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I am a curator and writer living in New York City.
As of Fall 2016, I am part-time faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, where I lead a 2nd year practicum on curating and publishing online and co-edit the school’s student-led publication accessions.org.
Currently, I am curating exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (2019) and I’m working on a longer-term research project focusing on “regionalism” in contemporary art, which will result in an exhibition (still to be announced). With Tom Eccles, I am co-organizing the Frieze Talks program for 2018 in New York. With Helga Christoffersen, I am collaborating on a publication of emerging art in Nordic countries. Recently, I edited a monograph on the work of Abbas Akhavan, which will be released by Skira in 2018.
From 2007-15, I served as an editor at Fillip, a contemporary art magazine based out of Vancouver, Canada.
I am an alum of the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where I wrote my thesis in 2012 on Danh Vo’s We the People (2011-13) and curated a related exhibition of work by Vo and Martin Wong; the exhibition had separate, related presentations by Julie Ault and James Benning.
From 2012-15, I had the privilege of working closely with Vo on countless exhibitions, including Uterus (2012) curated by Suzanne Ghez with Hamza Walker at the Renaissance Society; IMU UR2 (2013) curated by Katherine Brinson at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; Go Mo Ni Ma Da (2013) at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris curated by Angeline Scherf, for which I edited the eponymous monograph; and Danh Vo and XiuXiu: Metal (2014) an immersive, collaborative exhibition at the Kitchen NYC, curated by Tim Griffin and Lumi Tan.
I am co-author along with both Vo and Heinz Peter Knes of Hannah Arendt's Library (2013), an artist book we began collaboratively in the Special Collections at Bard College.
I was co-curator and co-editor of Tell it to my heart—Collected by Julie Ault (2013), at the Museum für gegenwartskunst, Basel, published by Hatje Caantz, along with Ault, Knes, Vo and Martin Beck, Nikola Dietrich, Rasmus Røhling, Jason Simon, and Scott Weaver.
From 2014-15, I lived in Berlin and spent two months in Venice, Italy. During that time, I served as Assistant Curator of the Danish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), curated by Marianne Torp with Tine Vindfeld.
Concurrently, I worked as Curatorial Assistant on the exhibition Slip of the Tongue for the Pinault Foundation at Punta della dogana, Venice (co-curated by Vo and Caroline Bourgeois).
Later in 2015, I curated A.U.T.O.E.N.U.C.L.E.A.T.I.O.N., an exhibition of older and new works by Rasmus Røhling which developed out of our dialogue on Tell it to my heart; that exhibition took place at Sismógrafo, an artist-run space in Porto, Portugal.
I have written texts for exhibition catalogues, including Abbas Akhavan (ed. Dr. Verena Hein, Villa Stuck, 2017), Rodrigo Hernandez: I am Nothing (ed. Susanne Weiß and Jasmin Meinold, Heidelberger Kunstverein and Bom Dia Books, 2017), Interiors (ed. Johanna Burton, Lynne Cooke, and Josiah McElheny; Sternberg Press, 2012), and Uma e Outra Vez, published by the Pavilhão Branco do Museu da Cidade, Lisbon. I have texts forthcoming in exhibition catalogues for the Nouveau Musée Nationale, Monaco and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
I contribute articles and criticism to magazines including: frieze, Art Journal, Flash Art, Art in America, Fillip, Witte de With Journal, have/not, and FUSE, among others.
I have lectured in classes and given public presentations at institutions including: Eugene Lang (The New School), Cooper Union, Cornell University, CCS Bard Visitor's Talks, Galerie Quadrado Azul (Porto), The Kitchen (NYC), and e-flux (NYC).
I conduct workshops on writing for artists at AIR Gallery and I am a regular visiting critic/curator in artist residency and MFA programs.
I am considering all manner of assignments. Please feel free to contact me: az [at] amyzion [dot] com