LACE is pleased to host 2013 Curator-in-Residence Martha Kirszenbaum for a research residency in Los Angeles. For her residency, Kirszenbaum will research and continue to develop her two-part exhibition cycle, La Fin de la Nuit & The End of the Night.
Presented as part of the Young Curators Season at Palais de Tokyo, La Fin de la Nuit is the first of two exhibitions that explore the visual influence of two major experimental filmmakers: one French, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and one American, Kenneth Anger. La Fin de la Nuit will take place at the Palais de Tokyo (21 June – 9 September 9, 2013), and frames an exploration of Los Angeles-based artists through the prism of Kenneth Anger’s aesthetics. The second exhibition in the cycle, The End of the Night, will open at LACE in the fall (16 October – 15 December 2013) and will explore the impact of Clouzot’s unfinished film L’Enfer on notions of visual and sound experimentation, the kinetic, and optical illusions in contemporary French art.
Martha Kirszenbaum is an independent curator based in Paris. She worked at the Department of Media and Performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cabinet of Photography at Centre Georges Pompidou, and as a research assistant at the New Museum, New York. Independently, she has organized exhibitions, projects and screenings in the United States (Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York), Europe (Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris; European Culture Congress, Wroclaw; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; Tramway, Glasgow) and at the 2012 Marrakech Biennale. She was a curator-in-residence at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, and guest curator at the Belvedere Museum/21er Haus in Vienna where she organized two interventions on the collection in 2012. She is a regular contributor for Kaleidoscope, L’Officiel, and Voxpop, and has led seminars on curatorial practices at Université Paris VIII and Parsons Paris.
Martha Kirszenbaum’s residency is made possible with the generous support of Ceci n’est pas…Art Between France and Los Angeles and Guest Haus Residency.