A Conversation with Ellen Hartwell Alderman and Jennifer Garcia Peacock
Monday April 9, 2012
3512 Haven Hall
Please join us for a conversation with two curators/scholars/activists who use exhibition as a way to envision, explore, and expand their own communities.
Currently a PhD candidate in American Culture here at UM, Jennifer Garcia Peacock’s scholarship is intimately bound with her involvement in the creation of El Museo del Norte in Southwest Detroit, a grassroots museum and cultural center celebrating Latina/os historical presence in Michigan.
Ellen Hartwell Alderman is a Chicago-based curator and creative programmer for the Graham Foundation, a major arts nonprofit in Chicago committed to fostering new ways of thinking about the role of architecture in society. When not at the Graham, she is busy running an independent gallery space, Alderman Exhibitions, in Chicago’s West Loop.
The VCW is bringing together two individuals who operate both inside and outside major arts and academic organizations in order to have a frank and lively discussion about the role of community within contemporary exhibition practices. Each curator/scholar will provide insight into the ways that different kinds of institutions support and produce cultural knowledge, and the generative potential of locating a scholarly or creative practice between several of these sites. Please bring any questions you may have about the process of founding or developing an alternative exhibition space, or the challenges of running an arts organization.
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