The Emerging Curator Program is designed to discover curatorial talent in Los Angeles and provides opportunities for emerging curators to partner with LACE. Submissions may be very open in nature because of the generous planning time allotted. The LACE team works with the selected Emerging Curator in developing the project as it evolves over the planning year, and collaborates on programming to ensure the work reaches its intended audiences. The project must be designed with a $5,000 budget in mind. LACE provides spaces, project consultation, presentation assistance, and marketing and promotion. Since the program’s inception, LACE has presented five exhibitions and is currently preparing the two upcoming Emerging Curator’s exhibitions for 2021 and 2022.
Upcoming 2021 Emerging Curator’s Exhibition, PARABLE 003:
Alex Jones and Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye, selected as the 2021 Emerging Curators at LACE, will stage PARABLE 003, an exhibition that draws on the long and storied history of Black communities and settlements as tools of resistance. “From quilombos and maroons to The Black Panther Party — as well as Octavia Butler’s unfinished Parable of the Sower trilogy, PARABLE 003 sees space-making as the ultimate revolutionary act.”
Read the full press release here.
Upcoming 2022 Emerging Curator’s Exhibition, Reclaiming Performance as a Revolutionary Act:
LACE’s seventh Emerging Curator event features our 2022 curator, Cat Jones, who will present Reclaiming Performance as a Revolutionary Act, a series of recorded and live performances spanning three weeks. “We discover that movement and performance have always been our saving grace. It has been our refuge from rejection. Seeking acknowledgment and praise within the queer community is often vital to the sustaining of our existence when engaging in unsafe spaces. There is a celebration of our continuance.”
Read the full press release here.
***SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2022 APPLICATIONS***
Guidelines for Curatorial Proposals
The program is accepting curatorial proposals centered on performance, rather than an exhibition. Emerging Curators are encouraged to propose projects that can function as live performances as well as be presented virtually. Proposals may be geared toward a single performance or a series of performances (keeping budget in mind.) Note: this call is specifically for curators and not artists submitting performance proposals of their own work.
- Applications may be submitted by an individual or curatorial team and must be based in the Los Angeles region.
- 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 images or embed web links in your final application.
- Proposals are limited to a maximum one-page description.
- The panel may request the submission of additional materials at a later date.
- Curators with artistic practices should not submit their own work.
Baseera Khan is a New York based visual and performance artist whose practice explores conditions of displacement, assimilation, and fluidity, all of which produce collaged identities. The core of their ideas center upon how the body is affected through surveillance and otherness, especially within capitalist-driven societies. Khan engenders installations and performances with their subjectivity through a decolonized, feminist perspective.
Uri McMillan is Associate Professor of Performance Studies in the Departments of English and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (NYU Press, 2015), which was awarded the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Barnard Hewitt Award and the Errol Hill Prize, both from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). He has published in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and ASAP/Journal and essays in museum/gallery based publications for the Studio Museum in Harlem, Aperture Foundation, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Edgar Miramontes, Deputy Executive Director & Curator of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) serves on the curatorial and management team for REDCAT’s international, national, and regional programming with an emphasis in dance, performance and theater. Miramontes served as co-curator and co-producer of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, an international celebration of art and performance, with more than 200 Latin American and Latinx artists supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation. He was on the curatorial team for the National Performance Network’s (NPN) Performing Americas Program and has served as a panelist for the NEA, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Network of Ensemble Theaters, L.A. Cultural Affairs Department, L.A. County Arts Commission, NPN, and as a reviewer for MAP Fund and Creative Capital. He is currently on the Board of NPN and an advisory committee member of The Japan Foundation, New York and NEFA’s National Theater Project. Miramontes earned a BA in Geography / Environmental Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
November 1, 2020 – Call for proposals opens
February 8, 2021 – Deadline for submissions
April, 2021 – Applicants notified via email
Spring 2022 – Project presented by emerging curator
Emerging Curator’s Press Releases: