Applications for the Emerging Curator Program 2024 call will open on March 15, 2023
Application open on Submittable here. Deadline to apply is April 16, 2023.
The Emerging Curator Program is designed to discover curatorial talent in Los Angeles and provides opportunities for emerging curators to partner with LACE. For the program’s ninth installment, one project will be selected for presentation in spring 2024.
This year, the program is accepting curatorial proposals centered on film and video artworks that can be presented as a single program or programming series rather than an exhibition. Emerging curators are encouraged to propose projects that can be presented in a gallery space or theater over no more than four days/evenings. Exact format and scheduling to be coordinated in collaboration with the LACE team.
Note: this call is specifically for curators and not artists submitting proposals of their own work.
Submissions are expected to be open in nature because of the generous planning time allotted. The LACE team will work with the selected Emerging Curator/Curatorial Team in developing the project as it evolves over the planning year, and will collaborate on programming to ensure the work reaches its intended audiences. The project must be designed with a $6,000 budget in mind, including curatorial and artist fees. LACE will provide space, project consultation, presentation assistance, and marketing and promotion.
Online applications only; no in-person submissions are accepted.
Applicants are limited to one submission; there is no submission fee.
Submissions must be consistent with LACE’s tradition of supporting experimental projects.
Visuals are optional but encouraged; include PDFs or web links. Video samples should be no longer than 5 mins in length total, with a maximum of 2 video samples per proposal.
Proposal descriptions are limited to a maximum of 300 words
The panel may request the submission of additional materials at a later date.
Curators with artistic practices should not submit their own work.
Review Panelists for 2023 Submissions
Patty Chang is a Los Angeles based artist and educator who uses performance, video, installation and narrative forms when considering identity, gender, transnationalism, colonial legacies, the environment, large-scale infrastructural projects and impacted subjectivities. Her most recent collaborative project, Learning Endings, is a multi-part interdisciplinary research that has surfaced amidst the overlapping contexts of climate crisis, threatened ocean ecosystems, and challenges to scientific expertise. It examines the work of scientists who perform necropsies of dead marine mammals as unacknowledged forms of attention and care, and explores how various kinds of art practice can support this care work. Her work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; New Museum, New York; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; BAK, Basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht, and Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, England. She teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.
Suzy Halajian is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. She is Executive Director and Curator at JOAN. Her work begins at the intersection of art and politics, treating image making as steeped in colonial pasts and modern surveillance states. She has curated exhibitions and programs at spaces including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, The Hammer Museum, and Human Resources, Los Angeles; Oregon Contemporary, Portland; Kunstverein, Amsterdam; UKS, Oslo; and the Sursock Museum, Beirut. Halajian serves on the Programming Committee of Human Resources Los Angeles. She was granted The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant for the collaborative journal Georgia and a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Her writing has been published by ArtEast, BOMB, X-TRA, and Ibraaz, among others. Halajian is a PhD candidate in the Film and Digital Media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Adam Hyman is Executive Director and Programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum, the city’s longest-running organization screening artist-driven experimental film and video art, documentaries, and animation. He has programmed over 300 shows since 1998, including historical retrospectives, tributes, and contemporary practitioners. He co-edited the book Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, and co-curated a 28-part screening series of the same name in 2011-2012. He was project supervisor for the groundbreaking project Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America, which included a 29-part screening series, a bilingual book of the same title, and a touring set of programs.
Hyman has also been a documentary filmmaker for the past twenty-six years, serving in many capacities on a variety of historical and archaeological documentaries that have aired on the PBS, the History Channel, the Travel Channel and others. He co-produced the 2007 Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning feature documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience and The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. He is currently producing and directing a film on R&B sax legend Big Jay McNeely.
Past Emerging Curators
2023 – Joy A. Anderson and Robin Garcia, Of Seeds, Soil and Stars: Regenerative Actions In Transformational Times
2022 – Cat Jones, Reclaiming Performance: Reverence of Self
2021 – Kevin Moultie-Daye and Alex Jones, PARABLE 003
2020 – Abigail Raphael Collins, SOUND OFF: Silence + Resistance
2019- Narei Choi and Nicolas Orozco-Valdivia, Take my Money / Take My Body
2018- Emily Butts, Names Printed in Black
2017-Virginia Broersma, Nick Brown and Kio Griffith, The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley
2016-Curated by Idurre Alonso and Selene Preciado, Customizing Language
Image: Deseos by Carlos Motta as part of the 2018 Emerging Curator Program, Names Printed in Black, curated by Emily Butts.