Request for Curatorial Proposals from Los Angeles-Based Practitioners for 2020 Presentation
This new program is designed to discover curatorial talent in Los Angeles and gives an opportunity for an emerging curator to partner with LACE. Applicants are reviewed by a panel that will recommend projects to the LACE team. For the fifth installment of LACE’s Emerging Curators Program one project will be selected for presentation in early 2020. The panel will select a compelling project that is consistent with LACE’s experimental spirit.
It is expected that submissions may be very open in nature because of the generous planning time allotted. The LACE team will work with the selected Emerging Curator in developing the project as it evolves over the planning year, and to collaborate on programming to insure the work reaches its intended audiences. The project must be designed with a $5,000 budget in mind. LACE will provide space, exhibition consultation, installation expertise and assistance, and marketing and promotion of the project.
Review Panelists for 2018 Submissions
Erin Christovale is the Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is also the curator of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George, which has screened both nationally and internationally in spaces such as MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco. Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and baby boy (2017) at Transmission Glasgow. She recently organized the 28th anniversary of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS with Vivian Crockett as part of Visual AIDS’ project, A Day With(Out) Art and Made in L.A. 2018, the Hammer Museum’s biennial showcasing artists from the greater Los Angeles area with Anne Ellegood.
Since 2007, Ciara Ennis has taught and been director and curator of Pitzer College Art Galleries. While there she has curated dozens of exhibitions including Racial Imaginary, a visual art corollary to the book of the same name by MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine, as well as exhibitions by Andrea Bowers, Mark Dion, and Charles Gaines. Last year she co-curated Juan Downey: Radiant Nature (2017) as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time’s far-reaching initiative exploring the relationship between Los Angeles and Latin America. While Downey is primarily known for his post-1975 pioneering video work, this exhibition focused on three early bodies of work: Electronic Sculptures, Happenings & Performances, and Life Cycle installations, made between 1967 and 1974, which had not been seen or experienced for decades. This exhibition was followed by, Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal (2018) for which she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, Ennis has been a panelist/moderator/guest speaker for the American Studies Association, the International Sculpture Conference, the AAMG conference, the California Community Foundation, the Rijksakademie Amsterdam, and most recently, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her curatorial and scholarly practice explores the intersection of art, politics, and activism in contemporary museum and exhibition practice. She has a MA (RCA) from the Royal College of Art in Contemporary Curatorial Practice and a PhD in Cultural Studies/Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Samira Yamin’s work explores the narrativization and representation of war through an interrogation of documentary war photography. Using repetitive, precisely articulated gestures, Yamin dissects, reorganizes, and often obliterates documentary images, resulting in a collision of representation and abstraction and the confusion of objectivity and subjectivity.
Yamin received an MFA from UC Irvine and BAs in Art and Sociology from UCLA. She has had a solo exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions including at LACE, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, The Camera Club of New York, Metropolitan State University in Denver, and San Francisco State University. A recipient of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the California Community Foundation, Yamin has been an Artist in Residence at the Rauschenberg Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Guidelines for Curatorial Proposals
- Applications may be submitted by an individual or curatorial team but 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 PDFs or web links.
- Proposals are limited to a maximum one-page description.
- Label all pages of submission with Last Name, First Name on header.
- The panel may request the submission of additional materials at a later date.
- Curators with artistic practices should not submit their own work.
How to Apply
Complete the brief application form below and submit a maximum one-page description of your project. Visuals may be attached or links to work may be included. Email all submission materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 1, 2018 – Deadline for submissions (Please submit no earlier than October 15)
All applicants will receive an email confirmation that their proposal was received.
March 1, 2019 – Applicants notified via email
January 2020 – Project presented by emerging curator
Support for this program is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Wilhelm Family Foundation.