ABOUT VCI & THE CURATORS
In early 2018, The Galleries at Moore announced a new initiative that highlights the talents of guest curators from outside of the Philadelphia region, who will program exhibitions for the fall seasons of 2019, 2020, and 2021.
This Visiting Curators Initiative (VCI) focuses on engaging new artistic input from curators who will bring their visions to The Galleries at Moore, a hub for contemporary art and creative exploration in the heart of Philadelphia. To date, three curators: Mia Locks, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kalia Brooks Nelson, a New York-based curator and educator; and Charlotta Kotik, an independent curator based in Brooklyn have agreed to participate in the initiative.
“We believe that bringing a fresh curatorial perspective each year will not only help grow our reputation as an incubator for contemporary thinking, but will also provide a unique and creative opportunity for curators to experiment in a new environment full of collaborative possibilities,” said Gabrielle Lavin Suzenski, Rochelle F. Levy Director, The Galleries at Moore. “We look forward to our curator colleagues’ exhibitions providing a meaningful learning experience for our students and an important artistic experience for the larger community.”
Mia Locks’ show Or Both was the first in the series. Conceived as an experimental two-part exhibition, it included a solo presentation of work by Ulrike Müller alongside a group show of works by Martin Beck, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Jennie C. Jones, Eric N. Mack, Medrie MacPhee, Dona Nelson, and Deborah Remington. Moving in and out of painting, Müller employs a range of materials, techniques, and image formats including drawing, enamel on steel, collage, monotype, and woven wool rugs. Taking Müller's practice as a point of departure, the group show is organized around compositional strategies and methods of decision making rather than around a shared subject matter or theme, opening up new possibilities for reading artworks together that might not seem immediately connected.
"Or Both hinges on a desire to occupy multiple positions at once. It is both a solo show and a group show simultaneously. Rather than assume one format, this exhibition considers how these two formats might fold inward onto one another instead. Can a single exhibition hold both, do both, be both? What kinds of thinking might such an arrangement yield." – Locks