Tara McDowell —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Tara McDowell

Residency period

20 March – 26 March 2015

About

Tara McDowell (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.

Focus

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?

Public programmes

NTU CCA Singapore Residencies: Insights, Is the Post-Occupational Condition the New Post-Medium Condition? With Curator-in-Residence, Tara McDowell
24 Mar 2015, Tue 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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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.