03 April 2013

2013 AICA-USA AWARDS at the New York Asia Society

Nayland Blake and presenter Martha Wilson look on as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts curator Betti-Sue Hertz speaks about organizing Nayland Blake: FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX!, which won best show in a non-profit or alternative space.

Lynn Gumpert and co-curator Susan Harris won for Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore, second place in the University Gallery show category.

Art of the Scent curator Chandler Burr looks on while Diller Scofidio + Renfro designer Kumar Atre describes working with Burr to create a visual framework for understanding an aroma-based art form. 

MoMA PS1 curator Christopher Y. Lew's Jack Smith: Normal Love received the first place award for Best Digital, Film, Performance, or Video Exhibit.

Curator Milly Glimcher talks about the challenges of organizing more than 300 art objects into a coherent whole for Happenings: New York, 1958-1963, first place winner in the New York Gallery Show category.

Hirshhorn Museum assistant curator Mika Yoshitake won second place in the Best National Gallery category for Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-Ha, which opened at Blum and Poe in Los Angeles before traveling to the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York.

Mary Leigh Cherry represented the Los Angeles gallery Cherry & Martin on the podium for their first place award in the National Gallery Show category.  Photography into Sculpture, which was based on a 1970 exhibition at MoMA organized by Peter Bunnell, was part of the Pacific Standard Time Initiative.

AICA_USA President Christopher French and cultural journalist Linda Yablonsky exchange stories about their formative circus experiences as Yablonsky takes her turn as awards presenter.

Yablonsky thanks Los Angeles County Museum of Art chief curator Stephanie Barron for all of the trips to LA covering Barron's shows generated.  Barron's Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective was the second place winner for Best Monographic National Museum Exhibit.  This is Barron's third AICA-USA award.

Dana Miller worked 10 years on Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, which won first place in the Monographic Museum Exhibit category.  The exhibition opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is now on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art through June 2.

Curators Catherine Morris and Vincent Bonin, working for the Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, organized Materializing 'Six Years': Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, which won first place in the Best New York Thematic Exhibit category.

Curator Kellie Jones speaks about Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, which she organized for the Hammer Museum as part of the Pacific Standard Time Initiative.  Now Dig This! was voted Best Thematic Exhibit Nationally.  The exhibition, which traveled to MoMA PS1, can next be seen at William College Museum of Art, July 20-December 1.


Metropolitan Museum curator Keith Christiansen receives the second place award for The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini, which he organized with Berlin Gemäldegalerie curator Stefan Weppelman.

AICA-USA members presented a special award to the Getty for their 2011 Pacific Standard Time Initiative, which funded and stimulated the development of a panoramic network of exhibitions in Southern California museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. This sprawling 2011 group portrait documented and reclaimed the little-known history of the artists who worked and lived in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Region, illuminating the pivotal role they played in shaping the ethos and aesthetics of postwar California and contemporary art and design in the United States.  Getty Foundation Deputy Director Joan Weinstein describes the project as Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director, Getty Research Institute, and Rani Singh Senior Research Associate at the Getty Research Institute, look on.  PST continues this spring and summer with the Getty exhibition Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA.

Headquartered in New York, AICA-USA's membership comprises over 400 critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States.