Eyebeam has appointed Amanda MacDonald Crowley as their new Executive Director. Crowley comes to New York from Australia, where she directed ANAT (Australian Network for Art & Technology) 1995 - 2000 and served as producer and Associate Director for Adelaide Festival 2002. She was also the Executive Producer of the 2004 International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA2004) in Estonia, Finland, and a ferry in the Baltic Sea.
The San Francisco Art Institute announced today the opening of a new School of Interdisciplinary Studies, in parallel to the existing School of Studio Practice. The School of Interdisciplinary Studies will offer new degree programs in History and Theory of Contemporary Art (BA, MA), Urban Studies (BA, MA), and Exhibition and Museum Studies (MA).
“The new academic structure is not a separation of discourse from practice; rather, it is an intensification of the relationship between the practices, histories, and theories of contemporary art and culture,” commented Okwui Enwezor, the Dean of Academic Affairs.
The 2006 Whitney Biennial list has been announced - lots of great work including that of Carter, whose web piece, “The Spirit of Photography”, was published by Stretcher last year. Carter’s also got a solo show opening Saturday at HOTEL Gallery in London.
Once in awhile an art piece is made which seems to promise to capture the anxieties of our time. “Repetition” (2005) , now showing at CCA’s gallery engendered a circuitous discussion Thursday night in the lecture hall featuring the famous Stanford prison experiment psychologist Philip Zimbardo and the artist Artur Z’ mijewski, who has reproduced the Stanford experiment using Polish workers. With Zimbardo being eloquent, down to earth, and engaging, and Z’ mijewski navigating the complexities of the piece and trying to summarize the outcomes, curator and CCA Director Ralph Rugoff moderated the inevitable misunderstandings and challenges arising between artist, scientist, and audience, opening up the dialog to more than simple dualities. Rugoff has just been short listed for the Ordway Prize, adding more weight to his achievements at CCA. His choice to show this artist at this time is an invitation to all of us to raise the bar in the art world.
Director Stephan Jost is leaving the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland for the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Jost, who joined Mills three years ago, will depart for the East Coast after the first of the year.