Artis and Hamidrasha Gallery presented a panel discussion on new approaches to the idea of provincialism in contemporary art. In 1974, Artforum published Terry Smith’s seminal article, “The Provincialism Problem,” which outlined how artists outside New York City might wrongly perceive themselves and their work as subservient, or secondary, to what takes places in what was considered the art world’s center. Smith called for a radical reimagining of this inequity, but almost half a century later, while today’s art world might have several centers rather than just one, the dichotomy of center and periphery remains largely problematic. Inspired by Smith’s article and the discussions it has spurred, this panel discussion focused on curating and art writing practices and how they relate to the center-periphery divide. Moderated by New York based curator and writer Amy Zion and Chen Tamir, Artis’ Curatorial Associate and the Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv.
Case in Point is a series of talks and thematic panel discussions that take place during Artis’ Curatorial Seminar in Israel. Through presentations and a moderated discussion, participants focus on the practices of international and Israel-based curators, and investigate contemporary topics in the field of curating.
Beth Citron is the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. She also served as organizer of a series of artist performance lectures for the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit and as curatorial advisor and co-organizer of the exhibition “Rewind,” concerning modernist art from South Asia, at the 2016 Dhaka Art Summit.
Leah Triplett Harrington is a writer and independent curator. She is senior editor of The Rib , a publication and platform dedicated to contemporary art and its communities along the so-called periphery.
Fionn Meade is an independent curator based in New York and Seattle. He has served as Artistic Director (2015–17) and Senior Curator, Cross-Disciplinary Platforms (2014-15) at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Previously he was curator at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, and at SculptureCenter, New York.
Chen Tamir is Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv and Curatorial Associate at Artis.
Amy Zion is a curator and writer living in New York City. She is faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She is curating an exhibition for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, which will open in 2019.