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Olga Viso. Courtesy of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Olga Viso. Courtesy of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Warhol Foundation Announces Curatorial Research Fellows

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has named its spring 2019 curatorial research fellows. Five arts professionals—Peter S. Briggs, Jaime DeSimone, Polly Nordstrand, Catherine Taft, and Olga Viso—will receive grants of up to $50,000 in support of new scholarship on contemporary visual art. The news comes on the heels of the organization’s announcement that it will award $3.81 million in grants to visual arts organizations.

“Each of these curators will explore important, previously unexamined work by experimental artists and forgotten movements,” said Joel Wachs, the foundation’s president. “Their projects will introduce new perspectives and approaches to exhibition making while also influencing the field of contemporary art scholarship.”

The Curatorial Research Fellowship program, which is in its eleventh year, has awarded $4.6 million to 135 curators since its inception. Curators at any stage in their careers are encouraged to apply with the formal support of an institution. The deadline for the next round of applicants is September 1.

The spring 2019 cohort will use the grant money to prepare the following projects:

Peter S. Briggs | Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock
“Down in the Dirt: Terry Allen’s Graphic Art,” an exhibition and publication on the artist’s lithographs and intaglios

Jaime DeSimone | Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
2021 North Atlantic Triennial (working title), a collaborative project of the Portland Museum of Art, the Reykjavik Art Museum, and the Bildmuseet in Umea, Sweden

Polly Nordstrand | Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
“Queer Indigenous Visualities,” an exhibition that aims to provide a corrective to historical considerations of Native American art that have ignored the contributions of queer artists

Catherine Taft | LAXART, Los Angeles
“Life on Earth: Ecofeminist Art Since 1979,” a group exhibition that revisits critical connections between gender oppression and the exploitation of natural resources

Olga Viso | El Museo del Barrio, New York
“Por America: Juan Francisco Elso in Context,” an exhibition highlighting the work of Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso; his contemporaries Ana Mendieta, Jimmie Durham, and Luis Camnitzer; and the role they played in the development of Cuban art