The Reflexive Museum, lecture by Kate Fowle

Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Monday 30. July 2018, at 20,00

Founded in 2008, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art was one of the new wave of institutions established after the turn of the millennium in (re)emerging art centers around the world. As the first philanthropic venture in Russia to construct a comprehensive mandate for a contemporary art museum, Garage has evolved through responding to the shifting social, political, and cultural context of the country. Now, while 10th anniversary celebrations are underway, attentions are turning to the future. As a contemporary institution the question is what imaginaries will support the advancement of a reflexive museum that can critically contribute to twenty-first-century society?

Kate Fowle is chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. From 2009-13 she was the executive director of ICI. Previously she was the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08) and chair of the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice, which she co-founded in 2002 for California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Before moving to the United States Fowle was co-director of Smith + Fowle in London. From 1994-96 she was curator at the Towner Art Gallery and Museum in Eastbourne, East Sussex.