Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Who: Matthew Higgs
What: The New Administration of a Fine Arts Education
Where: Columbus College of Art & Design
CCAD Design Studios on Broad (first floor)
390 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH
When: November 17, 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening with Matthew Higgs, director and chief curator of White Columns, New York’s oldest artist-run space. Matthew has served as curator at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and associate director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He has curated numerous exhibitions of international art and is a regular contributor to Art Forum and Frieze. He has taught in curatorial practice programs at California College of the Arts, The Banff Centre, and participated in ICi's Curatorial Intensive. He is currently a faculty member at Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard.

As an artist and dedicated bibliophile, Matthew's work sometimes reuses printed material to reduce books to a conceptual level by removing their original context in order to create new meaning. He has exhibited widely with recent solo exhibitions in New York, Vancouver, and London.

The New Administration of a Fine Arts Education is a conversation series with leading individuals in contemporary art, culture and education who engage in multiple and overlapping artistic and pedagogic practices. Their exhibitions, actions, writing and artworks are at times seamless integrations of cultural production, lifestyle, studio and teaching. Some of them operate from inside or in coordination with art education institutions, challenging tradition from within. Others combine education and creative economic strategies to sustain work in the realm of contemporary art and beyond and to realize new institutions. In all cases they are dismantling, intentionally or not, rigid definitions of what it means to be an artist, curator and educator today.

Artists: Matthew Higgs, Michael Mercil, J. Morgan Puett, Jon Rubin

Curators: James Voorhies with Lisa Dent

Accompanying publication available March 2011

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Free and open to the public
J. Morgan Puett? Monday, January 31, 7 p.m.
Michael Mercil Wednesday, February 2, 7 p.m.

Image Credit: Matthew Higgs, Photograph of a Book (Art in Crisis), 2009, digital c-print, 18 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches, edition of 10, (Photography by Anne Collier), Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York

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