Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

New Curators at P.S. 1 and The Drawing Center

Peter Eleey. Photo: Cameron Wittig

Peter Eleey, Photo: Cameron Wittig

Claire Gilman

Claire Gilman

Two major New York art institutions have announced changes in their chief curators: P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and The Drawing Center.

P.S. 1 Director Klaus Biesenbach announced that Peter Eleey will assume the role of Curator, effective July 1.  Eleey is currently the Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, a position he has held since 2007.  Prior to joining the Walker, he was the Curator and Producer at Creative Time, New York from 2002-2007.

As Curator, Eleey will organize exhibition and public programs and will oversee the curatorial staff.  Additionally, he will work with the Director, staff and Board Members on the development of the long-range plan for the Long Island City institution.

At the Walker, Eleey organized exhibitions such as “The Talent Show” which is open now through August 15.  This exhibition examines a range of complicated relationships that have emerged between artists, audiences and participants in light of the competing desires for notoriety and privacy that mark our present cultural moment.  This is an especially relevant area of artistic exploration being discussed now as Marina Abramovic’s exhibition at MoMA titled The Artist is Present crosses boundaries with the audience…and they cross back.  MoMA recently reported that several guests were asked to leave the exhibition after touching the nude performers.

During his tenure at Creative Time, Eleey was responsible for organizing several stellar multidisciplinary projects and events, notably Cai Guo-Qiang’s pyrotechnic event Light Cycle (2003) in Central Park and Doug Aitken’s Sleepwalkers (2007) which consisted of large projections onto the MoMA’s façade told the stories of ordinary New Yorkers (played by hip celebrities and musician like Tilda Swinton and Chan Marchall).  This project was commissioned jointly with MoMA and co-curated by P.S. 1 Director Klaus Biesenbach.

At the Drawing Center, Dr. Claire Gilman has been appointed to the post of Curator, announced Executive Director Brett Littman.  Gilman joins The Drawing Center with a PhD in Art History from Columbia University.

Gilman served as a curatorial fellow at the Museum of Modern Art from 2002-2006, where she worked on scholarly exhibitions such as Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul, Greater New York, and Atre Povera: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection.

Gilman has taught art history and critical theory at Columbia University; The Center for Curatorial Studies; Bard College, The Corcoran College for Art and Design; and MoMA.  She has written extensively for Art Journal, CAA Reviews, Documents, Freize and October, among others.

The Drawing Center is the only non-profit institution in the country that focuses solely on the exhibition of historical and contemporary drawing.  In a press release from the Drawing Center, Gilman acknowledges, “The Drawing Center combines a breadth of scope with a specificity of vision that is unparalleled.  I am thrilled to be joining this unique institution with its history of innovative, investigative programming and its commitment to interrogating the role of drawing throughout history and today.”

The Drawing Center is located at 35 Wooster Street in SoHo.  P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center is at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.