery. Hyun will present an overview of her projects and reflect on her experience as the Curatorial Fellow.

Faculty members, Grant Kester and Mariana Wardwell, will be joined by local arts professional and educator, Alexander Jarman to engage in a dialogue with the audience and Hyun. Wardwell will act as a discussant to synthesize and lead a broader conversation about curating and discursive practices.

Event Schedule:

5:00-5:10 pm Introduction by Professor Grant Kester, former University Art Gallery Director

5:10-5:30 pm Michelle H. Hyun Presentation

5:30-6:30 pm Curating and Discursive Practices

Discussant: Assistant Professor Mariana Wardwell In dialogue with Michelle H. Hyun, Grant Kester, and Alexander Jarman



Michelle Y. Hyun is a curator and researcher working with the conditions and interrelationships of publics, institutions, built space and pedagogy in contemporary art.  Such work recently manifested in projects with artists Public Movement and Bik Van der Pol; producing SALONS: Birthright Palestine?, a performative/discursive program series for the New Museum Triennial The Ungovernables (2012), and Elements of Composition [As Above, So Below], a site-specific public installation, walking tour series, and publication for the Creative Time exhibition Living as Form (2011). She is the 2012-14 Curatorial Fellow at the University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego and an associate curator for the Gwangju Biennale 20th Anniversary exhibition, Sweet Dew - After 1980

Alexander Jarman Alexander Jarman is an artist and arts professional living in San Diego; the opportunity to make art is just as important to him as the responsibility to serve the art community well. Jarman is currently an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and Artist-in-Residence at the San Diego Museum of Art, where he was previously Manager of Public Programs for 6 years. Through his work with the Museum he has been able to provide exhibition and programming opportunities to innovative, emerging artists as well as bring established, important minds to the region. Currently, Jarman leads the Museum’s public art program, Open Spaces, which places decision-making processes about community art in the hands of local residents.

Additionally, he has also worked as a curator outside the San Diego Museum of Art, most recently at the Southwestern College Art Gallery and the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT). Since 2011, Jarman has proudly served as Board Member at SDSpace4Art in the East Village neighborhood of San Diego. He has exhibited as an artist at many local San Diego galleries, including Helmuth Projects, Canvas Gallery, Bread and Salt, and Mesa College Art Gallery.

Grant Kester is Professor of Art History, and Director of the University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego. Kester is one of the leading figures in the emerging critical dialogue around “relational” or “dialogical” art practices. His publications include Art, Activism and Oppositionality: Essays from Afterimage (Duke University Press, 1998),Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art (University of California Press, 2004) and The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context (Duke University Press, 2011). His curatorial projects include “Unlimited Partnerships: Collaboration in Contemporary Art” at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York in 2000 and “Groundworks: Environmental Collaborations in Contemporary Art” at Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. Kester's essays have been published in The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 (Blackwell, 2005), Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1945 (Blackwell, 2004), Poverty and Social Welfare in America: An Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio, 2004), Politics and Poetics: Radical Aesthetics for the Classroom (St. Martins Press, 1999), the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Ethics, Information and Technology: Readings(McFarland, 1997) as well as journals including Afterimage, Art Journal, E-Flux Journal, October,Variant (Scotland), Public Art Review, Exposure, The Nation, Third Text, Social Text and Art Papers. He is currently completing an anthology of writings by art collectives working in Latin America, in collaboration with Bill Kelley.

Mariana Wardwell (aka Botey) Modern / Contemporary Latino American Art History Mariana Razo Wardwell earned a Ph.D. with an emphasis in critical theory from the Visual Studies Department at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently the academic director for the interdisciplinary graduate seminar Zonas de Disturbio, a collaboration project of the Art History Graduate Program and the Campus Expandido Program at the University Museum for Contemporary Art (MUAC) in Mexico City. She is also a research fellow at the CENIDIAP-INBA (National Center for Research, Information and Documentation of the Visual Arts at the National Institute for the Fine Arts) where she is the academic director for the design and development committee of the Ph.D. Program DETA: Doctorado en Estudios y Teoría del Arte. From 2007 to 2009 Wardwell was a dissertation research fellow at the University of California MEXUS Program. She obtained an MFA from the Studio Art Program at the same institution and a B.A.H. from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London. Her work has been part of exhibitions such as: " Eco: arte contemporáneo mexicano," National Museum of Art Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain, 2005); "Independent Los Angeles," Disney Hall (Los Angeles, USA, 2003); "Axis México: Common Objects and Cosmopolitan Actions," San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, USA, 2002); "The Axiomatic Arcade," Track 16 Gallery (Santa Monica, USA, 2001); "Video Latinoamericano," National Museum of Art Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain, 2001); "Mexeperimental Cinema Program," Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain 2000 – New York, USA, 1999), and "At the Curve of the World," Track 16 Gallery (Santa Monica, USA, 2000). Wardwell is a founding member of the editorial and curatorial committee of The Red Specter: a phantasmal, agitation, and conspiratorial organization working at the intersection of art, politics and theory. The Red Specter is based in Mexico City and is at the center of a wide web of international collaborations with artist, critics, designers and curators.


Image courtesy of the UC San Diego University Art Gallery.


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