Join Minneapolis-based curators Sara Cluggish (Director of FD13 residency for the arts) and Pavel Pyś (Curator of Visual Arts, the Walker Art Center) for a curatorial masterclass informed by experience working with performance and interdisciplinary contemporary artistic practices. Drawing on the breadth of their professional experiences—from the context of the small-scale public institution and independent residency program; to scholarly research institute and large-scale interdisciplinary art centres—Cluggish and Pyś will discuss key projects that have informed their respective approaches to curating.
Sara Cluggish is a writer and Director of FD13 residency for the arts in Minneapolis/St. Paul, a nomadic event-based residency programme. Over the past 8 years, she has developed a research and commissioning focus on moving image and performance, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality studies. In her role as Associate Curator (USA) at Site Gallery in Sheffield, UK she is curating a newly commissioned moving image work by Daria Martin, which experimentally adapts Franz Kafka’s short story A Hunger Artist. Cluggish was formerly Assistant Curator at Nottingham Contemporary, UK and has worked in the exhibitions departments at the Chisenhale Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery in London, UK and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She is an occasional contributor to ArtReview, ArtReview Asia, Frieze, L’Officiele Arte Italia, and the Third Rail. She teaches Modern and Contemporary Art History at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a BFA in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Pavel S. Pyś
Pavel S. Pyś is Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Since joining the Walker, Pavel has contributed to the three-year Interdisciplinary Initiative, which brings into close collaboration the institution’s Visual and Performing Arts Departments. Recent exhibitions include The Body Electric, Elizabeth Price and I am you, you are too. Between 2011 and 2015 Pavel was the Exhibitions & Displays Curator at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK. A curator and writer, Pavel has contributed to a range of solo exhibitions, including with artists David Diao, Robert Filliou, Christine Kozlov, Katrina Palmer, Vladimir Stenberg and Sturtevant, as well as group exhibitions Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa, 2015; The Event Sculpture, 2014; Indifferent Matter: From Object to Sculpture, 2013; and 1913: The Shape of Time, 2012 at the Henry Moore Institute; We Will Live, We Will See, 2011 at the Zabludowicz Collection (as part of the inaugural ZabludowiczCollection Curatorial Open); and To See an Object, To See the Light, 2011, at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including ArtReview, Mousse, Frieze, and Art Monthly Australia.