LAXART curator among nominees for Independent Curators award

[This post has been corrected.]

The nominees for the Independent Vision Curatorial Award were announced recently and they include Cesar Garcia, a former senior curator at LAXART in Los Angeles.

The biennial award recognizes emerging and mid-career curators from around the world for a recently curated project or exhibition. Independent Curators International, a nonprofit group in New York that produces art events, is the organizer of the award.

A winner from among the 15 nominees will be selected by Hans Ulrich Obrist of London’s Serpentine Gallery. The prize includes a $4,000 stipend.

This year’s nominees were chosen by a 15-member panel that included Franklin Sirmans, the chief curator of contemporary art at the L.A. County Museum of Art.


[Updated 1:10 p.m.]: Garcia’s nomination cited his work on the Mistake Room as well as his work on the 13th International Cairo Biennale. The Mistake Room was an art space that ran in conjunction with LAXART, but Garcia said in an e-mail that he is developing a new version: “It is a new independent project that I am launching in 2013 that will focus on working with artists living and working outside the U.S. and Europe. It will be a flexible international hub that will bring artists from abroad to Los Angeles in various contexts in order to increase awareness to our city of burgeoning art centers in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. “

Garcia is based in L.A. and Mexico City. Most recently Garcia was one of the curators of the Hammer biennial, “Made in L.A,” a joint effort between the museum and LAXART.

Other U.S.-based nominees include Jay Sanders, curator of performing arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and Astria Suparak, director and curator at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh.

The full list of nominees has been published by GalleristNY.

[Updated: A previous version of this post said that Garcia is a curator at LAXART. Garcia said that he has left the art space.]


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