Join us for a lecture by Kate Fowle, chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI). Founded in 2008, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art was one of the new wave of institutions established since the turn of the millennium in (re)emerging art centers around the world. As the first philanthropic venture in Russia to construct a comprehensive mandate for a contemporary art museum, questions of sustainability have correlated with responding to the shifting social, political, and cultural context of the country.
Having welcomed over 2 million visitors since 2015—when Garage moved to its first permanent home—the Museum has become integral to Moscow’s creative life. Now, in preparation for the 10th anniversary, attentions are turning to the future. As a contemporary institution in an evolving, young culture—one that is not beholden to either the nineteenth- or twentieth-century museum models—the question is what imaginaries will support the advancement of a reflexive museum that can critically contribute to twenty-first-century society?
Kate Fowle is chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. From 2009-13, she was the executive director of ICI. Previously, she was the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08) and chair of the Master's Program in Curatorial Practice, which she co-founded in 2002 for California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Before moving to the United States, Fowle was co-director of Smith + Fowle in London. From 1994-96, she was curator at the Towner Art Gallery and Museum in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Fowle's recent curatorial projects include solo exhibitions with David Adjaye, John Baldessari, Urs Fischer, Rashid Johnson, Irina Korina, Robert Longo, Taryn Simon, and Rirkrit Tirivanija, as well as extended essays on Rasheed Araeen, Doug Aitken, Louise Bourgeois, Ilya Kabakov, Sterling Ruby, Qiu Zhijie, and Althea Thauberger. She has also written on curating and exhibition histories for numerous publications and magazines, including Garage, Open Editions/de Appel, Parkett, Modern Painters, Mousse, Art in America, Manifesta Journal, the Exhibitionist, and Frieze.