Contemporary Identity in Photography, MICHIKO KASAHARA, Chief Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo   June 14, 2012
Michiko Kasahara, an established authority in Japanese contemporary art, began her career as a curator with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 1989 . Thereafter, she joined t the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, for a four year term after which she returned to the Metropolitan Museum as the Chief Curator in 2006.

Amongst her many international achievements is her appointment as the commissioner for Japan at the fifty-first Venice Biennale (2005). She received The Photographic Society of Japan Award (2002) and has received numerous awards for her curatorial essays. As the guest curator for the Japan Foundation's international traveling exhibitions, she took her projects including ‘Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary’ (2004) and the 2003 'City-net Asia' project to the USA, UK, South Korea, Philippines.

Kasahara’s curatorial projects focus predominantly on contemporary Japanese photography. Acclaimed exhibitions include ‘On Your Body’ (2008), ‘On Landscape’ (2002), and ‘Kiss in the Dark’ (2001). She also organizes American Perspectives exhibitions. Her previous projects include ‘Photographs from the Polaroid Collection’ (2000), ‘Love's Body: Rethinking the Naked and the Nude in Photography’ (1998), ‘Alfred Stieglitz and His Contemporaries’ (1997), and ‘Gender Beyond Memory: The Works of Contemporary Women Artists’ (1996).
Connections, CLAUDIA CANNIZZARO, Artist and Director of Art OMI   April 26, 2012
Cannizzaro trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome before moving to New York in 1997. Her work combines traditional symbols and rituals with contemporary thinking and politics, resulting in a fascinating mélange of thought-provoking complexity.

She has exhibited in solo and group shows, in galleries and museums throughout the USA and elsewhere, including: Pierogi, NY (2011); Five Myles, NY (2011); Spazio A, Pistoia, Italy (2007); and Centro Cultural São Paolo, Brazil (2006). Cannizzaro says of her interest in textile art: "Since my early paintings in the mid 90s, I never used stretchers or frames and always conceived my paintings as, first and foremost, a manipulated piece of fabric... Inevitably, my paintings soon took a sculptural existence, in which I treated them as three dimensional objects, altering their form depending on the exhibition space."

Cannizzaro is the first Vision Culture Art Resident of SGFA. For this Lecture, she presented her exploration of Malaysia and the impact on her art practice.
From Idea to Exhibition, Dr. DEBRA DIAMOND, Associate Curator for South and Southeast Asian Art at The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution   February 2, 2012
As the lead curator for the landmark exhibition Garden and Cosmos: Royal Painting of Jodhpur, shown at the Smithsonian, the Seattle Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Gallery of New South Wales (2008/2009), she developed an exhibition that attracted an unprecedented number of visitors, and has been widely acknowledged as creating a new model for Indian art exhibitions. The rigorous academic standards applied to her writing and curating were recognised through the College Art Association’s 2009 Alfred Barr, Jr. Award for 'outstanding museum catalogue’.

Though her focus is traditional Indian painting, her interests extend beyond. Having worked for the Smithsonian for over a decade, Dr Diamond has participated in several acclaimed exhibitions, ranging from diverse themes such as a review of Asian portraiture from the past 2000 years (Facing East: Portraiture From Asia, 2006); contemporary photography (Kenro Izu: Sacred Sites Along the Silk Road, 2002-3; AutoFocus: Photographs by Raghubir Singh, 2003); and contemporary art. Her ‘Perspectives’ series (2003-2006) provided regular excursions into contemporary Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Malaysian art.
New Directions in Asian Architecture, Dr ANOMA PIERIS, University of Melbourne.   December 16, 2011
Dr Pieris is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. She is the author of Hidden Hands and Divided Landscapes: A penal history of Singapore's plural society (Hawaii University Press, 2009); Imagining Modernity: The Architecture of Valentine Gunasekara (2007); JCY: The Architecture of Jones Coulter Young (2005) and co-author (with P. Goad) of New Directions in Tropical Asian Architecture (2005). She has degrees from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; MIT (USA) and a PhD from UC Berkeley (USA).    
International Biennial and Triennial Trends - CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, ICP NY   September 15, 2011
CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS has been the curator at the International Center of Photography in New York City since 2000. In 2004, he and Wu Hung of the University of Chicago organised the first major U.S. exhibition of Chinese contemporary photography, "Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China." In recent years he has curated such exhibitions as "Atta Kim: On-Air" (2006), "Shanghai Kaleidoscope" (2008), "Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan" (2008), “H20: Art on the Horizon of Nature” (2010), and “Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide” (2011). He has also served as a member of the curatorial team that organized the 2003, 2006, and 2009 editions of the ICP Triennial of Contemporary Photography and Video. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at New York University, where he teaches classes in the history and criticism of photography.    
Living Art - Dr SUSAN COCHRANE   July 7, 2011
Dr SUSAN COCHRANE , as a renowned curator, researcher and writer specialising in contemporary Aboriginal and Pacific art, presents an approachable understanding of aboriginal art as practised in a vital and contemporary context. She will discuss researching/curating/project managing exhibitions of Indigenous art for international exhibition, working from remote locations like Papua New Guinea and Elcho Island.

Susan is an established curator of major exhibitions of Pacific art and has published extensively on contemporary art of the Oceanic region. She is currently with the Elcho Island Arts in Arnhem Land, which is the heartland of superb artistic traditions of the Yolgnu people. Her present commitment is promoting fine art by prominent Australian Aboriginal artists to international audiences.
An Intimate Relationship with the World - ANTOINE D'AGATA   May 5, 2011
ANTOINE D’AGATA: Magnum Photographer, D’Agata’s first books of photographs, "De Mala Muerte" and "Mala Noche", were published in 1998. In 2001 he published "Hometown", and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. "Vortex" and "Insomnia" appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition "1001 Nuits"; "Stigma" was published in 2004, and "Manifeste" in 2005. In 2004 D'Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, "Le Ventre du Monde" (The World's Belly); this experiment led to his long feature film, "Aka Ana", shot in Tokyo in 2006. He has been exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals including Rencontres d’Arles, Noorderlicht, FotoFreo and The Photographers Gallery, London, and Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon sur Saône.    
Critical Curatorship - OSCAR HO
Curator/Director/Art Critic: Founding Director of Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai Advisor to dialectica 12 and 13; Guest Curator for 2nd and 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland
  March 14, 2011
The Role of the Curator in Art Criticism - Professor VOLKER ALBUS, Designer, Curator, Writer & Academic (Germany)   January 13, 2011
Art, Surgery & Transplantation by SIR ROY CALNE   January 11, 2010
Charlotte Perriand, Architect & Designer - Discussion and talk led by Ezlina Adnan   May 17, 2010
Klavdij Sluban, Photographer
Curatorial and Collecting Languages of the Image
  August 5, 2010
Weaving Successes - The Carol Cassidy Silk Story, CAROL CASSIDY   October 18, 2010
Constructive Critical Views - Art Criticism and Curatorship, NICOLE BUSING and HEIKO KLASS   November 25, 2010
Contemporary Art with Venetian Glass, TRINA TYGRETT   December 10, 2010



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