The Curatorial Imagination
Aimé Iglesias Lukin
Tuesday June 6 th, 7 pm. Virreina Auditorium, Floor 0
Free entrance. Limited places
The Curatorial Imagination addresses the production of ideas, mental images, concepts, and dreams, in the realm of visual arts display. What kind of production are we talking about when we speak about the Imagination in such a specific field as the sphere of exhibition making, where multiple forms of creativity overlap and where hospitality, negotiation, mediation, and budget are generally the defining factors? How can we imagine new collective gestures, ephemeral communities of things, and previously unseen uses of institutional spaces? How can feminist, post-colonial, and critical impulses reshape the way we produce mental matter? Several curators will respond to these questions, or variations thereof, and will speak about their practice in this program comprising public lectures and intensive workshops organized by Eina/Idea in collaboration with La Virreina Centre de la Image, Barcelona.
Aimé Iglesias Lukin is the Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Americas Society, New York. An art historian and curator, she was born and raised in Buenos Aires, and has been based in New York since 2011. Her forthcoming dissertation This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York 1965–1975 seeks to map the international networks through which migrant artists from across the hemisphere created communities in the metropolis, analyzing topics of travel, exile, and identity in these artists’ artworks. She completed her M.A. at The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and her undergraduate studies in art history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Iglesias Lukin has received research grants from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in 2016, she won the ICAA Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in Twentieth-Century Latin American and Latino Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She previously worked in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) in New York, and at Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires.
Eina/Idea is a project launched by Fundació EINA to bring art and design education beyond its known academic and commercial comfort zones. Eina/Idea is conceived as a critical supplement, a machine for aesthetic reflection in permanent exhibition drive, a programming platform, and a cognitive accelerator. In close collaboration with EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art, and its partner the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, but also outside of academia, Eina/Idea operates through research cells called cabinets—conceptually unique workspaces with tactical objectives defined according to their guest agents.