On February 3, 2005 the haudenschild Garage presented the panel Asian Art Now in collaboration with the Visual Arts Department of UCSD. Organized by Eloisa Haudenschild with Steve Fagin. Mami Kataoka (Senior Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo & International Associate Curator, Hayward Gallery, London), invited by the Garage, was in conversation with Lesley Stern (Professor, UCSD), Norman Bryson (Professor,UCSD), Doryun Chong (Curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), Betti-Sue Hertz (Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), Eungie Joo (Curator, REDCAT, Los Angeles), Yukie Kamiya (Curator, New Museum, New York), and Kuiyi Shen (Professor, UCSD).
About the Participants
Betti-Sue Hertz is the Director of Visual Art at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and served as the curator of contemporary art at San Diego Museum of Art from 2000-2008. Prior, she was the director of Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, New York 1992-1998. Her recent major exhibitions and catalogues at SDMA include Eleanor Antin (2008); Animated Painting (2007); Transmission: The Art of Matta and Gorson Matta-Clark (2006); Past in Reverse: Contemporary art of East Asia (2004); She was adjunct curator of Contemporary Links, a series in which contemporary artists respond to works in SDMA’s collection.
Walker Art Center associate curator Doryun Chong has been appointed Associate Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art effective June 2009. Before joining the Walker, Chong worked in the curatorial department of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and organized/curated projects for the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2003). He studied history of art at the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1997 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with a Departmental Citation. He also did graduate work in history of art at Berkeley from 1997 to 2003. During his tenure at the Walker he has served on a number of panels and juries, including the Alpert Award in the Arts, Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the William H. Johnson Prize, and has lectured widely in such cities as San Francisco, Washington, DC, Vancouver, Barcelona, Seoul, and Tokyo. Chong is a contributing editor to the journal ArtAsiaPacific and was a co-curator of the 2006 Busan Biennale in Busan, South Korea.
Eungie Joo has been appointed curator of the New Museum New York’s Generational Triennial, starting in Spring 2012. Joo has been the curator of public programmes and education at the Museum since 2007, and has also served as commissioner for the Korean Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. During her career she has worked closely with international artists from the Americas, Asia, and Europe, focusing on new commissions. Before the position at the New Museum, Joo had been Director and Curator at REDCAT in Los Angeles, from 2003 to 2007.
Kuiyi Shen is Professor of Asian Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California, San Deigo, whose teaching and writing has focus on Chinese and Japanese art with an emphasis on modern and contemporary Chinese art and Sino-Japanese art exchanges in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He received a BA in fine arts from the Shanghai Normal University and an MA and PhD in art history from the Ohio State University. Prior to his 1989 relocation to the United States, Kuiyi Shen served as the director of the art book department at the Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. Shen taught at Ohio University, State University of New York at Buffalo, Rice University, and University of Oregon before joining the UCSD faculty. Shen is the author and co-author of many books and exhibition catalogues on modern and contemporary Chinese art, including A Century in Crisis: Tradition and Modernity in the Art of Twentieth Century China (1998); Between the Thunder and the Rain: Chinese Paintings from the Opium War to the Cultural Revolution (2000); Word and Meaning: Six Contemporary Chinese Artists (2000); Chongqing Chilis (2003); Zhou Brothers—Thirty Years of Collaboration (2004); Chinese Painting on the Eve of the Communist Revolution: Chang Shu-chi and his Collection (2006), The Elegant Gathering: The Yeh Family Collection (2006), Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennale (2007), and the forthcoming Arts of Modern China, Social Networks in Republican Shanghai, Literature in Line, and The Challenge of Modernity: Chinese Painting of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.
Lesley Stern is a professor at the University of California, San Diego and is the author of The Scorsese Connection (The British Film Institute and Indiana University Press, 1995) and The Smoking Book (The University of Chicago Press, 1999) and co-editor of Falling For You: Essays on Cinema and Performance. Her work moves between a number of disciplinary locations, and spans both theory and production. Although her reputation was established in the fields of film theory and history she is also known for her fiction writing and her video productions. Stern was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and spent many years in Australia before moving to UCSD in 2000. She has an Honors degree from London University (in English Language and Literature) and a Ph.D. from Sydney University (in film). She has taught in a number of countries, including Zimbabwe (at the University of Zimbabwe), the United Kingdom (Glasgow University), Australia (La Trobe and Murdoch Universities and The University of New South Wales) and the United States (UC Irvine). She has published extensively in the areas of film, performance, photography, cultural history and feminism, and her essays have appeared in journals such as Screen, M/F, Camera Obscura, Film Reader, Image Forum (in Japanese), Trafic (in French), Emergences, Critical Inquiry. A recipient of many awards and grants, Stern has recently been a Getty Scholar for the year of the Passions in 1998, and a Visiting Fellow at the Getty Research Institute for a seminar on Gesture in 1999. Stern’s current projects include a further work of ficto-criticism revolving around cinematic memory; a book-length study of Township Theater in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – where traditional arts (music, dance, story telling) are combined with more contemporary dramatic modes and with kung fu (a short video has been produced out of this project, and a longer film is in production); and a book on cinematic remakes.
Mami Kataoka is currently the senior curator at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and is the international curator at Hayward Gallery, London, where earlier in 2009 she presented the exhibition Laughing in a Foreign Language, exploring the role of humor in contemporary art practice worldwide. She has co-curated the exhibitions Tokyo-Berlin / Berlin-Tokyo (2006) in collaboration with the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; New Territories (2005) at ARCO Madrid. From 1997-2002 she was chief curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. In 2001 she co-curated “My Home is Yours / Your Home is Mine” with Hou Hanru and Jerome Sans. In 2002 she worked with the Barbican Art Gallery in London to produce “JAM: Tokyo-London” which included the work of over forty artists, fashion and graphic designers, photographers, musicians, and performers. In the same year Kataoka was one of nine curators to develop the exhibition “Under Construction: New Dimensions of Asian Art“. She was also the selector, with Hou Hanru, of the Asian galleries that participated in the 2004 ARCO held in Madrid. More recently she has worked on projects with artists: Rirkrit Tiravanija, Santiago Cucullu, Ozawa Tsuyoshi and Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba.
Prior to joining the University of California, San Diego in 2003, Norman Bryson taught at Cambridge, Rochester, Harvard, and London Universities. At King’s College, Cambridge, he was a Fellow and Director of Studies in English. At the University of Rochester he was the first Director of the newly formed PhD program in Visual and Cultural Studies. He was professor of art history at Harvard from 1990 to 1998, when he moved to London to direct the PhD program in Visual and Theoretical Studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. He is currently Professor of Art History at the University of California, San Diego. He has published widely in the areas of eighteenth-century art history, critical theory, and contemporary art. Over the past five years, contemporary art has been at the forefront of his writing, complemented by teaching in fine art schools (rather than art history departments) including Goldsmiths College, London, the Jan van Eyck Academy at Maastricht, the Netherlands, and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Bryson current research and teaching focus on modern art and visual culture in the West, China and Japan, on photography, and on the philosophy of visual representation.
Currently Adjunct Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Yukie Kamiya studied Art History at Waseda University in Tokyo and completed the De Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. She has curated exhibitions in Asia, Europe, the United States and South America, including Adaptive Behavior at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Under Construction: New Dimension of Asian Art at the Japan Foundation Forum and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Fantasia at Space IMA in Seoul and the Far East Modern Art Center in Beijing, and Space-Jack! at the Yokohama Museum of Art. She has also written for catalogues and periodicals including Afterall, Art Asia Pacific, Asahi Newspaper, Bijutsu Techo and Wolgan Misool.