Contexts of Curating Lecture by Terry Smith


From 28 April 2015


Garage Education Center
Contexts of Curating Lecture by Terry SmithContexts of Curating Lecture by Terry Smith


What is contemporary curating? Is it a discipline with a definite set of rules, or a process that is yet to be defined? Is curating an ever-changing profession with no clear limits or has it changed because of changes in contemporary art? What makes curatorial thinking distinctive today? Is there a global standard for working with local contexts? What is the grammar of an exhibition? These and other questions will be raised by Thinking Contemporary Curating author Terry Smith in his lecture at Garage.

Terry Smith’s collection of five essays on contemporary curating was first published in 2012. In the following three years he continued scrutinizing the international art world to analyze the broadening contexts of curating. The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Terry Smith and Kate Fowle, Garage Chief Curator. 

The lecture marks the launch of the Garage Pro series of books, published by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press. The series, which explores working in the fields of arts and culture today, will feature texts by curators, critics, art practitioners and theorists from around the world.


Terry Smith is Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2010 he was named Australia Council Visual Arts Laureate, and won the Mather Award for art criticism conferred by the College Art Association (USA). In the 1970s he was a member of the Art & Language group (New York) and a founder of Union Media Services (Sydney). He is the author of a number of books, notably Thinking Contemporary Curating (2012); Contemporary Art: World Currents (2011); What is Contemporary Art? (2009); The Architecture of Aftermath (2006); and Making the Modern: Industry, Art and Design in America (1993; inaugural Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Book Prize 2009). He is a Board member of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.


The lecture will be in Russian and English, with simultaneous translation. ID is required for hire of the equipment.