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Having Been Grounded: On the Power of Art Institutions


Having Been Grounded: On the Power of Art Institutions

October 15, 2019
Areté, Ateneo (2 to 6 pm)

Course Description

Why are structural changes at cultural institutions the best ways to address historical conundrums that affect our present condition? What kinds of contemporary artistic practices help make meaningful change possible? How does collective learning become an imperative modus operandi? These are some of the questions that informs a short presentation by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy. She will propose some tentative answers to these questions by presenting ongoing projects and case studies developed with her team at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, which she leads as Director since January 2018.


Hernández Chong Cuy is the director at the Witte de With in Rotterdam. Prior to that, she was the former curator of contemporary art at Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in Caracas and New York from 2011 to 2017. In 2016-2017, she was also guest curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York. In 2013, she was artistic director and chief curator of the 9a Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre in Brazil, and an agent of dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel. Other previous posts include director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and curatorial positions in New York at Art in General and Americas Society. She is also a counselor for Fundación Alumnos47 in Mexico City, and is a board member of Creative Time in New York. http://thisandthat.site


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