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Colleagues and Friends: Performance Art

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Join us for our Colleagues and Friends: Performance Art breakfast, featuring Lumi Tan, Curator at The Kitchen with Kate Werble, Director, Kate Werble Gallery, and writer and curator Laura McLean-Ferris, Adjunct Curator, Swiss Institute. They will speak about their careers and experiences producing performance work, writing about performance art, and representing performance artists. 



Lumi Tan is currently Curator at The Kitchen, where she organizes exhibitions and produces performances with artists across disciplines and generations. Recent exhibitions include Sam Falls with Hart of Gold and Oldd News: September Spring; Anicka Yi: You Can Call Me F; the group exhibition No entrance, no exit, and Dahn Vo and Xiu Xiu: Metal. Prior exhibitions and projects at The Kitchen include those with Liz Magic Laser, Boru O'Brien O'Connell, Luke Stettner, Gretchen Bender, Chantal Akerman. Before coming to The Kitchen, Tan was Guest Curator at the FRAC Nord Pas-de-Calais in Dunkerque, France; Director at Zach Feuer Gallery, New York; and Curatorial Assistant at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City.

Kate Werble opened her eponymous gallery in September of 2008, with two years of group shows interspersed evenly between artist-run events, dance works and performances. Eventually, the gallery took on a group of artists interested in achieving an integration between the two. Kate's focus is on developing and working with artists over a long period of time, mounting thought-provoking exhibitions of art works that take many forms, including interdisciplinary works that spans the genres of music, film, dance and performance. The majority of artists currently represented by the gallery had neither held prior solo exhibitions nor been shown in an institution. However, since the gallery's opening, gallery artists have held solo exhibitions or been included in exhibitions at institutions such as MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY: MoMA, New York, NY; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; The Kitchen, New York, NY; MCA, Denver, CO; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT; The Power Station, Shanghai, China; and the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA among others.

Laura McLean-Ferris is a writer and curator. She holds the position of Adjunct Curator at the Swiss Institute, New York and was Associate Curator on the 2015 Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts 2015. Recent exhibitions include 'Our Lacustrine Cities' at Chapter NY, New York (2015), 'Columbidae' at Cell Project Space, London (2015), 'Till the stars turn cold' at Glasgow Sculpture Studios and S1 Project Space, Sheffield (2014-2015), 'Geographies of Contamination' at DRAF, London (2014). Recent performances she has curated include Nina Beier: 'Anti-ageing' at the Swiss Institute, and Cally Spooner: 'And you were wonderful, on stage', for Performa 13. She is a regular contributor to Art-Agenda, Artforum, ArtReview, Even, Flash Art International, Frieze and Mousse. She has taught at several universities including the Royal College of Art, London and NYU and worked as an independent researcher for the Tate Collection, London.


The Colleagues and Friends Breakfast series invites established women in the art world to have conversations about their current positions, career paths, and professional relationships. The program is generously hosted by artnet at their headquarters in the Woolworth Building.

Earlier Event: November 10
Dis-Course Dinner | Members Only