Following the recent news of Rachael Thomas’ departure from the Dublin Contemporary project, news of new curatorial appointments has come from a press release distributed today:
New York-based curator and writer, Christian Viveros-Fauné, and Franco-Peruvian artist and curator, Jota Castro, have been appointed joint Lead Curators of Dublin Contemporary 2011, one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever staged in Ireland. Dublin Contemporary will take place for eight weeks from September 6th to October 31st 2011 and will present the work of Irish-based artists, alongside leading artists from around the globe.
Viveros-Fauné and Castro are very ambitious for Dublin Contemporary and will be presenting the work of some renowned international artists alongside artworks by outstanding Irish artists. They will present a programme of exhibitions that relate to the theme of Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance. Taken from William Butler Yeats’s famous poem, “Easter, 1916”, the exhibition’s title was inspired by Yeats’s response to political events in Ireland and is intended to highlight art’s potential for commenting on current events in Irish life.
Sounds like it’s been given a complete overhaul, including the title (now in its third version, although I think including the phrase ‘the office of non-compliance’ weakens the theme). Both of the curators would be fairly unknown in these parts, although with very interesting CVs. The press release makes no mention however of the other ‘curatorial voices’ previously involved with the DC, including Oliver Dowling et al. The DC’s site is currently down with a note it will be relaunching today. The press release reiterates that a programme will be announced in March.
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