Curating at the Edge

Curating at the Edge

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Located less than a mile from JuAirez, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso is a non-collecting institution that serves the Paso del Norte region. In Curating at the Edge, Kate Bonansinga brings to life her experiences as the Rubina€™s founding director, giving voice to a curatorial approach that reaches far beyond the limited scope of a€œborder arta€ or Chicano art. Instead, Bonansinga captures the creative climate of 2004a€“2011, when contemporary art addressed broad notions of destruction and transformation, irony and subversion, gender and identity, and the impact of location on politics. The Rubina€™s location in the Chihuahuan desert on the U.S./Mexican border is meaningful and intriguing to many artists, and, consequently, Curating at the Edge describes the multiple artistic perspectives conveyed in the place-based exhibitions Bonansinga oversaw. Exciting mid-career artists featured in this collection of case studies include Margarita Cabrera, Liz Cohen, Marcos RamAsrez ERRE, and many others. Recalling her experiences in vivid, first-person scenes, Bonansinga reveals the processes a contemporary art curator undertakes and the challenges she faces by describing a few of the more than sixty exhibitions that she organized during her tenure at the Rubin. She also explores the artistsa€™ working methods and the relationship between their work and their personal and professional histories (some are Mexican citizens, some are U.S. citizens of Mexican descent, and some have ancestral ties to Europe). Timely and illuminating, Curating at the Edge sheds light on the work of the interlocutors who connect artists and their audiences.JeA¾ik would stick to the proposed subject of contested borders, but he would carve them with a chainsaw into plywood. ... For the second intervention, craftsmen extracted material from another wall to repair the gap. ... a direct reference to unplanned governmental policies that end up needing correction or compensation, which in turn, does not really solve the problem, but creates more trouble elsewhere.

Title:Curating at the Edge
Author: Kate Bonansinga
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2014-01-06

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