The Bahamas Pavilion at the la Biennale di Venezia


Very happy to be part of the incredible team on this project!

A conversation on Weil, ACT UP, and harm reduction


A nice recap of my talk and conversation with Patrick Moore and Ric Curtis on Miranda.

Chris Kraus at the ICA!


Brian Weil’s work and methodology have an uncanny resonance with Chris Kraus’s potent How to Shoot a Crime (1987). Come hear us talk about sex, death, real estate, and New York in the 80s.

stills, Chris Kraus, How to Shoot a Crime, 1987 (photo by Nic Amato)

Call for Proposals: Monument to Cold War Victory


Artist Yevgeniy Fiks and I are excited to launch a call for proposals for this competition and exhibition project, Monument to Cold War Victory. Also shareable here on eflux.

The Committee for Tacit History is issuing a call for proposals for a Monument to Cold War Victory, an open-call competition for a public monument commemorating the outcome of the Cold War. Artists from around the world are encouraged to submit proposals by November 1, 2012.


In progress: Brian Weil exhibition for the ICA Philadelphia


Currently absorbed in research for this show, a long-overdue retrospective of the photography of the late Brian Weil (1954-1996). It’s regularly bringing me to the sunny Sonoran Desert.












Brian Weil

February 1 – April 1, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania


A part of my essay, “Speaking Democracy: Carlos Motta’s The Good Life” has been published in xtine burrough’s new media design text Net Works, published by Routledge and out now!

Speaking with artist Rainer Prohaska at Austrian Cultural Forum, tomorrow, November 2nd


Rainer and I will be talking about his practice, which involves building cars, marathon preparation of food, and other fun stuff.


11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY


Talk at MACBA, Barcelona, October 7


I’m giving a presentation in collaboration with the Barcelona-based artist Lola Lasurt for the 3rd edition of the project Se Busca sponsored by the organization La Pinta and the Institut Ramon Llull. It’s an interesting initiative to match up curators with resident Hangar artists, and so far the process has been truly unique.

Yevgeniy Fiks solo exhibition open at Tyler School of Art


The solo show I curated,  Yevgeniy Fiks: Communist Conspiracy in Art Threatens American Museums, is open through November 8 at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. The opening is September 24th.

Young Curators, New Ideas III at P.P.O.W


My micro exhibition, Quantum Limbo, is included in this year’s Young Curators, New Ideas show at PPOW. It already got a nice mention on the Sundance Channel blog.

mr. & mrs. amani olu (formerly amani olu projects), in conjunction with P·P·O·W, is pleased to present Young Curators, New Ideas III, an experimental exhibition that investigates current positions in contemporary art through the perspective of six curators. Exhibiting curators include Andrew Russeth & Liza Buzytsky, Erin Dziedzic, Kate Greenberg & Hilary Schaffner, Stamatina Gregory, Gabriella Hiatt, and James Shaeffer. These multifaceted and dynamic micro-exhibitions consider contemporary issues that exist at the intersection of curatorial practice and artistic production.

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, a theory of quantum mechanics, claims that there are features of the world that cannot simultaneously be quantified. One can’t measure, for instance, both the speed and position of a particle, or a planet: the knowledge of one blurs the value of the other, and the observed becomes part of an observed system. Quantum Limbo, curated by Stamatina Gregory, brings together two artists, Julia Oldham and Brian Clifton, who have independently explored this principle through their work, in both literal and metaphoric engagements with the meanings and measurements of physics. Their practices share a ruthless, yet eloquent appropriation of a scientific rubric in order to investigate contemporary structures of meaning from both within and without the art world.

P·P·O·W 511 West 25th Street, Room 301, New York NY 10001 Summer Hours M-F, 10-5pm

I’m speaking at Tyler School of Art on the 6th


and doing crits with some of the MFA students, whose work looks really promising!

Participant photos up at


and Brent Burket was kind enough to point me out. Thanks!

I sat with Marina twice, but seem way more relaxed and blissed-out in this photo than the one before. I think I was picking up on Marina’s mood – her pain seemed less tangible this time. I’m working on a little piece on the project: details shortly.

My little piece on Devon Dikeou’s “Reserved for Leo Castelli”


… is on the Art in America homepage! Here’s the permalink.

Biennial panel on artforum diary


Michael Wilson covered the Armory panel “The World is Not Enough: The Future of Biennials” . I’m glad someone saw the effort to bring discursive value to the fair as somewhat successful. Spot-on with several hilarious asides – and he accurately identifies my dodged talking points on the “local.”

Open Forum at The Armory Show


I organized the panel program for the Armory and for VoltaNY – you can check out the full listing here.

I’ll also be live-tweeting them (as best I can) under #openforum.

new essay in forthcoming Maira Kalman book


My essay on Maira Kalman’s New York Times blogs will be published in Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World), co-published by Prestel and the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.