Past Public Program

Case in Point: Research-Based Curatorial Models

Case in Point

October 12, 2015, 7:00pm

Tel Aviv Museum of Art
27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd, Tel Aviv

Case in Point: Research-Based Curatorial Models

Admission is free but advance registration is required by emailing

Artis and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Center for Contemporary Art, are pleased to present a panel discussion exploring research-based curatorial projects with three distinguished international curators: Sarah Demeuse, Anthony Huberman, and Jochen Volz.

Traditional programming formats at contemporary art institutions demand the fruits of curatorial research in the form of scholarly publications, exhibitions texts, catalogues, and the study that informs the institution’s programs. Yet, the high turnover of temporary exhibitions leaves little time for curators to pursue in-depth research. How do curators navigate such programming structures? What formats might better accommodate curatorial research? Panelists will consider these questions and present their curatorial work within diverse curatorial models that range from alternative programming platforms to large-scale biennials.

Sarah Demeuse will discuss the relation between curatorial method and exercise, approaching the curatorial as a slow growing but intense activity, with private and public facets, and depending on others. In her presentation she will discuss two recent projects organized by curatorial office Rivet.

Anthony Huberman will discuss how The Artist’s Institute and The Wattis Institute offer models for “paying attention,” slowing down, staying small, and making long-term commitments to artists and artworks.

Jochen Volz will speak about the diversity in biennial structures through his experience curating several of them, including the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009, the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya in 2010, and his plans for the upcoming São Paulo Biennale in 2016.

This event will be held in English and will be moderated by Artis Curatorial Associate and CCA Curator Chen Tamir.

About the Speakers:

Sarah Demeuse (Belgium | US) reads, writes, translates, and makes exhibitions and books. For the last four years, she has mostly worked as Rivet, a curatorial office she runs with Manuela Moscoso. They focus on long-term projects in close collaboration with artists, often in formats other than exhibitions. Sarah was a member of the 9th Mercosul Biennial curatorial team. She has a doctorate in Romance literatures and a degree in curatorial studies. Sarah has contributed to several artist books and journals, such as The Exhibitionist, Art in America, The Bulletins of the Serving Library, Kunsthart, Arquine, Otra Parte, Art Papers.

Anthony Huberman is the Director & Chief Curator of The Wattis Institute in San Francisco and the founder of The Artist’s Institute in New York.  He has previously worked as a curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and SculptureCenter in New York, and as the director of public programs at MoMA PS1 in New York. He has published essays in Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, Mousse, Modern Painters, among others.

Jochen Volz is Chief Curator of the 32th São Paulo Biennale in 2016 and has served as Head of Programmes of the Serpentine Galleries in London between 2012 and 2015. He is also a curator of the Instituto Inhotim, where he was General Director between 2005 and 2007 and Artistic Director between 2007 and 2012. Volz was co-curator of Fare Mondi, the international exhibition of the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009 and guest curator of the 27th São Paulo Biennial in 2006. Furthermore, he has contributed to many exhibitions throughout the world, including Terra Comunal – Marina Abramovic, SESC Pompeia in São Paulo (2015) Planos de fuga, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo (2012), Olafur Eliasson –Your body of work as part of the 17th International Festival of Contemporary Art – SESC_Videobrasil in São Paulo (2011), The Spiral and the Square at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2011), the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya (2010) and Cinthia Marcelle at the Biennale de Lyon (2007). Between 2001 and 2004, he was curator of Portikus Frankfurt am Main. As a critic he is writing for magazines and catalogues and is contributing editor to Frieze.

The “Case in Point” series is presented by Artis, an independent nonprofit organization that broadens international awareness and understanding of contemporary art from Israel. Panelists take part in Artis’ Curatorial Research Trips. “Case in Point” has taken place at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv from 2012-2015 and is now expanding to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.