The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

The Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley presents CURATING PEOPLE

when: 2011-04-28, starts at 5:00 p.m.
where: The Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley

April 28-29, 2011

All events are free and open to the public.

This is the first in a series of convenings organized by the ARC Art + Time research group that will bring together artists, scholars and curators to discuss the blurring boundary between performance and visual art, and how this inter-penetration impacts the creation, presentation, and reception of new work. This first iteration will ask: What does it mean to produce visual artists whose work incorporates live performance, or theatre/dance artists who are presenting their work in galleries and museums? What are the headaches, the new skill sets needed, the unforeseen consequences?

Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics
Judith Butler in conversation with UCIRA Affiliate Shannon Jackson
Performance Art Institute, 575 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Judith Butler (Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley) and Shannon Jackson (Professor of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies and Rhetoric, UC Berkeley) will discuss issues raised by Jackson’s new book Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics (Routledge, 2011).

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 11am-6pm:
Curating People
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Topics to be addressed including the emerging role of the performing arts “curator,” the particular issues that arise when “curating screens,” and the history and current state of the institutional ecology that supports cross-arts experimentation in the Bay Area.

Participating artists include choreographer Lucinda Childs, multi-media artist Tony Labat (New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute), and film and video artist Trinh T. Minh-ha (Gender & Women’s Studies and Rhetoric, UC Berkeley). Participating curators include Constance Lewallen (Berkeley Art Museum), Betti-Sue Hertz and Angela Mattox (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), Frank Smigiel (SFMOMA), Stephen Tourell (Performance Art Institute), Susan Miller (Berkeley Center for New Media, formerly of New Langton Arts), Erin Doughton and Kristan Kennedy (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), and David Henry (ICA-Boston). Moderators and respondents include Shannon Jackson (Theater, Dance & Performance Studies and Rhetoric, UC Berkeley), Anne Walsh (Art Practice, UC Berkeley), Erika Balsom (Film and Media Studies, UC Berkeley) and Leigh Markopoulos (Curatorial Studies, California College of Art).

Please see the ARC website ( for a detailed event schedule and recommended live art events taking place each evening.

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