MODA Series

Monday, March 4, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Judith Lee Stronach Center

An evening-long symposium, Calle Tomada invites a small group of artists, scholars, and curators to discuss the intersection of the urban landscape, political activism, and cultural production in Latin America. The program comprises presentations from artist and scholar Luis Camnitzer, independent curator Isabela Villanueva, and scholar and independent curator Ana Paula Cohen, as well as a conversation between São Paulo-based art and architecture collective BijaRi and scholar Patricio del Real. The symposium will investigate art's role in galvanizing a "public" in the absence of a public space, in making visible socioeconomic and political precariousness, and in building informal political spaces.

There will be a special viewing of the exhibition Conceptual Geographies: Frames and Documents: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery from 3 to 4 p.m. for those interested in attending prior to the symposium.

Video documentation of the symposium 

Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Judith Lee Stronach Center

Guests Joaquín Barriendos (Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University), Tania Bruguera (Immigrant Movement International), and Coco Fusco (Intermedia Initiatives, Parsons The New School for Design) were invited to present their current research and artistic production in regard to the notion of borderlessness within the contemporary art world. These presentations were followed by a round-table discussion moderated by Deborah Cullen (Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery). Specifically, the speakers were asked to address the question of what global contemporary practice might mean from artistic, scholarly, and curatorial standpoints—in a globalized world, where and how do our critical discourses take shape?

Part of an annual discussion series organized by graduate students in the Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (MODA) program, these events were developed by Carmen Falcioni, Carmen Ferreyra, and Cecelia Thornton-Alson.

Monday, April 9, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
In and Out of the White Cube

5:30 p.m.: Reception
6-7:30 p.m.: Panel discussion: Bridget Donahue, Cleopatra's; Kate Fowle, Independent Curators International (ICI); Liam Gillick, School of Visual Arts, Columbia University

In and Out of the White Cube explores alternatives to conventional exhibition practices and pedagogies in the present day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Framing the Internet

5:30 p.m.: Reception
6 - 7:30 p.m.: Panel discussion: Bettina Funcke, Documenta 13; Alexander Galloway, NYU; Anton Vidokle, e-flux. Moderator: Alexander Alberro, Columbia University

Framing the Internet was conceptualized as an exploration of the ways in which the Internet and digital media have been mobilized as curatorial, artistic and pedagogical platforms. It is not difficult to see how thoroughly these technologies have permeated artistic production and discourse in recent years. To that end, we were pleased to welcome three speakers who have engaged these concerns in productive and innovative ways in their practice.


Exit Strategies is organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Williams as a part of an annual series by graduate students in the MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (MODA) program.

Organized by Kristen Chappa, Tomoko Kanamitsu, and Marley Blue Lewis

A 3-part conversation series, Curating Time will take place over the course of the fall and spring semesters in the Judith Lee Stronach Center. This program will inaugurate an annual series of lectures by contemporary curators organized by graduate students in the Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (MODA) program. This series is open to the Columbia communities of art history, architecture, visual and sonic arts, film, and their guests.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Bill Horrigan, Director of Media Arts, Wexner Center for the Arts

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Nato Thompson, Chief Curator, Creative Time

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 6-7 p.m.
RoseLee Goldberg, Founder and Director of Performa

Curating Time will focus on the challenges in viewership and exhibition practices related to the concept of time. Three prominent curators, Bill Horrigan, Nato Thompson and RoseLee Goldberg, will be joining us to speak about their backgrounds and to give their perspectives on new strategies in curatorial practice, citing examples from their portfolio of past and recent exhibitions. Each conversation series will include a short presentation by the curator, followed by questions and an informal discussion.