Curating as Artistic Practice
July 21, 2019
Weisman Art Museum
Led by Minnesota art practitioners, this workshop will be dedicated to creative work that merges curatorial and art practices, discussing systems that support expanded concepts of art practice and the ethical implications of doing (or not doing) this work. The workshop will inspire artists and organizers in the Twin Cities to change conversations around valuing and validating artistic and curatorial work to incorporate new integrative practices in their projects and bring new practitioners—with an emphasis on women and people of color—to an evolving curatorial field.
Sally Frater’s practice explores issues of spatial theory, memory, the archive, and photography. She has curated exhibitions for the Luminato Festival, the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, Project Row Houses, the Pollock Gallery, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, A Space Gallery, and the McMaster Museum of Art. Previously, she worked as Program Director at The Print Studio in Hamilton, ON and as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art.
Wing Young Huie
For over thirty years, photographer Wing Young Huie has captured the complex cultural realities of American society. His works, Lake Street USA and the University Avenue Project, transformed Minneapolis and Saint Paul thoroughfares into six-mile photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of their citizens. His projects explore a myriad of social issues, including immigration, race, adoption, urban and rural life, faith, gender, and homelessness. In spring 2011 Wing opened The Third Place Gallery, which serves as an urban living room for guest artists, social conversation, karaoke, and ping pong.
Curator and Arts Administrator
Keisha was co-curator of the 2019 Mapping Black Identities at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia) and she founded the Curatorial Advisory Committee at Mia. Keisha is a contributing author to the publication “Accessibility, Inclusion, and Diversity and Critical Event Studies” (Routledge, 2019). Keisha is currently serving as Curatorial Department Assistant and Artist Liaison in Contemporary Art at Mia. She believes that everyone has a vital voice in the curatorial process and that it is important to examine and dismantle historical power dynamics and embrace co-curation.