Curating the City: Art and Popular Culture in the Urban Age

Hosted by the University of Washington College of the Built Environment,
part of the 2010-2011 Beholding Context Lecture Series.
Curating the City: Art and Popular Culture in the Urban Age

Monday, February 28, 2011
6:30 pm
Kane 120
Register here.

Derrick Cartwright
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director, Seattle Art Museum

Christina Orr-Cahall
CEO and
Director, Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

Stephanie Stebich
Director, Tacoma Art Museum 

Sylvia Wolf
Director, Henry Art Gallery

Through the lens of their institutions, four of our region’s leading museum directors examine the forces that shape twenty-first century urban experience. Within the unique programs, facilities, collections, and curatorial projects of the Seattle Art Museum, EMP, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery, directors Cartwight, Orr-Cahall, Stebich, and Wolf explore the changing roles and responsibilities of cultural institutions in the life of the contemporary city. Moderated by Dean Daniel Friedman.

Registration Link: http://engage.washington.edu/site/Calendar?id=101741&view=Detail

Speaker bios after the jump….

Derrick Cartwright
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director, Seattle Art Museum

Derrick Cartwright has been the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director at the Seattle Art Museum since Sept. 2009. Before that, he served as the Director of the San Diego Museum of Art (2004-2009), Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College (2001-2004); and the Musée d’Art Americain Giverny. Cartwright is trained as a historian of American art, and received degrees from UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Michigan. His publications include An Interlude in Giverny: Frederick MacMonnies and Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low (2001, with Joyce Henry Robinson), Benjamin West: Allegory and Allegiance (2004) and, more recently, contributions to Internationalizing the History of American Art (2009) and Los Desembrados: Roberto Cortazar and Jose Clemente Orozco (2009).

Christina Orr-Cahall
CEO and Director, Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

Christina Orr-Cahall began as CEO and Director of EMP in July 2009. Dr. Orr-Cahall was the CEO and Director of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL from 1990-2009. Previously she was Director and President, Corcoran Gallery and College of Art; Chief Curator of Art, The Oakland Museum and on the art faculty of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty award.

After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Christina received her Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. She also studied in Paris at The École du Louvre and at Oxford University. During 2007 she completed the Stanford University Business School, Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders in the Arts.

Christina currently serves on the Institute of Museum and Library Service Board, a federal agency in Washington D.C., Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and KEXP Advisory Council.

Stephanie A. Stebich
Director, Tacoma Art Museum

Stephanie joined Tacoma Art Museum as Director in April 2005. She curated the Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon exhibition shown at the museum in spring 2007. She serves as Co-Chair of the Cultural Task Force of the Puget Sound Prosperity Partnership, as President of the Washington State Arts Consortium, as a Board Member of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Before coming to Tacoma, she was Assistant Director at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 2001 to 2004, where she oversaw the Programs and Events Division. She has held administrative and curatorial positions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Guggenheim Museum in New York. She holds a BA from Columbia University, a MFA from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University.

Sylvia Wolf
Director, Henry Art Gallery

Sylvia Wolf was named Director of The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, in April 14, 2008. She previously served the Whitney Museum of American Art as endowed chair and head of the department of photography from 1999 to 2004, and as adjunct curator from 2004 to 2008. Wolf came to the Whitney in 1999 from The Art Institute of Chicago, where she organized over 25 photography exhibitions during her twelve-year tenure. She is the author of over twelve books on contemporary art and photography, including Polaroids: Mapplethorpe (2007); Ed Ruscha and Photography (2004); Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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