The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will award six Spring 2018 Curatorial Research Fellowships to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary art. Recipients will receive grants up to $50,000 each for a total of $295,000 to support travel, archival research, convenings, interviews, and other related activities. Applications are reviewed through the Foundation’s open biannual submission process. Curators at any stage in their careers are eligible to apply with the formal support of an institution. The number of awarded fellowships varies with each round based on the strength of applications. The next application deadline is September 1, 2018.
Visit the Curatorial Research Fellowships page to learn more about the curators. Grant overview and guidelines are available here.
2018 Curatorial Research Fellowships | Project Descriptions
Emma Chubb | Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Chubb is preparing for a mid-career retrospective for Younès Rahmoun, his first solo show in North America, which will include a residency on the Smith College campus. She will organize a two-day international conference with scholars, curators and artists and make several trips to Morocco to research the cultural context in which the artist works. The exhibition will deal with issues of migration, climate change, decolonization, and spirituality.
Eric Crosby | Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Planned for 2020, Working Thought will be a multigenerational group exhibition of 30 artists conceived of and curated by Crosby that will take on issues of economic inequality in America. Crosby will undertake extensive exploratory travel around the United States, mindful that economic conditions that impact the thinking and output of artists vary regionally.
Perrin Lathrop | Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, TN
Pegged to the 60th anniversary of Africa’s independence decade in 2020 Art from Africa of Our Time: Modern African Art and the Harmon Foundation will examine the pioneering promotion of modern African art and artists by Evelyn S. Brown and Mary Beattie Brady, who led the foundation until it closed in 1967 and gifted its collection to Hampton and Fisk Universities.
Kate MacKay | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Berkeley, CA
MacKay will engage in broad ranging research into the international evolution of resistance filmmaking. She will forge significant connections with colleagues at archives in Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, and Havana, which will be invaluable to both the research and development of the resulting film series and future exhibitions at BAMPFA.
Pavel Pyś | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Challenging the dominant narrative of post-war abstraction as an inherently Western phenomenon, Pyś is planning a 2020 exhibition that will examine how the ideological poles that shaped and informed abstraction from 1945 through the 1970s manifested in Lahore, Baghdad, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, and other centers not traditionally considered in canonical art history.
Haema Sivanesan | Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Sivanesan will explore the Engaged Buddhism movement in North America from the 1950s to the present to examine the relationships between art and practices of self-awareness, and how those relationships inform processes of social change. She will bring together artists, scholars, Engaged Buddhist practitioners, and others for a three-day retreat and conference culminating in an exhibition slated for 2021, In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice.