Curating at the Edge
Author: Kate Bonansinga
Hardcover and Paperback versions: 296 pages, 114 illustrations
Publisher: University of Texas Press, January 2014
List Price: 55.00 (harcover); 24.95 (softcover)
Located less than a mile from Juárez, the Stanlee and GeraldRubin Center for Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso is a non-collecting institution that serves the Paso del Norte region. In Curating at the Edge, Kate Bonansinga brings to life her experiences as the Rubin’s founding director, giving voice to a curatorial approach that reaches far beyond the limited scope of “border art” or Chicano art. Instead, Bonansinga captures the creative climate of 2004–2011, when contemporary art addressed broad notions of destruction and transformation, irony and subversion, gender andidentity, and the impact of location on politics.
The Rubin’s location in the Chihuahuan Desert on the U.S./Mexican border is meaningful and intriguing to many artists, and, consequently, Curating at the Edge describes the multiple artistic perspectives conveyed in the place-based exhibitions Bonansinga oversaw. Exciting mid-career artists featured in this collection of case studies include Margarita Cabrera, Liz Cohen, and Marcos Ramírez ERRE. Recalling her experiences in vivid, first-person scenes, Bonansinga reveals the processes a contemporary art curator undertakes and the challenges she faced by describing a few of the more than sixty exhibitions that she organized during her tenure at the Rubin.