Each academic year, S.M.A.K., Ghent University, and Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium School of Arts co-organise the Curatorial Lectures series presented by renowned curatorial practitioners in relation to a specific theme. Following ‘Working with Artists’ (2017-18), this year's series revolves around ‘Learning from Artists’ (2018-19).
Curatorial Lectures is a lecture series co-organised by S.M.A.K. and the Curatorial Studies postgraduate programme at KASK & Conservatorium in Ghent, Belgium.
Anthony Huberman is director and chief curator of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, and founding director of The Artist's Institute in New York.
"The Wattis Institute's mission statement is written in the form of a question: 'What and how can we learn from artists today?' While we all learn from artists in countless ways -- whether we are curators, exhibition visitors, or even patrons -- what could it mean for an institution to learn from artists? What might that look like? Many institutions are founded and/or run by artists, and all institutions like to say that they support artists, but it’s something different to say that an institution learns from artists. This lecture introduces what this means for me, for the Wattis Institute, and what it might mean more generally."