Warhol Foundation Will Award Six Spring 2018 Curatorial Research Fellowships

Grants Up To $50,000 Will Support New Contemporary Art Scholarship

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will award six Spring 2018 Curatorial Research Fellowships to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary art. Recipients will receive grants up to $50,000 each for a total of $295,000 to support travel, archival research, convenings, interviews, and other related activities. Applications are reviewed through the Foundation’s open biannual submission process. Curators at any stage in their careers are eligible to apply with the formal support of an institution. The number of awarded fellowships varies with each round based on  the strength of applications. The next application deadline is September 1, 2018. The Foundation’s current annual grants budget is $13.9 million.

The Spring 2018 Curatorial Research Fellows are Emma Chubb with Smith College Museum of Art; Eric Crosby with The Carnegie Museum of Art; Perrin Lathrop with Fisk University Galleries; Kate MacKay with Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA); Pavel Pyś with The Walker Art Center; and Haema Sivanesan with Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. In alignment with the Foundation’s values, the proposed projects explore new approaches to contemporary art scholarship, research challenging practices, and highlight under-recognized artists and movements.

Joel Wachs, President of the Foundation, said, “These six curators are engaging with urgent cultural issues including income inequality, how we represent resistance, and how dominant narratives are shaped, and most importantly, by whom. We’re confident this research will lead to significant contemporary art scholarship.”

Haema Sivanesan spoke about the fellowship’s impact, “The Fellowship will allow me to pursue a research project centered on artistic process and methodology in the context of avant garde and engaged art practice.” She continued, “This Fellowship assists in advancing the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s goal to further advocate for the civic relevance of the contemporary visual arts.”

Eric Crosby also reflected on the award, “The fellowship is nothing less than a transformative boost in the early stages of my exhibition research at Carnegie Museum of Art.” “It will also provide the necessary resources to engage a new network of artists, curators, writers, and thinkers from around the country right here in Pittsburgh,” he added.

2018 Curatorial Research Fellowships | Project Descriptions:

Emma Chubb | Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Chubb is preparing for a mid-career retrospective for Younès Rahmoun, his first solo show in North America, which will include a residency on the Smith College campus. She will organize a two-day international conference with scholars, curators and artists and make several trips to Morocco to research the cultural context in which the artist works. The exhibition will deal with issues of migration, climate change, decolonization, and spirituality.

Eric Crosby | Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Planned for 2020, Working Thought will be a multigenerational group exhibition of 30 artists conceived of and curated by Crosby that will take on issues of economic inequality in America. Crosby will undertake extensive exploratory travel around the United States, mindful that economic conditions that impact the thinking and output of artists vary regionally.

Perrin Lathrop | Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, TN
In Fall 2020, Fisk University Galleries in Nashville, Tennessee will open Art from Africa of Our Time: African Modernism in America, 1947-1967, the first major exhibition to examine the New York-based Harmon Foundation’s promotion of modern African art during the age of decolonization, the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War

Kate MacKay | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA),  Berkeley, CA
MacKay will engage in broad ranging research into the international evolution of resistance filmmaking. She will forge significant connections with colleagues at archives in Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, and Havana, which will be invaluable to both the research and development of the resulting film series and future exhibitions at BAMPFA.

Pavel Pyś | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Challenging the dominant narrative of post-war abstraction as an inherently Western phenomenon, Pyś is planning a 2020 exhibition that will examine how the ideological poles that shaped and informed abstraction from 1945 through the 1970s manifested in Lahore, Baghdad, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, and other centers not traditionally considered in canonical art history.

Haema Sivanesan | Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Sivanesan will explore the Engaged Buddhism movement in North America from the 1950s to the present to examine the relationships between art and practices of self-awareness, and how those relationships inform processes of social change. She will bring together artists, scholars, Engaged Buddhist practitioners, and others for a three-day retreat and conference culminating in an exhibition slated for 2021, In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice.

The Curatorial Research Fellowship Program is in its 10th year and has awarded 105 curators with $3.5 million to date. Many supported projects have led to significant exhibitions, many of which received additional Foundation support, such as Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curated by Apsara DiQuinzio; Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia at the Spencer Museum curated by Kris Imants Ercums; and Un|Fixed Homeland at the Aljira Contemporary Art Center curated by Grace Aneiza Ali.

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 catalogues raisonnés 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

Header Image: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2016. View from Oxford and Addison Streets with outdoor screen. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro; EHDD; and UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).