Vincenzo de Bellis in Conversation with Mary Jane Jacob
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Vincenzo de Bellis in Conversation with Mary Jane Jacob

Vincenzo de Bellis is curator and associate director of programs, Visual Arts, at the Walker Art Center. He is the curator of Jannis Kounellis in Six Acts organized by the Walker Art Center and Museo Jumex, Mexico City.

During his tenure at the Walker, de Bellis has organized several exhibitions, including the group shows The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance (2021) and I am you, you are too (2017) as well as the surveys of Mario García Torres, Illusion Brought Me Here (2018) and Nairy Baghramian, Déformation Professionnelle (2017), among others.

Prior to joining the Walker in 2015, he curated Ennesima: An Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art at the Triennale di Milano and Betty Woodman’s survey at Museo Marino Marini, Florence. From 2009 to 2016 de Bellis was founding director and curator at Peep-Hole Art Center, and he is artistic director of the International Fair of Modern Art and Contemporary, both in Milan.

Mary Jane Jacob is a professor and director of the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice, School of Art Institute of Chicago, where she leads practice in curatorial training and is spearheading a major research project on Chicago social practice.

She served as the chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1980–1986) as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (1986–1989). Since 1990 Jacob has been a pioneer in the history of public, site-specific, and socially engaged art. She is the author and editor of several key books, including Conversations at the Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art (1996) and Culture in Action: New Public Art in Chicago (1993).

Jacob was awarded the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, Public Art Dialogue’s Lifetime Award for Achievement in the Field of Public Art, and a Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship.

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