at home: Artists in Conversation: A Curator’s Beginnings: Why We Look, and How

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A conversation with Horace D. Ballard (Yale MAR 2010), Adrienne Edwards, and Christine Y. Kim. Moderated by Hilton Als

at home: Artists in Conversation

Join us for lively and inspiring conversations with some of today’s notable artists. at home: Artists in Conversation brings together curators and artists to discuss various artistic practices and insights into their work.

About this program

Join the panelists for a discussion about the future of museums, the role of curators, and the defining moments that inspired them to explore the curatorial profession.

About Hilton Als

Als is a staff writer and theater critic for the New Yorker and associate professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts. He has taught at Smith College, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. Prior to the New Yorker, Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism (2017), Yale’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize (2016), the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism (2002-03), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000). His first book, The Women, was published in 1996. His most recent book, White Girls, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in 2014. Als edited the exhibition catalogue for Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1994–95).

Als curated a series of three exhibitions devoted to women artists, organized by the Yale Center for British Art and developed in collaboration with the artists. The initial display of works by Celia Paul was on view at the Center in 2018, followed by a selection of paintings and etching by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in 2019. The final show, featuring the work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby, will open in the fall of 2022.

About Horace D. Ballard

Ballard received an MAR from the Yale Divinity School in 2010 and is the Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge. Prior to this role, he was curator of American art at the Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, where he organized exhibitions of contemporary art and artists, including Sam Gilliam in Dialogue (2018); possible selves: queer foto vernaculars (2019); Landmarks (2020); and Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone (2022). His research interests include gender and race in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century American portraiture; men's fashion; and the visual and material cultures of religion in the Americas. Ballard received his PhD in American visual culture from Brown University, his MAR from the Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and his BA from the University of Virginia. He has held positions in the curatorial, education, and interpretation departments of the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama; Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia; the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum; and the Yale University Art Gallery.

About Adrienne Edwards

Edwards is the Engell Speyer Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and co-curator of the 2022 Whitney Biennial. Previously, she served as a curator for Performa in New York City and as curator at large for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Edwards’s curatorial projects have included the exhibition and catalogue Blackness in Abstraction at Pace Gallery, New York (2016); Jason Moran, which originated at the Walker before traveling to the ICA Boston, Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and the Whitney (2018-19); Moved by the Motion: Sudden Rise (2020), a series of performances at the Whitney based on a text co-written by Wu Tsang, interdisciplinary artist boychild, and poet Fred Moten; Dave McKenzie: The Story I Tell Myself and the parallel commissioned performance Disturbing the View at the Whitney (2021); and the forthcoming My Barbarian, a twenty-year survey, at the Whitney (2021–22). She organized the event commencing the construction of Day’s End, a permanent public art project by David Hammons developed by the Whitney in collaboration with Hudson River Park. Edwards is visiting critic at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at New York University and the New School, NYC. She writes extensively about modern and contemporary art.

About Christine Y. Kim

Kim is curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Prior to LACMA, Kim held positions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she curated the exhibitions Freestyle (2001), Black Belt (2003), Frequency (2005), Henry Taylor: Sis and Bra (2007), Philosophy of Time Travel (2007), Flow (2008), and Kehinde Wiley: World Stage: Africa, Lagos-Dakar (2008). Additional curatorial projects include co-curating the twelfth Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, titled Imagined Borders (2018), and serving as the curatorial advisor for Prospect 3: Notes for Now on view at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans (2014). Kim is the co-founder of two nonprofit organizations: Los Angeles Nomadic Division, which works with national and international contemporary artists to curate site-specific public art exhibitions in Los Angeles, and GYOPO, a diasporic Korean arts organization based in Los Angeles.

This program is presented through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.

A recording of this program will be made available online. Please check back here soon.

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Hilton Als, photo by Ali Smith; Adrienne Edwards, photo by Bryan Derballa; Horace D. Ballard, photo by Jessica Smolinski; Christine Y. Kim photo by Lulu

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