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February 29, 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Drafting exhibitions: empathy and artistic relations. An old way that might be the best way of doing things – beyond the notion of professionalism
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Director of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin

ACT, in collaboration with AKPIA at MIT Present the first public lecture of the 2016 Lecture Series, Curation: Agencies + Urgencies.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is an author, an organizer of events and exhibitions, and a researcher of artistic practices, the histories of art and the politics of aesthetics. She is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013–15), Getty Visiting Scholar (2015) and incoming Director as of 2016 of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and GAM / Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna in Turin, Italy. She drafted the 14th edition of the Istanbul Biennial in 2015 (SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms) and was the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) which took place in 2012 in Kassel, Germany as well as in Kabul, Afghanistan; Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt; and Banff, Canada. Previously, she was the artistic director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions—Forms That Turn (2008); and senior curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate in New York, from 1999 to 2001.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev’s lecture will be moderated by Duygu Demir, a PhD student in MIT’s History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture program.


ACT’s Monday night lecture series is conceived by Gediminas Urbonas, ACT director, and coordinated by Catherine Aquila, ACT Communications & Public Programs Coordinator and Lucas Freeman, ACT Writer in Residence, in conversation with ACT graduate students.

Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT