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Artist as Curator

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A conversation with James Krone, Scott Reeder, Jessica Stockholder, and Christian Viveros-Fauné, moderated by Jens Hoffmann. By invitation only.

 Installation view,  Picture the Cricket's Legs Apart,  Curated by James Krone, Kavi Gupta | 835 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago

Installation view, Picture the Cricket's Legs Apart, Curated by James Krone, Kavi Gupta | 835 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago


James Krone is a Chicago-born artist based in Berlin. Producing varied bodies of work over the last six years, Krone deals with issues of materiality, ritual, and the proliferation of images throughout the modern world. While distinct from one another, his series all rely on a consistent set of methodologies and draw from the same line of philosophical inquiry – one that considers the object, painting, and the viewer in tandem to the subjective experience and institutional understandings of art history. In addition to his recent solo shows at Kavi Gupta in Chicago, Marie Kirkegaard in Copenhagen, and Night Gallery in Los Angeles, Krone has curated exhibitions at Blackbridge Offspace in Beijing, the 1st Berlin Kreuzberg Biennial, and Galerie im Regierungsviertel and Kavi Gupta in Berlin (co-curated with Marc Leblanc). Krone makes his US curatorial debut this November with Picture the Cricket's Legs Apart at Kavi Gupta Chicago.

Scott Reeder lives and works in Detroit and Chicago, where he teaches at the School of the Art Institute. A multifaceted artist, Reeder is known as a filmmaker, painter, sculptor, and performance artist. Humor is one of the driving conceptual mechanisms in Reeder's work and he has been able to infuse some of art history's most traditional subjects, such as the still life and the portrait, with a seldom seen lightheartedness. Reeder’s first feature film, Moon Dust (2014), set on a failing lunar resort, was recently screened at MCA Chicago in conjunction with his solo show Put the Cat on the Phone at Kavi Gupta. Alongside his artistic practice, Reeder maintains an active curatorial practice in collaboration with his brother Tyson Reeder and his wife Elysia Borowy-Reeder, often under the name Milwaukee International. Their project Club Nutz (2010), a comedy club, television show, and record label, appeared at MCA Chicago and the Frieze Art Fair in London before recently finding a brick-and-mortar home in Chicago. This fall, Scott and Tyson Reeder co-curated Civilization and its Discontents, the SAIC alumni exhibition on occasion of the school’s 150th anniversary.

Jessica Stockholder is an artist and educator based in Chicago. With an approach to art-making that has consistently interrogated the intersection of the pictorial and the physical, Jessica Stockholder’s work has played a crucial role in widening the dialogue between sculpture and painting. Her multimedia apparatuses incorporate the spaces in which they are conceived – works have scaled and transformed everyday objects, covered floors, grown up walls, and even expanded out into the urban landscape. ASSISTED, the group show Stockholder curated at Kavi Gupta alongside her solo show, Door Hinges, follows on two related ventures: her exhibition Table Top Sculpture at Gorney Bravin + Lee in 2003, which featured a selection of work by other artists in the entryway, and The Jewel Thief, which Stockholder curated collaboratively with Ian Berry at the Tang Museum in 2010. Stockholder is currently the Raymond W. & Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at The University of Chicago. Her site-specific work has been unveiled throughout Chicago this fall in three different venues including the Smart Museum of Art, IN/SITU EXPO CHICAGO, and mk The Restaurant.

Christian Viveros-Fauné is a New York-based art critic and curator. In addition to his posts at the Village Voice and artnet News, he has contributed to Art in America, Artnews, ArtReview, The Art Newspaper, Frieze, and The New York Press, for which he was weekly art critic between 1998 and 2003. A collection of his criticism, Greatest Hits: Arte en Nueva York, 2001-2011, was published in Spanish by Metales Pesados, S.A. in 2012. Viveros-Fauné’s curatorial practice has spanned many galleries, museums, and biennials, including Cristin Tierney in New York, the Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago; the Museo de de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; the Centro Atlántico de Arte Contemporáneo, Spain; and the National Gallery of Art, Dublin, Ireland. Viveros-Fauné was awarded a 2010 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and named inaugural Critic-in-Residence at the Bronx Museum for 2010–2011.


Jens Hoffmann is a writer and exhibition-maker based in New York. He serves as Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum in New York and as Senior Curator-at-Large at MOCAD in Detroit. Hoffmann has organized more than 50 shows internationally, including United States of Latin America (2015) at MOCAD (co-curated with Pablo León de la Barra), Other Primary Structures (2014) at the Jewish Museum, the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012) and the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011). Along with artist Harrell Fletcher, Hoffmann organized the Detroit exhibition series People’s Biennial (2009, 2014) which examines the work of creative individuals who operate outside the conventional art world. His background in theater has exerted a great influence on his curatorial practice. In addition to his writing for Parkett, Frieze, and Artforum, among other publications, he is founder of The Exhibitionist: A Journal on Exhibition Making and has been editor-at-large for Mousse since 2011.