This Slide Jam presents another side of Houston’s diverse and talented arts community: the curator. Along with a rapidly expanding art world, the role of the curator has grown in prominence, so much so, that the term curating has become a part of everyday life. Surely "curating" your closet is not the same as curating an exhibition of contemporary art. So what does "curating" mean beyond "to select," and how does the curatorial process work? Does the strength of an exhibition rest solely on the selection of provocative works of art, or are other methods of meaning making, storytelling, and communication in play? Burgeoning curators Sally Frater and Kim Gant will share their ideas about curating, and their experiences on creating exhibitions, working with art institutions, and turning abstract concepts into visual form. Reception and mingling from 6:30-7PM; presentations begin at 7PM followed by a Q&A.
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Sally Frater, independent curator and writer, is currently a Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She holds an Honors BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA (with Distinction) in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester and Sotheby's Institute of Art. In her curatorial practice she is interested in exploring issues of identity, history, memory, and environmental criticism, as well as issues of representation and equity in gallery and museum practices.
Kimberli Gant is a PhD Candidate at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing research on photographic and filmic depictions of Lagos, Nigeria from 1960 to the present. Gant previously served as the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in New York and more recently as the Mercer Graduate Curatorial Fellow at AMOA-Arthouse, Austin, Texas.