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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.

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Upcoming Events

Shifting Curatorial Values

Thursday, November 4, 2021
6-7:30pm (Central)
Hosted via Zoom

Lumi Tan will discuss how curating performance has shifted her curatorial practice in exhibitions and beyond. How do practices of slowness, vulnerability, and unpredictability influence exhibitions?  How can performance create space for different value systems in institutions?

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is open through the start time of the event.

About the Speaker
Lumi Tan is Senior Curator at The Kitchen in New York, where she has organized exhibitions and produced performances with artists across disciplines and generations since 2010. Most recently, Tan has worked with Kevin Beasley, Lex Brown, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Baseera Khan, Autumn Knight, and Kenneth Tam. Prior to The Kitchen, Tan was Guest Curator at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Nord Pas-de-Calais in France, director at Zach Feuer Gallery, and curatorial assistant at MoMA/P.S.1. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Mousse, Cura, and numerous exhibition catalogues. She was the recipient of 2020 VIA Art Fund Curatorial Fellowship.


October 30-January 29, 2022

Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101

This exhibition will be on view in the Robert Street Window Gallery from Oct 30th through Jan 29th.

Additional Programming
Seeing New Potentialities
A conversation between Michael Khuth, Cheryl Mukerji, Prune Phi, Sopheak Sam, and Daniella Thach on Sutures.
Zoom hosted by Minnesota Museum of American Art
Saturday, November 13, 2021
12-1:30pm (Central Time)

Sutures, an exhibition that brings together an emerging generation of artists who challenge straightforward ways of looking—at a photograph, a video, a loved one, a collective history, a memory, or oneself—through layered, multimedia artistic practices. Artists Cheryl Mukherji, Prune Phi, Sopheak Sam, and Daniella Thach use screen printing, projection, neon, and collage to explore the complexities of seemingly “fixed” images, identities, and ideas.

Sutures was curated by Michael Khuth as a culmination of his fellowship with the Emerging Curators Institute, a Twin Cities organization that supports the professional development of curators from diverse backgrounds. Theshow also reflects Khuth’s interest in the unique opportunities presented by the M’s street-facing exhibition spaces, which visitors can experience from the sidewalk, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Curating and Commoning: The gallery as a porous space

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6-7:30pm (Central)
Hosted via Zoom

Denise Ryner will discuss how she develops her collaborative curatorial practice to reflect the contexts of site and communities within the space of the exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is open through the start time of the event.

About the Speaker
Denise Ryner is the Director/Curator at Or Gallery, Vancouver (2017-present). She’s also an associate curator in collaboration with Anselm Franke at the Visual Arts and Film Department of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Her curatorial, research and writing interests include place-as-agent in exhibition–making and the cultural production of transnational counterflows of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2019 she co-organized the Bodies, Borders, Fields symposium with writer Yaniya Lee. Independent curatorial projects include: Common Cause: before and beyond the global (Mercer Union/Toronto, 2018), Bodies of Fact: The Archive from Witness to Voice (HKW/Berlin, 2017), Harbour/Haven, in collaboration with Tonel (‘thirstDays’ VIVO Media Arts/Vancouver, 2016), Interim Measures (8-11 Project Space, Toronto, 2015), Projections at the Perel (SFU Galleries/SWARM 2015) and Rain or Shine Saturdays (SFU Galleries). She has written for Canadian Art, Blackflash, C Mag, FUSE and guest co-edited Canadian Art’s Fall 2020 Chroma issue with Yaniya Lee. She has taught in ECUAD’s Curatorial Studies program as both a guest and sessional lecturer.

bisakaabiiyang (returning to ourselves)

October 14-December 11, 2021

All My Relations Arts
1414 Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Additional Programming
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 14th, 2021

The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) and All My Relations Arts is pleased to present biskaabiiyang (returning to ourselves) a group exhibition curated by 2020-2021 Emerging Curators Institute Fellow Juleana Enright. The exhibition investigates Indigenous Futurisms and the interconnectedness of nows through video installation, interactive gaming, mixed medium, digital illustrations and visual works.

Featured artists: Santo Aveiro-OjedaSequoia HauckReyna HernandezElizabeth LaPenséeCoyote Park, and Summer-Harmony Twenish.

Biskaabiiyang is an Anishinaabeg word meaning the enactment of ‘returning to ourselves’ through the regeneration of our Indigenous ways of knowing. A counter to Western constructs of sovereignty, ownership and time, the works of biskaabiiyang explore the process of decolonization through Indigenous Futurisms, ancestral knowledge, land stewardship, water protection and body and identity sovereignty. To fully engage in regeneration demands challenging the effects of colonialism in every tentacled facet of our lives, including loss of language, violence enacted against Indigenous women and Two-Spirit relatives, stolen land, any disaportic disconnection to our culture. biskaabiiyang is the conceptual framework for that regeneration. Using the context of an imagined future, we challenge our erasure and create ourselves into being—aligning past, present and future. It is always now.

Courtesy of Santo Aveiro-Ojeda

After, Other, and Before

September 25 – December 31, 2021

Franconia Sculpture Park, Mardag Gallery
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN 55074

Additional Programming:

Virtual Dinner & Discussion: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw
Streamed via Facebook Live
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6pm (Central Time)

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dinner and Discussion: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw, Timothy Manalo, Nico Sardina, Beau Tate, Kieran Tverbakk
Streamed via Facebook Live
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6pm (Central Time)

After, Other, and Before is a group exhibition curated by Emerging Curators Institute Fellow and 2021 Franconia Fellow, Kehayr Brown-Ransaw. This exhibition presents works by diasporic artists that confronts, challenges, reconciles, and recontextualizes the settler colonial identity and “other” identity marker placed on people of color. 

Click here for more information about After, Other, and Before.

Nico Sardina, Frame from Trick Run Ran, 2017

Postponed Events

We Are New Again

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

Curating Beyond Exhibition

(Original Date) March 15, 2020
Fresh Oysters Performance Research
512 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Starting at 2pm.

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

Past Events

Curating Change

September 28, 2021
Hosted via Zoom.

To Look Back and Wonder

June 23, 2021
Zoom hosted by The Minnesota Museum of American Art
6:00–7:30 pm

Burn Something

August 2020 – August 2021
Exterior of the Family Partnership
1527 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Flores Oscuras Horror Show

October 31st & November 1st
The Robert’s Lot & Community Garden
2948 Chicago Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN
Doors open at 5:30pm
Curated by Xochi de la Luna

Information Session

August 24, 2020
Zoom hosted by The Minnesota Museum of American Art
6:30–8:00 pm

Curating As Healing

April 19, 2020
Zoom hosted by the Minnesota Museum of American Art
1pm-2pm (CST)

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

Black background with large text that says BURN SOMETHING.
By Noah Exum
Prayers for Water, 2016,
Debra Yepa-Pappan. Digital print on antique ledger paper, signed. Courtesy of the artist.