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Feb 15, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3pm
Please RSVP for this free event at: rsvp@laxart.org
All the Difference in the World Inside a White Cube
In a recent conversation, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, the artist and founder of El Museo del Barrio in New York, said that, at the time the Museo was founded, he thought all of its exhibitions should start with a rainforest. In her presentation at LA><ART, Chus Martínez will consider interpretations into this vision of the rainforest as the preface to every exhibition. For Martínez, Ortiz’s rainforest—as a principle that in its complete otherness and expansive life force defies the notion of a container—introduces what is a novel element to discussions around the politics of the white cube.  
Born in Ponteceso, Spain, Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. Prior to her newly appointed position as Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland, she was Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York, and dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008–11), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08), and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05). For the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus, and in 2008 she served as a Curatorial Advisor for the Carnegie International and in 2010 for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo.
Chus Martínez’s presentation at LA><ART is part of the touring Curator’s Perspective––a free, itinerant public discussion series ICI developed as a way for international curators to share their research and experiences. The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund.
This event is organized in collaboration with ICI, LACMA and LA><ART. 
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