João Ribas, The Belated Owl – Curating and the Contemporary

On May 11th in Houston, a lecture by João Ribas: “The Belated Owl – Curating and the Contemporary.” 


The past two decades have seen the field of curating beginning to historicize itself. The ongoing ´historiography of curating´ has at its core a particular attention to the role that exhibitions have played in the history of art. Yet what are the conditions of curating contemporary art—the temporality it inhabits and its role in the ongoing debate on how it is being symbolized and historicized? To what historical or epistemic criteria can the curatorial care of the present be indexed to? If contemporary art can be said to have a history beyond the speculative accumulation of present objects, do exhibitions produce a history and memory for the contemporary?