Top Curators from the Tate Modern in London and Guggenheim Museum in New York will select works for the exhibit, State of the Art/Art of the State, to be shown at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, from May 8 through Oct. 30, 2011.
The Cameron Art Museum will offer a 24-hour event, which invites artists 18 years or older, who live in, or are native to, the state of North Carolina to bring one original piece of art to be installed at the Cameron Art Museum. During this time frame, one of two internationally renowned curators will be present to greet each artist, shake his/her hand, and direct the exhibition installation.
The take-in event will take place between 5pm, Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, till 5pm – ONLY!
The design of this project provides any participating artist, who meets the criteria of living in or being a native of the state of North Carolina, equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by them. This event pays homage to the open, creative curatorial spirit of the late art world maverick, Walter Hopps (1932-2005).
In 1978, responding to a comment from his junior colleague, Deborah Velders (Jensen) about the problems artists face gaining access to notable curators, Walter Hopps conceived an entirely open, unmediated event to remedy the situation. His program invited any artist to bring a single work of art, to meet Hopps, and see installation of work. This event called “36 Hours” occurred in a gritty, street-level alternative space called MOTA (Museum of Temporary Art), located in downtown Washington, D.C. There was no jurying, no selection (or rejection), and no entry fee. The only restrictions were size (work needed to fit through the door), weight (regarding transporting/placing and support capacity), and the short delivery time frame. This unprecedented opportunity for artists was covered by the Washington Post, and attracted over 400 works of art, all by artists living and working in the Washington, DC, area.
Prior to the arrival at the museum, artists must complete an exhibition entry form including contact and credit information. All work must be original. Paintings, mixed mediums, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia, original hand-made prints, photography and drawings are all examples of acceptable forms. There are some limitations and exclusions. Refer to the State of the Art/Art of the State web site, (www.cameronartmuseum.com/state) for complete details and the exhibition entry form. Space in the exhibition is not guaranteed and is on a first come, first serve basis.
Participating curators include: Susan Davidson: Senior Curator, Collections & Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Nicholas Cullinan: Curator of International Modern Art, Tate Modern, London.
Before joining the Guggenheim, Davidson was collections curator at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, for 18 years. Davidson’s research areas include Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art, and she specializes in the art of Robert Rauschenberg. Her most recent exhibitions and catalogues include: Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts; Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation; No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings on Paper; Peggy and Kiesler: The Collector and the Visionary (The Story of Art of This Century); and American Pop Icons. Davidson holds advanced degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Nicholas Cullinan has worked on exhibitions including Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia; Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons, and Pop Life: Art In A Material World. He has previously worked at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao and Venice. He writes regularly for journals including Artforum, The Burlington Magazine, Frieze and October and is currently working on a monograph on Cy Twombly for Phaidon and a book on Robert Rauschenberg’s photography for Schirmer/Mosel. Among other projects, he is curating Tacita Dean’s Unilever installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and the exhibition Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters at Dulwich Picture Gallery, both of which open in 2011. Cullinan completed his PhD on Arte Povera at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
For further information visit (www.cameronartmuseum.com/state).