Artadia and Atlanta Contemporary have invited Andrea Andersson, Founding Director & Chief Curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, and Independent Curator with Kara Tucina Olidge, PhD, Executive Director, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, and Cameron Shaw, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles, for a free public program to be held virtually via Zoom.
In her presentation, In Place of Place-Making, Andrea in conversation with Kara and Cameron will be speaking about the recent history of cultural place-making—to unpack its contributions and value but also to propose an alternative model that invests in shared ideas over landmarks.
Thursday September 17, 6:00pm – 7:00pm ET
Andrea Andersson serves as Founding Director and Chief Curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought. Previously she worked as The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans where over the past five years she organized and toured exhibition including Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible, Rashaad Newsome: Mélange, Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, Jockum Nordström: Why is Everything A Rag, Sarah Morris: Sawdust & Tinsel, Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick: Labor Studies, Zarouhie Abdalian: Production, Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension, Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, Meg Turner: Here & Now, and welcomed touring exhibitions from Jacqueline Humphries, Akosua Adoma Owusu, and Senga Nengudi. Together with Siglio Press, she edited artists books with Adam Pendleton and Cecilia Vicuña, as well as the group artists book Hinge Pictures. In 2018, she edited the critical anthology, Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art. Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, co-edited with Antonio Sergio Bessa, is forthcoming from Yale University Press. She has taught at Barnard College and New York University. She is an alumna of Stanford University (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D).
Kara Tucina Olidge, Ph.D. is a scholar, arts and educational administrator and the Executive Director of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. She is the former Deputy Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the New York Public Library based in Harlem. Prior to joining the Schomburg in 2012, Olidge was the Director of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a nonprofit organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Newark, New Jersey. Her scholarly work focuses on the intersection of art, critical cosmopolitanism and community activism.
Cameron Shaw is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles, where she guides the curatorial and education departments, as well as marketing and communications. Shaw was previously the co-founder and executive director of New Orleans-based Pelican Bomb, a non-profit contemporary art organization that presented a forum for exhibitions, public programs, and arts journalism. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2008. Her writing frequently focuses on the history of Black art and image practices since 1960, and has been widely published, including in The New York Times, Art in America, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and BOMB Magazine, as well as in numerous books and exhibition catalogues. She was awarded a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing in 2009 and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation | Art in America Writing Fellowship in 2015.
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