Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Britt's Got The Dirt

Beyond continuing to do “what we do well” — serving as a “platform for experimental curatorial ideas” [not really] [scratch that, Urs Fischer rocked.] and presenting emerging artists’ first solo museum shows and midcareer artists’ first museum surveys [very true, and put to good use] — Schmuckli said she hopes to reinvigorate Blaffer’s role as “a laboratory of ideas.” [ahem... that would be 'invigorate']

That could include:

Breaking up the schedule.

• Using one of the second-floor galleries as a project space for small, edgy shows “that may be fantastic but don’t necessarily require a full-flung curatorial perspective.” Starting as early as 2010, these projects would have shorter runs than those for Blaffer’s standard spring and fall shows.

Guest curators.

• Expanding the pool of curators Blaffer works with and inviting artists to curate exhibitions.

Gettin' that Mitchell moneeey.

• Increasing collaboration with UH’s interdisciplinary Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts “to create programs that are not necessarily tied to specific exhibitions or curricula.”

Getting more grants.

• Expanding the reach and visibility of ArtFocus, Blaffer’s educational outreach program that emphasizes mentorship and collaboration.

...this part seems odd... why make a big deal out of Drutt?

Schmuckli is married to Matthew Drutt, executive director of Artpace San Antonio, a contemporary-art foundation known for its residency and exhibition program. Rose said the search committee “questioned her carefully about that, but we feel assured that she can carry out the duties that she needs to do with regard to the Blaffer without that being a conflict with the kind of work he does.”

what about a new building, yo?