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CURA (TANGLED HIERARCHY)
Oct 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
supporting publication by Stephen Faught
Cura (Tangled Hierarchy) is a semi annual exhibition that will examine the position of artists that curate.
The title of “curator” has historically been reserved for those with advanced degrees in their chosen fields. This institutional backing has given weight to their judgements on what is capital-A “Art” and what isn’t. Yet the origin of the word “curate” doesn’t stem from a background of academic selection, but rather from the Latin word cura, meaning to care for. A new generation of artists have started performing the role of curator, caring for the work of their peers and creating new collaborative environments. This show emerged from the reality that artists today use curation not only as a form of organization within their communities, but also as an inseparable part of their artistic practice. This shift can be seen as both a positive thing for artists (claiming greater agency over the dissemination of their work), but also as a reflection of the realities of the contemporary labor market—fixed identities are dead, fluid personal enterprises reign supreme. Is the traditional role of the academic curator necessary, or is a new role emerging from the shifting landscape of artists as organizers? At Firework Gallery, we will explore these questions by making visible the new networks that exist between artists, curators, and their collaborators.
Cura (Tangled Hierarchy):
Please join us for the first rendition of this series, which showcases works by Jen Hitchings, Lucia Love and Sessa Englund, and featuring accompanying essay by Stephen Faught. All three artists, whose involvement in the community through curation and organization has had a generative impact on the local Brooklyn art scene, will show recent work on a collaborative and participatory note developed in connection to Cura (Tangled Hierarchy). The pieces, born out of conversation between the participatory artists, represents an extension of their practice as related to their personal relationship with curation.