20 March – 26 March 2015
Tara McDowell (1976, United States) is Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is Editor-at-Large of The Exhibitionist, a journal on curatorial practice and exhibition making now published and distributed by the MIT press for which she served as Founding Senior Editor. She has held curatorial appointments at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, where she mounted over two dozen group and solo exhibitions. In addition to her contemporary curatorial work, McDowell has organized group shows on Minimalism, Fluxus, assemblage, and avant-garde cinema, and worked on retrospectives of Philip Guston, Gerhard Richter, and Richard Tuttle. She publishes and lectures frequently, and writes criticism for art-agenda and artforum.com. McDowell holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tara McDowell’s research interests include exhibition histories, contemporary curating, art institutions, feminist and queer spaces of sociability and production, alternative archives and forms of documentation, and historical and contemporary models.
While in residency at NTU CCA Singapore, McDowell aims to connect with local artists, curators, and educators to gain an awareness of the Singaporean arts communities. She is especially keen to understand how curatorial education is being developed by institutions in Singapore, what the particular needs and desires are of participants in these conversations and how connections might be made with the Curatorial PhD programme she founded in Melbourne, Australia. She will conduct research on experimental education and artistic labour, two areas of her research interests and present a public lecture in progress on the latter topic, titled Is the Post-Occupational Condition the New Post-Medium Condition?
Tara McDowell will explore the shifts from artist and curator, to cultural and creative worker, as points of entry to discuss labour issues that may have been overlooked.
Tara McDowell is an Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is Editor-at-Large of The Exhibitionist, a journal on curatorial practice and exhibition making.