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Curating Change

Curating Change

September 28, 2021
6-7:30pm (CST)

Hosted via Zoom.

Join us for a conversation with two curatorial leaders—Amy Sadao and Ginger Shulick Porcella—who bring an unwavering commitment to diversity and equity in the art world. In their careers, Sadao and Shulick Porcella have directed organizations that foreground communities, support radical artistic practice from the margins, and serve as beacons of hope in our trying times. In this dialogue, they will discuss their previous roles, the work they are doing today, and how they hope to continue moving the conversation of field-wide transformation forward.

About the Speakers

Amy Sadao received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1995 and an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. She was Executive Director of Visual AIDS for the Arts from 2002-2012; she also served as the Daniel W. Dietrich II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia from 2012-2019, showcasing an epic range of contemporary artists such as Nayland Blake, Nicole Eisenman, Rodney McMillian, and Cauleen Smith. Sadao lives in Philadelphia where she is currently the Program Director for Denniston Hill and co-curator for the upcoming FotoFest Biennial in Houston that will premiere in 2022.

Ginger Shulick Porcella currently serves as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Franconia Sculpture Park. She holds an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Art History from DePaul University. She was previously the Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOCA Tucson, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the San Diego Art Institute, and the Executive Director of Art Connects New York. She has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions such as: Cyclic with Cassils and Ron Athey; Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality and the Occult in Contemporary Art; and Dazzled: OMD, Memphis Design and Beyond. She is currently developing Kenny Scharf’s first touring retrospective and catalogue raisonné.

Amy Sadao; Photo by Vincent Dixon
Ginger Shulick Porcella; Photo by Lee Noble