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While programs are geared towards our fellows’ learning goals, the Emerging Curators Institute wants to make curatorial education accessible, so our events are free and open to the public. Join us for an upcoming event on topics relevant to curatorial practice.

Upcoming Events

Postponed: We Are New Again

Due to public health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 Film North and Emerging Curators Institute have decided to postpone this exhibition to a later date.

In the meantime, we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding with this situation. Sign up to our email list for the latest updates on upcoming virtual program.

March 16 – May 21, 2020
Marsden-Gustafsen Gallery at Film North
550 Vandalia St., Suite 120, St. Paul, MN 55114

We Are New Again, explores the relationship between home, lineage, and ritual. Curated by Amirah Ellison, the exhibition features artwork by Ayana Lance, Candice Davis, and Kehayr Brown. For the artists, the creative process is a visualization of racial trauma as a means of filling in the gaps left behind by buried histories. For Ellison, the curatorial process is an invitation to bear witness to the work, through the arrangement of an oasis that sheds the barriers of traditional gallery space and seeks to increase intimacy between image, object, and viewer. Rather than presenting one singular truth, this exhibition is a space for the viewer to call forth the past, to remember. Through an assemblage of materials, including wood, fabric, moving image, and blood, these artists practices create a space for ancestral recollection and contemplation of the sacred.

Through our program Ellison developed this exhibition by attending monthly cohort meetings with fellow emerging curators, a mentorship with Tia-Simone Gardner, and meetings with visiting curators. We appreciate our exhibition partner, Film North, a non-profit organization that empowers artists to tell their stories, launch and sustain successful careers, and advance The North as a leader in the national network of independent filmmakers.

Postponed: Curating Beyond Exhibition

Due to rising concerns around COVID-19, the Emerging Curators Institute is postponing our upcoming public program, Curating Beyond Exhibition. We believe this is the best precaution for the safety and well-being of our speakers, guests, fellows, mentors, and staff.

Any current registrations will not be deleted and we will keep you updated as we plan for a safer time to host Curating Beyond Exhibition.

In the meantime, we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding with this situation.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at [email protected]

March 15, 2020

Fresh Oysters Performance Research
512 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Starting at 2pm.

This event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited so please register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot.

Join us for a conversation with Abrons Arts Center’s Director of Programming Ali Rosa-Salas and the Walker Art Center’s Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow Allie Tepper on what it means to curate in addition to, outside of, and beyond exhibitions. Rosa-Salas and Tepper will explore their wide-ranging practices covering not only the curation of exhibitions, but also performances, public programs, magazines, and more.

Ali Rosa-Salas is the Director of Programming at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement in New York City, where she develops the Center’s live programming, exhibitions, and residencies. As an independent curator, she has produced visual art exhibitions, performances, and public programs with AFROPUNK, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, DISCWOMAN, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, Weeksville Heritage Center, and more. She has also organized discursive events as an Alumnae Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and as the Associate Curator of the 2017 American Realness Festival. She graduated from Barnard with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with interdisciplinary concentrations in Dance and Race/Ethnic Studies and has an M.A. from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.

Allie Tepper is a curator and currently the Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow at the Walker Art Center. Her recent exhibitions include Rabih Mroué: Again we are defeated (Walker Art Center, 2019), Not for Everybody: Hadi Fallahpisheh, Baseera Khan, and Gloria Maximo (Simone Subal Gallery, 2018), Derek Fordjour: Half Mast (Whitney Museum of American Art, 2018), Running Towards the Sun: Guadalupe Maravilla, Grace Rosario Perkins, & Efraín Rozas (315 Gallery, 2018), and In Practice: Another Echo (SculptureCenter, 2018). She has held curatorial positions previously at the Whitney Museum and MoMA and is the former assistant director of the magazine and arts venue Triple Canopy.

Selected work from Deaccessionings, Candice Davis. Courtesy of the artist.

Past Events

Revitalizing Symbols

January 10 – February 14, 2020
Opening Reception: January 10 | 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: January 28 | 7pm
Curated by Alexandra Buffalohead.

Collective Curating

September 28, 2019
The Minnesota Museum of American Art

Artist-Centered Curatorial Practice

August 28, 2019
The White Page

Curating as Artistic Practice

July 21, 2019
Weisman Art Museum
11–4 pm

Information Session

June 11, 2019
Film North
6:30–8 pm

Prayers for Water, 2016,
Debra Yepa-Pappan. Digital print on antique ledger paper, signed. Courtesy of the artist.