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Curating Europes’ Futures

Yaiza Hernández Velázquez: New Institutionalism Revisited

14.04.2015, 18:00 - 20:00 - CCA, Glasgow

This presentation and discussion aims to instigate retrospective readings of “new institutionalism” and the ways these relate to our thinking around contemporary curatorial practice.

“For a while, at least, the term ‘new institutionalism’ functioned to refer to putatively ‘progressive’ institutions which, as was often stated, had internalised the institutional critique of previous generations. This talk interrogates the politics of new institutionalism, and indeed, whether the critical stance that seemed to define it was ever operative at more than a thematic level. The case is made that new institutional models are indeed necessary for the continuing vitality of contemporary art but that they will have to go further than merely sheltering or showcasing radical positions.”

You can watch a recording of the presentation here.

Yaiza Hernández is Lecturer in Exhibition Studies at Central St Martins, London.  She worked in a number of art institutions while pursuing academic research first in Visual Culture at Middlesex University and currently at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy in Kingston, where she is completing her PhD examining the changing role of the art curator.  Previously she was director of CENDEAC (running a publishing house and events programme focused on contemporary cultural theory) and curator at  CAAM in the Canary Islands, a contemporary art museum with a particular focus on African and Latin American art. Her most recent text to appear in English is in the anthology Inter/Multi/Cross/Trans (Montehermoso, 2012), and she is currently working on two sole authored books: ‘Repressive Tolerance’, which examines the ulterior life of “new museology”, and ‘General Theory’, on the peculiar academisation of critical theory in the field of art.

This event is organised with the kind co-operation of Mónica Núñez Laiseca, Senior Lecturer, MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at Glasgow School of Art and produced with support from Scottish Contemporary Art Network.

Curating Europes’ Futures is a collaboratively-organised series that explores contemporary curatorial and artistic practices which have critically addressed themselves to the processes of socio-economic restructuring, identity politics, gender dynamics and cultural policies within ‘post-bloc’ Europe. These discussions are free, open to the public, aimed principally at artists, researchers, curators and those with an active interest in the changing contexts of interdisciplinary, experimental and investigative curatorial and artistic practices.

image: internet sourced image of the protest at MACBA (the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona) by students of Pei (Independent Studies Programme) MACBA 24.03.2015