Past Public Program

Case in Point: Poetic Justice

Case in Point

October 27, 2016, 7:00 pm


Tel Aviv
27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd, Tel Aviv

Artis and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art are pleased to present a panel discussion in the “Case in Point” series focusing on curatorial methods of connecting contemporary art with experimental literature and poetry. The panel will include presentations by two distinguished international curators: Kim Nguyen and Niels Van Tomme.

Free. Advance registration required by emailing This event will be held in English.

Visual art, both contemporary and historical, is mostly encountered through text: a label or curatorial text on a wall, a review in a newspaper, and increasingly even personal impressions on social media. Artists in the 1960s and 1970s explored this phenomenon and created text-based conceptual artwork, much of which could be constituted in language alone. This panel considers the contemporary way curators are using language in experimental ways to expand visual art practices, and what effects the crossover of these fields has had on each.

Vancouver-based curator and writer Kim Nguyen will survey the programming history of Artspeak, a 30-year old institution with a mandate to investigate the relationship between visual art and language. Formerly its director, Nguyen will look at how a space of sharing and sameness could also be a place of tension, and how she used the literary as a way of shaping how the institution “speaks.”

Niels Van Tomme, Director of de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, will focus on “Where is Stan VanDerBeek?” an exhibition concealed as a series of 10 spam emails. Taken together, these emails provide a chronological overview of the career of legendary film and media pioneer Stan VanDerBeek, raising awareness about his exceptional artistic achievements while highlighting his insidious use of new technologies. The project was organised exclusively on the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s mailing list between February and April 2009 and archived online afterwards.

Moderated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, a New York-based writer and curator.

All the participants on this panel are part of the 17th Artis Research Trip to Israel.


A curator and writer based in Vancouver, Canada, Kim Nguyen was most recently director and curator of the non-profit art space, Artspeak. Between 2011 and 2016 she presented exhibitions and publications with artists such as Valérie Blass, Yuji Agematsu, Abbas Akhavan, Abigail DeVille, Aaron Flint Jamison, and Danh Vo. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and periodicals nationally and internationally, with forthcoming texts in catalogues published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Herning Museum of Art (Denmark). She was a member of the 2013 Canada Council Asia Pacific Visual Arts Delegation and in 2014 was a resident at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin). She holds a Master of Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia. Nguyen is the recipient of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Emerging Curators in Contemporary Canadian Art and the 2016 Joan Lowndes Award from the Canada Council for the Arts for excellence in critical and curatorial writing. She is currently researching an exhibition around melancholy and deep time, and completing her first collection of prose poetry.

Niels Van Tomme is the Director of de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. As a curator, researcher and critic, he works on the intersections between contemporary culture, social studies and aesthetics. His exhibitions and public programmes were presented at venues such as The Kitchen (New York), Värmlands Museum (Karlstad), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and Akademie der Künste (Berlin). Most recently, Niels Van Tomme curated the Bucharest Biennale 7. His curatorial projects have received grant awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Lambent Foundation, and The Nathan Cummings Foundation, as well as endorsements and articles in Afterall, Artforum, Art in America, Afterimage, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing editor at Art Papers magazine. His texts, in which he connects contemporary art, literature and music to broader social issues and cultural contexts, are published in various publications, including Art in America, Camera Austria, Afterimage and The Wire. He has published the books Where Do We Migrate To? (2011), Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen (2014), and, with Pascal Gielen, Aesthetic Justice: Intersecting Artistic and Moral Perspectives (2015). He holds an MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Leuven and was affiliated with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC in Baltimore, where he translated academic research into accessible and often confrontational exhibitions.

Christian Viveros-Fauné is a New York-based writer and curator. As a writer, he has written catalog essays for artists such as Joseph Beuys, Neo Rauch, Richard Mosse, Lisa Yuskavage and Philip Guston; additionally, his work has appeared in The Art Newspaper, The New Yorker, Departures, The Irish Examiner, The Paris Review, The Huffington Post, Newsweek and the Village Voice. The recipient of a 2010 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, he was named inaugural Critic-in-Residence at the Bronx Museum for 2010-2011. He is currently the Art and Culture Critic for artnet News. A collection of his criticism, Greatest Hits: Arte en Nueva York (2001-2011), was issued in Spanish by Metales Pesados, S.A, in 2012. As a curator, Viveros-Fauné has organized gallery and museum exhibitions including the Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago; the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Santiago); the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico); the Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico City, Mexico); the Museo Amparo (Puebla, Mexico); the Centro Atlantico de Arte Contemporaneo, (Spain); The Royal Hibernian Society (Dublin, Ireland); and the National Gallery of Art (Dublin, Ireland). Viveros-Fauné has taught at Pratt Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and Yale University. His critical voice is also featured in the ongoing web series Strictly Critical in which he and fellow art critic Blake Gopnik tackle both major exhibitions and minor sensations.