New Circuits: Curating Contemporary Performance
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New Circuits

On September 28 and 29, 2015 the Walker Art Center hosted an invitational curatorial research convening focused on pressing areas of inquiry facing the field of curating contemporary performance.

Made possible by a curatorial fellowship grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the convening was hosted by the Walker’s Artistic Director Fionn Meade and Director and Senior Curator of Performing Arts Philip Bither, who invited a group of curators, programmers, artists, and producers to address the following: new models of performance curating that have arisen within and outside of the museum setting; evolving standards for collecting and archiving performance and live arts; challenges faced and learning opportunities in producing, commissioning, and acquiring performance-based art and its differing approaches to audience; and shared efforts toward artist advocacy and agency in the context of curating performance across stage, gallery, and emerging platforms. The convening included opportunities for open dialogue, as well as presentations, case studies, and panel discussions with leaders in the field.