Case in Point: Between Practices


Case in Point: Between Practices
Tuesday, April 29, 7:00pm
Admission: 10 NIS. Free for Friends of the CCA

The panel will be held in English.

Artis and the Center for Contemporary Art are pleased to co-present an evening exploring experimental curatorial projects that push art outside itself and into other fields of practice. Three distinguished curators, Naomi Beckwith, Prem Krishnamurthy and Lucia Sanroman, will share their strategies for overlapping art with graphic design, community outreach, urban design, and public legislature. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by CCA Curator Chen Tamir.     

Naomi Beckwith will discuss her role as a trustee of the Laundromat Project, a community-based art project seeking to create art installations in the public spaces of underserved areas in NY. Her talk will examine parallels and divergences between the Laundromat Project and prominent social practice projects to examine recent shifts in art seeking to make critical interventions into communities and public life.

Lucia Sanroman will speak about Citizen Culture: Art and Architecture Shape Policy, and exhibition she curated that is currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. This exhibition features the work of nine international artists and architects who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to reshape public policy through aesthetics. Citizen Culture highlights projects in six cities—Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Medellín, Bogotá, and Rio de la Plata—that use the power of art and architecture to raise social consciousness and transform the laws by which cities and citizens are governed. Artists include Suzanne Lacy, Tania Bruguera, Antanas Mockus, Ala Plástica (Silvina Babich and Alejandro Meitin), Laurie Jo Reynolds, Alejandro Echeverri and Teddy Cruz, and Michael Maltzan

Prem Krishnamurthy will discuss his programming at P!, a multidisciplinary exhibition space in New York City’s Chinatown that straddles the overlapping worlds of curating and design. For his talk, Krishnamurthy will focus on one exhibition, “The Ceiling Should Be Green” (2013): curated together with artist Kit Yi (Ali) Wong, this group show employed systems of chance and belief as both method and content. Wong and Krishnamurthy worked with a Feng Shui master to select the featured artists based on their birthdays and associated Chinese astrological traits, as well as to organize the artworks in harmony with each other and their environment.


Prem Krishnamurthy is a New York-based designer and curator. As a founding principal of award-winning design studio Project Projects, he has collaborated with clients including the Art Institute of Chicago, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Bozar Brussels, Guggenheim Museum, Istanbul Design Biennial, M+ Museum, Mercosul Biennial, MoMA, RISD Museum, SALT Istanbul, Whitney Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and others. Prem is also the director/curator of P!, a multidisciplinary exhibition space in New York City’s Chinatown. Since opening in September 2012, P!’s exhibitions with Åbäke, Mel Bochner, Katarina Burin, Karel Martens, Brian O‘Doherty, Sarah Oppenheimer, Amie Siegel, Société Réaliste, Kit Yi Wong, and others have met wide critical acclaim. He has edited books including MATRIX / Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art (with Elizabeth Thomas) and Speculating on Change (with Vyjayanthi Rao and Carin Kuoni, forthcoming). Prem is the Associate Editor of the art journal Paper Monument and serves on the Board of Directors of the online journal Triple Canopy.

Naomi Beckwith is Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Prior to joining the MCA, Beckwith was in a project coordinator for BAMart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and, most recently, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Beckwith has curated several exhibitions at the ICA in Philadelphia and in New York at Cuchifritos, Artists Space, and the Studio Museum where she also managed the Artists-in-Residence program. Beckwith was a fall 2008 grantee of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and was named a 2011 Leader to Watch by ArtTable. In addition to her curatorial work, Beckwith serves on the board of the Laundromat Project and has served on several host committees such as RUSH Philanthropic Gold Rush Awards, the BAMart Annual Auction, Triple Canopy and the Art for Africa auction for the Africa Foundation.

Lucía Sanromán is an independent curator and writer living between Mexico City and San Diego. From 2006 to 2011, she served as Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Recent projects include participation as curator for Political Equator 3 (2011) with Teddy Cruz, Proyecto Coyote for Encuentro Internacional de Medellin 2011 (MDE11), and Anomalia for the University Art Gallery at UC San Diego (2012). She is the editor with Cesar Garcia of Marcos Ramírez ERRE published by INBA and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (2012). Sanromán has been awarded the 2012 Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship. She is co-curating the next edition of SITE Santa Fe’s Biennial SITElines.2014: Unsettled Landscapes.

This panel is part of the Case in Point series co-organized by the CCA and Artis, an independent nonprofit organization that broadens international awareness and understanding of contemporary art from Israel. The panelists are taking part in Artis’ 12th semi-annual curatorial research trip.