CHRISTINE Y. KIM

Advisor

Christine Y. Kim is co-curator of James Turrell: A Retrospective (May 26, 2013 – April 6, 2014) with LACMA Director & CEO Michael Govan. She has been Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA since 2009 and organized several exhibitions and projects, including Teresa Margolles, an outdoor sculpture project in collaboration with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) a non-profit organization for public art which she co-founded in 2009. Prior to her post at LACMA, Kim was Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, where worked from 2000 to 2008, where she organized numerous solo and group exhibitions such as Flow (2008), Meschac Gaba: Tresses (2005), and Black Belt (2003), Frequency (2005) and Freestyle (2001). Recent freelance projects include Art Public 2011 and Art Public 2012 at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, for Art Basel Miami Beach.

Kim received a B.A. with a dual degree in Art History and French and a minor in Asian Studies from Connecticut College in 1993 and an interdisciplinary M.A. in Critical Theory and American Studies from New York University in 1998. In 2009 Kim won the New Leadership Award from ArtTable, and has received individual grants from the Japan Foundation (2011), Cultural Services of the French Embassy (2007), The American Center Foundation (2002), and the Turkish Cultural Institute (1999).

CHRISTY GAST

Advisor

Sculptor and video artist Christy Gast is known for conflating the landscape and the body (often her own) through folk performance conventions. For past projects, Gast has tap danced around Lake Okeechobee, performed as a mermaid on trapeze and a cowgirl with an inflatable desert, and written and recorded a cappella folk ballads about women in the military. Deeply engaged in the role of landscape in both art history and politics, most of the artist’s large-scale projects start with the notion of “public land,” in both practical and romantic senses. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally, including MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Performa, Artist’s Space and Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York; the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia; Miami Art Museum, the de la Cruz Collection, Gallery Diet, Casa Lin, and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and High Desert Test Sites in California, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile.

RASHID JOHNSON

Advisor

Rashid Johnson (American, b.1977) is a sculptor and photographer who works in a wide range of everyday materials, including wax, wood, steel, brass, shea butter, ceramic tile, and such found objects as books, records, VHS tapes, live plants, and CB radios. He finds inspiration in the work of a diverse group of visual artists, actors, musicians, writers, activists, and philosophers, including Carl Andre , Joseph Beuys, Eldrige Cleaver, Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, David Hammons, Kasimir Malevich, Parliament Funkadelic, and Sun Ra. Often identified with the post-black art movement, Johnson’s work engages questions of personal, racial, and cultural identity, producing a unique synthesis of historical and material references that are grounded in African American and art history while expanding into questions of mysticism and cosmology.

Johnson was included in the landmark 2001 exhibition Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem, an exhibition of 28 important young African American artists curated by Thelma Golden. The following year, he had his first solo museum exhibition, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Since that time, he has had solo shows at Sculpture Center, New York; the Memphis PowerHouse; and the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany. His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington D.C.; the Institute of Contemporary Photography, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, among others.