A simple idea, a call to artists 18 years or older who live in or are native to the state of North Carolina to bring in 1 piece of art to the Cameron Art Museum, in Wilmington, NC, within a 24-hour period of time for inclusion in the exhibition “State of the Art/Art of the State”, no jurors, no fees. They would also meet a significant, contemporary art curator.
In the spring of 2011 the call went out. And then, the day arrived, May 6, 2011. Logistics dictated that artwork would be received starting at 5pm. Artists began arriving at the front door of the museum at 10:30am appearing anxious to get in and have their work included in the exhibition. They waited, patiently, in the museum and out of the rain holding their personal artwork for hours. They waited with the other 614 artists. They talked about the piece of art they brought with them and where they traveled from. They shared stories, made new friends, listened to impromptu music playing and waited for the doors to the Hughes Wing at the Cameron Art Museum to open.
Work was received, quickly curated and hung, but by 3am exhibition staff wondered where all of the work would be placed as it appeared as though there may not have been enough wall or floor space. Accommodations were made and all 614 pieces together became a representation of the state’s artists in “State of the Art/Art of the State”.
And now, Cameron Art Museum is opening up the call again for participation in this state-wide, premier event “happening” on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 starting at 12pm until Saturday, Sept, 20, 2014 at 12pm. Current curators for the 2014 “State of the Art/Art of the State” include, Peter Eleey: Curator at MoMA P.S.1., New York, NY. From 2007 until 2010 he was the Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Laura Hoptman: Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson: Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado.
Exhibition opening will be held on Sept. 20, 2014, at 6pm at the Cameron Art Museum. Details and additional information can be found at (www.cameronartmuseum.org). To see the “State of the Art/Art of the State” from 2011 visit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nrMNMX9HlY).
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Organized by the Cameron Art Museum, this exhibition focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists are invited to bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within a 24-hour period (between 12pm Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 and 12pm Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014). During this timeframe, a nationally renowned curator will be present to greet each artist and shake his/her hand. All participating curators will attend the exhibition opening on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6-9pm. The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by all visiting curators.
Upon 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.org) for complete details and the exhibition entry form. Space in the exhibition is not guaranteed and is on a first come, first serve basis.
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, DC. There was no jurying, no selection (or rejection), and no entry fee. The only restrictions were size, weight, and the delivery time frame (36 hours). 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.
ABOUT THE CURATORS FOR 2014 State of the Art/Art of the State
Peter Eleey – Curator at MoMA P.S.1., New York, NY. From 2007 until 2010 he was the Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. At the Walker Art Center, Mr. Eleey organized the exhibitions “The Talent Show”, 2010); “The Quick and the Dead”, 2009: and “Trisha Brown: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing”, 2008. Prior to joining the Walker, Mr. Eleey was Curator and Producer at Creative Time, New York from 2002 to 2007, where he organized a wide range of multidisciplinary projects and events, including “Doug Aitken: sleepwalkers”, 2007, which was commissioned jointly with The Museum of Modern Art and co-curated with Klaus Biesenbach. Other major projects included “Mike Nelson: A Psychic Vacuum”, 2007, a site-specific installation at the Essex Street Market co-organized with Nato Thompson; “Strange Powers”, 2006, a group exhibition highlighting works made to have a paranormal effect on the world co-organized with Laura Hoptman; “The Plain of Heaven”, 2005, an exhibition in a vacant meatpacking warehouse inspired by the redesign of the “High Line; Jenny Holzer: For the City”, 2004, a series of airplane banners over the Hudson river and light projections at sites around the New York; and “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Light Cycle”, 2003, a pyrotechnic event in Central Park.
Laura Hoptman – Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY. Since joining the museum she has organized “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language”, a group exhibition of contemporary art, “Carol Bove: The Equinox”; “Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly”, a mid career survey of the work of the Los Angeles painter Henry Taylor at MoMA/PS 1 (with Peter Eleey) and “Isa Genzken: Retrospective” (with Sabine Breitwieser). Previously, she was Senior Curator at the New Museum where she organized “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century”, “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” and monographic exhibitions on Tomma Abts, Elizabeth Peyton, Brion Gysin and George Condo. In 2004-05 she was the director of the “54th Carnegie International”, and in an earlier incarnation as a drawing curator at MoMA from 1996 to 2002, she curated the first US museum exhibitions of Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maurizio Cattelan, John Currin, and Luc Tuymans among others. In 1997, at MoMA she was the co curator (with Lynn Zelevansky) of “Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama”, a show that reintroduced Kusama to international audiences and in 2002, she organized “Drawing Now: Eight Propositions”, a landmark exhibition of contemporary figurative drawing. Currently, Hoptman is organizing a group exhibition on the subject of contemporary painting, and a mid career survey of the Cologne artist Kai Althoff. She is also part of the curatorial team organizing a retrospective of the work of Bruce Conner.
Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson – Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO. Zuckerman Jacobson joined the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) as Director and Chief Curator in 2005. In this position, she continues to be charged with oversight of all aspects of the museum’s guiding vision and mission, strategic planning, administrative policy and decision-making endeavors, and the institution’s curatorial and educational programmatic practices. Zuckerman Jacobson’s curatorial projects at the AAM include major one-person exhibitions with Yutaka Sone, Pedro Reyes, Jeremy Deller, Aïda Ruilova, Friedrich Kunath, Mai-Thu Perret, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Jim Hodges, Peter Coffin, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Bradford, Sergej Jensen, Mamma Andersson, Stephen Shore, Huma Bhabha, Slater Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Lucio Fontana, Monika Sosnowska, Rob Pruitt, Hayley Tompkins, Lorna Simpson and others – many in their first major US museum exhibitions or featuring important but lesser-known aspects of their artistic practice. Her exhibitions with Aïda Ruilova, Fred Tomaselli, and Sergej Jensen, as well as her co-curated exhibition “Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences /Documented Assignments”, have traveled to other major museums including, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, CAM Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO, The Banff Center, Alberta, Canada, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi.
For additional information about the museum, please visit (www.cameronartmuseum.org).