Central Features Contemporary Art, curator Nancy Zastudil, and Independent Curators International (ICI) are partnering to initiate the Visiting Curator Series which brings to Albuquerque a select group of curators working in the American Southwest region who will conduct studio visits with multiple local artists over the course of several months.
After their visits, four of the five curators will each choose one artist to mentor for the following six months. In addition to regular conversations, in-person encounters will be made possible through the duration of the program via a travel budget provided to each artist to visit their mentors in their home cities. Collaborations in Albuquerque and the curators’ hometowns are encouraged so that regional partnerships can be activated or strengthened.
Each curator will give a public talk about their practice, including the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that shape their work. The series will raise awareness for the role of the curator, contribute to the advancement and dissemination of contemporary art discourse, making it accessible to a wider public, and shed light on art movements and curatorial models that are still in formation. Curators may also travel beyond Albuquerque during their time in New Mexico to help lay the groundwork for expanding the program in subsequent years. VCS is funded in part by Common Field, Fulcrum Fund, and the FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.