Tucson Museum of Art to Host “The Critical Eye: What Curators of Contemporary Art Look For” Panel Discussion

April 15 / 2013

The Tucson Museum of Art will host a panel discussion, “The Critical Eye: What Curators of Contemporary Art Look For,” on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Museum lobby. This event is free with Museum admission.

Moderated by Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Julie Sasse, this panel provides a unique opportunity to learn about some of the latest concerns and interests of curators first-hand. For this year’s Arizona Biennial 2013, the distinguished panel will include guest juror Rene Paul Barilleaux, Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; Dr. Sarah Cochran, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phoenix Art Museum; Claire C. Carter, Assistant Curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; and Emily Stamey, Associate Curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Their insights are sure to be of interest to art lovers and artists alike. “This event has become one of the most popular panel discussions hosted at the Tucson Museum of Art. It provides an opportunity for emerging artists and art enthusiasts of all kinds not only to meet some of the region’s influential curators, but also to learn about the trends in contemporary art and the interests of the curators who help to bring contemporary art to the public,” said Sasse.

Panelist Bios:
The Arizona Biennial 2013 juror is Rene Paul Barilleaux, Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Barilleaux received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1979 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in 1981. Prior to coming to the Mc Nay Art Museum in 2005, Barilleaux held curatorial positions at the Mississippi Museum of Art (1993-2005); Halsey Gallery at the College of Charleston, South Carolina (1992-1993); the Madison Art Center, Wisconsin (1986-1992); and the Museum of Holography, New York (1983-1986). Since joining the staff of the McNay in 2005, Barilleaux organized solo exhibitions of the work of Lynda Benglis, Jane Hammond, Joseph Marioni, Ernesto Pujol, and Sandy Skoglund, as well as American Art Since1945: In a New Light and New Image Sculpture, and Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune.

Dr. Sara Cochran is the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Phoenix Art Museum. Cochran received her doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art and has Maîtrise and DEA from the Université de la Sorbonne, Paris IV. She teaches annually for the Courtauld’s Summer School and gives an annual seminar course on contemporary theory for Arizona State University. She has published and lectured in both French and English. Dr. Cochran has organized a number of exhibitions including: And the Land Grew Quiet: New Work by Matthew Moore (2012); Seeing is Believing: Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth (2011) and Locals Only (2009) – an exhibition of Chicano and Latino artists working in the metro-Phoenix area. She is currently organizing exhibitions on the painting of Ahmed Alsoudani and Kehinde Wiley. Prior to coming to the Phoenix Art Museum, Cochran worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Claire C. Carter is the assistant curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA]. She received her M.A. in the History of Contemporary and Modern Art from the University of Glasgow and B.A. in Political Theory, Gender Studies and Art History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Carter has organized more than 17 exhibitions at SMoCA, including Narrow Road to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists, Artists Tell Stories (Mostly About Themselves), and At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer. She curated the first solo exhibition of Mexican/Brazilian artist Héctor Zamora in the United States, facilitating the commission and production of two new works for SMoCA. In 2013, her exhibitions present a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists, including Cory Arcangel, Olafur Eliasson, Christian Marclay, Ernesto Neto, Hiroshi Senju, Paolo Soleri and Masao Yamamoto. She is currently working on a Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns, which is expected to travel internationally in 2015.

Emily Stamey is Associate Curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.  Prior to assuming this post, Stamey was the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas (2008–2012) and the co-curator for the re-installation of the 20th– and 21st-century gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas (2006–2008). Stamey is the author of Jolán Gross-Bettelheim: The American Prints (2001), The Prints of Roger Shimomura: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1968–2005 (2006), and Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles (2013). Her recent curatorial projects include the presentation of Tell It Like It Is: Candor in Contemporary Video Art and commissioning integrated outdoor public artworks by sculptor Tony Feher. Her art historical scholarship centers on ethnic identities and social themes in American art. Stamey received her BA in Art History from Grinnell College in Iowa and her MA and PhD in Art History from the University of Kansas. She was recently selected as one of the 32 international participants in the Getty Leadership Institute program Museum Leaders: The Next Generation.

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block connects art to life, inspiring discovery, creativity, and cultural understanding through meaningful, engaging experiences. The Museum is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. The first Sunday of each month is free. It is located at 140 North Main Avenue in historic downtown Tucson, at the crossroads of West Alameda and North Main Avenue. The Museum also includes five historic houses, public tours, and a Research Library.


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