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Curating as a counter-Cartographic practice

Uptown Campus
Woldenberg Art Center
210, Stone Audiorium

Featuring Mpho Matsipa

The Newcomb Art Department presents the 2018 Wladis Seminar on Curatorial Careers. “Curating as a counter-Cartographic Process,” by Mpho Matsipa, a researcher at the Wits City Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Curator at Studio-X Johannesburg.

This seminar aims to map out and extend the conceptual parameters that informed the African Mobilities exhibition (23 April – 19 August, 2018) at the Architekturmuseum at TU München. Whereas the African Mobilities Exhibition explored how architecture and urbanism responds to the circulation of people, ideas, resources and aesthetics – both in physical space and in spaces of the imagination; this paper aims to explore and grapple with the wide range of dialogues, creative practices and imaginaries that informed and emerged from individual creative interventions within the show. In so doing, Matsipa will explore a framework that places a process-driven curatorial strategy at the intersection of research as creative practice. It also attempts an “imaginative rupture” of rigid compartmentalization of architectural research and creative practice.mell

In 2013, Tulane parents Mark and Diane Wladis created The Wladis Seminar on Curatorial Careers, a School of Liberal Arts lecture and seminar series. Its goal was for students to be able to gain perspective on the day-to-day reality of careers in a museum or art gallery. The 2018 Wladis Seminar is also supported by Tulane University's Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship.