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The Warhol Foundation will award $224,000 in Spring 2019 Curatorial Research Fellowships

Fellows will receive grants up to $50,000 to support new contemporary art scholarship

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will award $224,000 in Spring 2019 Curatorial Research Fellowships. Fellows will receive grants up to $50,000 to support new scholarship on contemporary visual art, particularly experimental and under-recognized practices. Research activities include travel, visits to relevant museums, archives and collections, convenings of colleagues and advisory groups as well as the development of related publications. In addition to the Curatorial Research Fellowships, last week, the foundation announced it will award $3.81 million in Spring 2019 grants to visual arts organizations. The foundation’s current grants budget is $14.3 million.

The Spring 2019 Curatorial Research Fellows and supporting institutions are as follows: Peter S. Briggs, Museum of Texas Tech University; Jaime DeSimone, Portland Museum of Art; Polly Nordstrand, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College; Catherine Taft, LAXART; and Olga Viso, El Museo del Barrio.

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

Jaime DeSimone spoke about the fellowship’s impact, “The Warhol Foundation’s support affirms the importance of research in mounting ambitious, international projects and exhibitions…It is an honor to be awarded this curatorial research fellowship, as it demonstrates the value of collaboration, the significance of in-depth curatorial research, and the vision of the PMA’s contemporary art program.”

Olga Viso commented on the fellowship’s significance at this stage in her research, “Thanks to The Warhol Foundation, I am able to return to research I commenced 20 years ago with the acquisition of Elso’s masterwork Por America for the Hirshhorn Museum’s collection.” She continued to say that the fellowship will help “bring greater public understanding of the iconic yet little-known Cuban master.”

The Curatorial Research Fellowship program is in its 11th year; it has awarded $4.6 million to 135 curators to date. Curators at any career stage are encouraged to apply with the formal support of an institution. Recipients are selected through the foundation’s biannual open submission process. The number of awarded fellowships varies with each round based on the strength of applications. The next deadline is September 1, 2019.

Spring 2019 Curatorial Research Fellowships | Project Descriptions

Peter S. Briggs | Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Peter S. Briggs is curating Down in the Dirt: Terry Allen’s Graphic Art, an exhibition and publication of the artist’s lithographs and intaglios in preparation for which he has immersed himself in Allen’s obsessive considerations of border landscapes, temperaments, and class conflicts. His research will take him to locations throughout the Southwest to investigate the context of Allen’s work and to conduct interviews with friends, collaborators, and the artist. Briggs will also work with Chris Taylor, director of the Land Arts of the American West program, and others to organize scholarly symposia.

Jaime DeSimone | Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
In preparation for the 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, Jaime DeSimone will travel extensively in Maine, the Canadian Maritimes, and major cities of Scandinavia in order to conduct studio visits, identifying the themes, ideas, and modes of working that are unique to the region.

Polly Nordstrand | Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
The goal of Polly Nordstrand’s Queer Indigenous Visualities is to provide a corrective to historical considerations of Native American art that have thus far ignored the significant contributions of queer artists. Working with Michelle McGeough from the University of British Columbia and V. Gina Diaz from the University of New Mexico, Nordstrand will study the creativepractices of contemporary Latinx and Indigenous LGBTQIA+ artists. Her research will include two convenings followed by the exhibition and public programs.

Catherine Taft | LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
An early intersectional movement that identified critical connections between gender oppression and the exploitation of natural resources, ecofeminism evolved out of the environmental, feminist and anti-nuclear movements of the early 1980s. It was taken up by politically active contemporary artists at the time, however, it has been conspicuously absent from historical surveys of the period. In preparation for the group exhibition, Life on Earth: Ecofeminist Art Since 1979, Catherine Taft will research overlooked historical works and link them to currents in contemporary practice, effectively establishing a lineage for today’s ecofeminist artists.

Olga Viso | El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Guest curator Olga Viso will be developing a groundbreaking exhibition for El Museo del Barrio, tentatively titled Por America: Juan Francisco Elso in Context, highlighting the work of Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso. Through her research, Viso will explore how Elso’s art dovetailed with that of contemporaries, particularly the better-known Ana Mendieta, whose works were also inspired by personal mysticism, Afro-Cuban ritual traditions, and Amerindian civilizations. In addition, Viso will examine Elso’s and Mendieta’s intersection with other key figures of the 1980s, including Jimmie Durham and Luis Camnitzer, and the vital role the artists played in the development of contemporary Cuban art on and off the island.

ABOUT THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS: In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol’s legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogue raisonné projects. To date, the foundation has given over $200 million in cash grants to over 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide.

More information about the foundation is available at warholfoundation.org.

Header Image: Terry Allen, Nuestra Señora de las Golondrinas (Amen), 1990, with Douglas Kent Hall (lithograph, 30×39 inches; printed at Tamarind Institute)
Photo of Installation at Alabama Contemporary
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The Warhol Foundation Announces Spring 2019 Grants

$3.81 million will be awarded to 41 arts organizations for scholarly exhibitions, publications, and visual arts programming

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced the recipients of its Spring 2019 grant round. $3.81 million will be awarded to 41 arts organizations for scholarly exhibitions, publications, and visual arts programming, including film screenings, artist residencies, and new commissions. The foundation has an open submission process with application deadlines in the spring and fall. This biannual program accounts for $8 million of the foundation’s current fiscal year grants budget which totals $14.3 million. The program is highly competitive; this round of recipients was selected from an applicant pool of 249 nonprofit arts organizations. Individual grants range from $60,000-$120,000. A complete list of recipients follows.

The foundation supports artist-centered organizations with a focus on practices that are experimental, under-recognized, and/or challenging in nature. Current grants will fund projects in 12 US states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The foundation strives to highlight innovative yet often marginalized practitioners working at organizations around the country, including those that operate outside of urban arts centers, such as the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama and M12 in Broomfield, Colorado. Five out of the six monographic exhibitions supported in this grant round feature female artists. In alignment with the foundation’s commitment to freedom of artistic expression, a grant to Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought will support significant research into the impact of the polarized political environment on cultural production.

“The grantees in this round range from small arts organizations with one staff member to major museums, yet they all provide essential resources for artists as well as innovative platforms for critical cultural dialogue. Creative risk-taking is at the heart of this country’s most meaningful social, political, and cultural developments, therefore we are proud to stand behind artist-centered organizations that support experimental practice,” said Joel Wachs, the foundation’s President.

Elizabet Elliott, Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, explained that the foundation’s support will help, “emerging artists find a venue for politically engaged, experimental, and socially conscious work that has no natural home in the commercial art market. The Warhol Foundation is helping us to make a difference in our community by helping artists make a difference in the world.”

Reinforcing the value of the grant for artists and audiences alike, David Oresick, Executive Director of Pittsburgh-based Silver Eye Center for Photography, said, “because of the Warhol Foundation our artists will realize new works and take creative risks, and our audience will be able to engage deeply and meaningfully with new ideas in photography.”

Spring 2019 Grant Recipients | Support for Single Exhibitions

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, “Barbara Kruger: Rethink. Remake. Replay,” $100,000
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, “Lorraine O’Grady, Both/And,” $100,000
  • Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Miami, FL, “”Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art in the Creole City,” $80,000
  • New Museum, New York, NY, “”Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” $100,000
  • The Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, “Telling Stories” and “Platform: Tomashi Jackson,” $100,000
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, “”Moira Dryer: Back in Business,” $75,000
  • The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, “Arctic/Amazon,” $100,000
  • The Queens Museum, Queens, NY, “Property and Life,” $75,000
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, “Dawoud Bey: An American Project,” $100,000
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, Julie Mehretu exhibition, $100,000

Spring 2019 Grant Recipients | Program Support

  • Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, AL, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, $90,000 (over 2 years)
  • Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA, $60,000 (over 2 years)
  • Art21, New York, NY, $100,000
  • Beall Center for Art and Technology / University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Bidoun Projects, Brooklyn, NY, $75,000 (over 2 years)
  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts / Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Center for Independent Documentary, Boston, MA, Shirley Clarke documentary, $100,000
  • The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Culver City, CA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Clockshop, Los Angeles, CA, $60,000 (over 2 years)
  • Coleman Center for the Arts, York, AL, $80,000 (over 2 years)
  • Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, New York, NY $95,000
  • Denniston Hill, Glen Wild, NY, $80,000 (over 2 years)
  • The Drawing Center, New York, $120,000 (over 2 years)
  • Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, $60,000 (over 2 years)
  • The Lab, San Francisco, CA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Light Work, Syracuse, NY, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY $120,000 (over 2 years)
  • M12, Broomfield, CO, $60,000 (over 2 years)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • New Orleans Film Society, New Orleans, LA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City, OK, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Participant Inc., New York, NY, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Performa, New York, NY, $100,000
  • Printed Matter, New York, NY $120,000 (over 2 years)
  • Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • The USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Tampa, FL, $100,000 (over 2 years)
  • The Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, CA, $60,000 (over 2 years)

ABOUT THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS: In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol’s legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogue raisonné projects. To date, the foundation has given over $200 million in cash grants to over 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide.

More information about the foundation is available at warholfoundation.org.

Header Image: Gallery view of Urban Wild: Folk and Street Art in the South on view at Alabama Contemporary until October 26, 2019. Exhibition features the work of 38 artists, 6 site-specific installations and 3 satellite murals. Image features work by Michi Meko, Poppy Garcia, and Chad Burton Johnson. Courtesy Alabama Contemporary.