Discussion: Rashid Johnson and Kate Fowle


From 21 May 2016


Saturday, 17:00–18:30


Garage Auditorium
Discussion: Rashid Johnson and Kate FowleDiscussion: Rashid Johnson and Kate Fowle


In this discussion, Kate Fowle, Chief Curator of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, will talk with artist Rashid Johnson about his installation Within Our Gates, which is on show in Garage Atrium.

Within Our Gates is a labyrinthine living ecosystem that took over a year to develop and more than two weeks for the artist and his team to build in the museum, with visitors able to watch as it developed. This talk will reveal some of the ideas behind the process, as well as giving audiences the opportunity to hear directly from the artist what he now thinks about the work he has made, which is the biggest project he has ever created.



Rashid Johnson was born in 1977 in Chicago, Illinois. Select exhibitions include the 2011 Venice Biennale; a survey show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2012), which traveled to the Miami Art Museum; the High Museum, Atlanta; and the Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis. Johnson has also had large-scale solo exhibitions at the South London Gallery (2012); Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2013), which traveled to MCA Denver in 2014; the George Economou Collection in Athens (2014); and most recently at The Drawing Center in New York (2015). He lives and works in New York.


Kate Fowle is Chief Curator of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and Director-at-Large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York, where she was Executive Director from 2009 to 2013. Prior to this, she was the inaugural International Curator at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. From 2002 to 2007, Fowle was chair of the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, which she co-founded in 2001. Before moving to the USA, she was Co-Director of Smith + Fowle in London (1996–2001) and curator at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne (1993–1996). She graduated with a Fine Art degree from Norwich School of Art and was awarded the Arts Council of England Traineeship in Curating in 1991.