9: Art Curation and Architecture with Catharina Manchanda
Catharina Manchanda, the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Seattle Art Museum, discusses the complexities of art curation as a social, cultural, aesthetic and spatial practise, both in the local and global contexts. Topics include: exhibition design, Seattle art culture, design as staging, the impact of the digital, and building facades as art canvas.
1:00 You don’t like the word ‘design’?
2:27 “There is no such thing as an invisible hand--there is always a constructive and thoughtful element that goes into the mounting of an exhibition.”
3:23 How is a collection architecturalized into an exhibit?
5:02 The spatial presence of paintings, the Big Picture exhibit, painter Jo Baer, and the backsides of canvases
8:23 “Everything is under development in contemporary art.”
10:08 As a curator, how do you make a body of work?
12:12 “All Eyes on You”: politics of vision, Las Meninas, sightlines and point of view
14:17 Anxiety for artists releasing their work from studio to exhibit: Ed Roche painting
17:33 More exploration vs chronological bend and emphasis on European and North American in exhibitions
19:22 Role of museum exhibitions in architectural discourse: Philip Johnson’s Modernism exhibition and Deconstructivist exhibition at MOMA
20:21 More “conversation” than “time capsule” exhibits to break up a monolithic Modernism
22:02 Brazil postwar: geometric abstraction and poetry vs US postwar: gestural abstraction
23:14 Influence, regionalism, and Seattle in relation to the world: isolated or “pioneer”?
24:44 Ian Wallace, Vancouver artist
28:13 Influence of the SAM Asian Art collection on Northwest Modernists (Mark Tobey, Morris Graves)
29:41 Yayoi Kusama show
30:37 A digital frontier?
31:02 Gary Hill exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery: new technology, ongoing exploration
32:54 Seattle Art Museum façade by Doug Aitken, Mirror responds, an ever-changing collage
34:04 Tamiko Thiel’s Gardens of the Anthropocene augmented reality installation at Olympic Sculpture Park
34:48 Tech industry’s (lack of) connection to art
36:51 What’s next in museum spaces, after the white box of modernism?
37:51 Future of the façade