To the PointCurator’s Research: What, Why, HowA conversation between Bay Area curators Betti-Sue Hertz, Amy Owen, and Demetri Broxton Hunters Point Shipyard, Building 101, The Auditorium, 101 Horn Avenue, San Francisco, 94124The Bay Area is home to talented and thoughtful contemporary art curators. One of the most important and least discussed aspects of their work is how they approach the process of identifying art they may want to present in a future project. Three curators will discuss their current investigations and share their thoughts about the value of developing deep conversations with artists. Amy Owen (Curator, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art) has been conducting studio visits with young artists in New York who have been influenced by the mid-20th century northern California art scene; Demetri Broxton (Director of Education, Museum of the African Diaspora) will share his research on black artists who have recently come to his attention; and Betti-Sue Hertz (Program Director, To The Point) shares her thoughts on work by Chinese artists working on environmental issues stemming from a curatorial residency in Shanghai. These presentations will serve as case studies for considering the curator to artist exchange as a form of research based on these questions: What is the scope of the research? Why do artistic practices become the object of attention? How do curators learn from artists?Demetri Broxton is director of education at the Museum of the African Diaspora since 2016 where he also worked as an education program manager (2007-2010) at which time he curated various exhibitions including Engage You Heritage and Decoding Identity. He has also curated numerous exhibitions including Rising Tides: Works by Nadim Sabella (2016) as a curator for the city of Berkeley (2014-2016) and as an independent curator. Amy Owen is curator at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa since 2013, where she is both in charge of the collection of northern California art and head curator for temporary exhibitions. Her recent curatorial projects include the two-part exhibition, Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times (2018) and Equilibrium: A Paul Kos Survey (2016). She previously held curatorial and exhibition management positions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Artists Space, Independent Curators International, and Dallas Museum of Art. Betti-Sue Hertz is program director at To The Point. She is currently an independent curator, university lecturer and writer. She was director of visual arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2008-2015) where she curated Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa (2014); Dissident Futures (2013) and Nayland Blake: Free!Love!Tool!Box! (2012), among many others; and curator of contemporary art at the San Diego Museum of Art (2000-2008). Recent projects include solo exhibitions of work by Pia Camil, Marc Johnson, and Tacita Dean (2016-2018) at the UC Davis Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.
TO THE POINTTo The Point is a series of public programs—panel discussions, artist talks, lectures, conversations, performances and films—designed to stimulate dialogue and exchange about art and contemporary topics, in Hunters Point and Bayview neighborhoods. To The Point programs are organized by Betti-Sue Hertz, Program Director, with support from The Point in memory of Jacques Terzian. The Point is a family business devoted to providing affordable studios to artists since 1984. UPCOMING PROGRAMSSaturday, January 26, 2019An artist talk by San Francisco-based artist Enrique Chagoya highlights his works on the historic collisions between Western and Indigenous cultures.Saturday, March 9, 2019A lecture by Berkeley-based art historian Lisa E. Bloom on Contemporary Art about Climate Change in the Polar Regions.All programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information email: [email protected] or call: 415.822.9675Website: thepointart.com/tothepoint
To the PointCurator’s Research: What, Why, HowA conversation between Bay Area curators Betti-Sue Hertz, Amy Owen, and Demetri Broxton Hunters Point Shipyard, Building 101, The Auditorium, 101 Horn Avenue, San Francisco, 94124The Bay Area is home to talented and thoughtful contemp...