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Renowned Curator Dan Cameron '79 to Speak, Teach Spring Course at Bennington

Mar 30, 2009

Internationally renowned curator Dan Cameron ‘79 will speak on his latest exhibition, Prospect .1 New Orleans—the largest biennial of contemporary art ever organized in the United States—on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Tishman Auditorium. The event, part of Cameron's ongoing involvement with Bennington this spring, is free and open to the public.

As a special addition to Bennington's curriculum this term, Cameron, director of visual arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and former chief curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, is teaching a course called "A Work in Progress: How an Exhibition is Made." The class, which will include an exhibition of three contemporary artists—Tony Feher, Jason Middlebrook, and Ted Riederer—as well as a four-part symposium, focuses on the ways in which new art is shaped and contextualized by presentation in an exhibition space - in this case, the College's Usdan Gallery.

Over three designated weekends, each invited artist will work with Cameron and the students in developing an installation that reflects their interests in using temporal frameworks. None of the three artists will be informed of what the others will be presenting, a curatorial strategy that, in Cameron's words, "keeps everybody on their toes, including me."

"Since graduating thirty years ago, Bennington College has continued to play an important role in my life, although this is my first experience teaching there," Cameron said. "For that reason, I wanted the exhibition and the seminar to be something special for the community. We are, in effect, turning Usdan into a teaching tool, which is something that more museums and university art galleries' exhibition spaces should consider trying."

The course will culminate with the exhibition's opening on Monday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m in Usdan Gallery. The show will remain open to the public during Usdan's normal operating hours until Saturday, May 2.