Fionn Meade: The Broken Atlas

Curator and writer Fionn Meade will talk about his curatorial practice
and introduce three concepts arising from research done at the close
of the 19th century by cultural thinkers involved in developing new
applications within quickly expanding fields, specifically
anthropologist Franz Boas’ “secondary rationalization,” art historian
Aby Warburg’s “pathosformel,” and sociologist Gabriel Tarde’s
“quantification.” By thinking through these concepts together, Meade
will consider their shared traits as partial, even symptomatic
methods, and how their insights question presumed trajectories of
modernity, and might yet be relevant. Meade will consider these
concepts in relation to recent exhibitions Time Again, Nachleben, and

Fionn Meade is a writer and curator based in New York. He is currently
a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College,
and in the MFA program for Visual Arts, Columbia University. Recent
and upcoming exhibitions include The Assistants at David Kordansky
Gallery, and Plaisance, at Midway Contemporary Art. He has previously
been a curator at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, and SculptureCenter,
NY, where exhibitions included Scene, Hold, Ballast, with David
Maljkovic and Lucy Skaer, and the exhibitions Time Again and Knight’s
Move, a survey of new sculpture in New York.

Additional recent
exhibitions include Leopards in the Temple and Nachleben, co-organized
with Lucy Raven at Goethe Institut, NY, which engaged Aby Warburg's
thinking, and After Images at the Jewish Museum of Belgium. He has
worked with Tom Eccles on Rachel Harrison: Consider the Lobster and
From 199A to 199B : Liam Gillick, and with Maria Lind on The
Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art at the
Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries. His writing appears in
Artforum, Bomb, Bidoun, The Fillip Review, Mousse, Modern Painters,
Parkett, and Spike Quarterly, among other publications. He was the
recipient of an Arts Writer Grant from Creative Capital and the Andy
Warhol Foundation. Recent and forthcoming catalog writing includes
essays on Nina Canell and Laure Prouvost, as well as Uri Aran and Elad
Lassry for the Kunsthalle Zürich (JRP/Ringier), and Mark Morrisroe for
the Fotomuseum Winterthur (JRP/Ringier).

21.5. 2013

Dittrichova 9/337, Praha 2


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