Diverse Discourse Lecturers
PERFORMING ARTS DIRECTOR, CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER (CAC), CINCINNATI
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 PM
Drew Klein is Performing Arts Director at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, he curates and oversees the Black Box Performing Arts Series, an eight-month season of performance-based projects that explores the full spectrum of disciplines.
Collaborating with revered figures like Mark Mothersbaugh and Saul Williams, and new makers like Dana Michel and Ligia Lewis, Klein’s curation centers on championing the adventurous within a context that honors the community for which he is working. Creating a prominent platform for international work in the Midwest, he has provided US premieres for artists like Ingri Fiksdal, Jisun Kim, and Mithkal Alzghair. Exclusive and co-commissioned performance works include Brian Harnetty’s Shawnee, Ohio, Takahiro Yamamoto’s Direct Path To Detour, Kaneza Schaal’s JACK&JILL, and Jens Lekman’s storytelling project Ghostwriting. Invested in the careers of Cincinnati’s own artists, he has produced and commissioned projects by artists such as Eddy Kwon, Napoleon Maddox, and Sheida Soleimani. Klein oversaw the CAC’s two-year application process to successfully join the National Performance Network as a partner organization in 2016.
Prior to joining the CAC, Klein worked in the New York independent film world with film mogul John Sloss’ sister companies Cinetic Media and Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP, as well as with Barcelona-based production company Garage Films. He holds a BFA in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
CHRISTOPHER Y. LEW AND MIA LOCKS
2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL CO-CURATORS
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 PM
CHRISTOPHER Y. LEW is the Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lew oversees the emerging artist program at the Museum and, most recently, was co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial (with Mia Locks). He has organized the first US solo exhibitions for Sophia Al-Maria, Jared Madere, and Rachel Rose. Lew also organized Open Plan: Lucy Dodd (2016) and was co-curator of the group show Mirror Cells (2016). Prior to joining the Whitney, he was Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1 and organized numerous exhibitions there. Lew has contributed to several publications including Art AsiaPacific, Art Journal, Bomb, Huffington Post, and Mousse.
MIA LOCKS is an independent curator based in New York. Recent exhibitions include the 2017 Whitney Biennial, co-organized with Christopher Y. Lew at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Greater New York (2015), co-organized with Douglas Crimp, Peter Eleey, and Thomas J. Lax at MoMA PS1, as well as solo exhibitions of work by Samara Golden, Math Bass, and IM Heung-soon. Additionally, she organized The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014), which included the work of Carina Brandes, Melanie Gilligan, Ulrike Müller, and Michael E. Smith; and Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945–1980 (2011) at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. Locks is currently on the faculty of the MA program in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts, New York.