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Virtual | Curating Under Covid, with Adrienne L. Childs, Laura Roulet, & Sarah Tanguy

January 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, curators have struggled to continue their work with artists and arts organizations and to find new ways to bring exhibitions to the public. Washington, D.C.-based independent curators Adrienne L. Childs, Laura Roulet, and Sarah Tanguy have each opened exhibits amid the crisis. Despite the shutdown, they have been able to organize exhibitions at The Phillips Collection, Brentwood Arts Exchange, and the Kreeger Museum. Childs, Roulet, and Tanguy will share their experiences in maintaining and evolving their practices during these trying times.

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About the Speakers

Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D., is an independent scholar, art historian, and curator. She is an associate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. She was recently a guest curator of The Phillips Collection exhibit, “Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition.” The exhibit presents the works of 20th to 21st century African American artists alongside the examples of 20th-century art that inspired those American artists. Childs was also a curator at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer in the DC metropolitan area and specializes in contemporary and Latin American art. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, the American University Museum, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Hillyer Art Space, WPA, Arlington Arts Center, and the DC Art Center. Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalog essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal and Art Nexus. In the fall of 2020, Brentwood Arts Exchange exhibited her most recent exhibition, “Mothering in a World Turned Upside Down.” The exhibit focused on visual embodiments of motherhood during a time of social, physical, and economic uncertainty.

Sarah Tanguy is a Washington, DC-based independent curator and arts writer. From 2004-2019, Tanguy was also a curator for Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, where she curated over 100 exhibitions and 12 permanent collections for U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. She has also worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery, The Tremaine Collection, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and The Hechinger Collection. Her exhibit “TRACES” is currently on display at the Kreeger Museum and each artwork featured in the exhibition explores the many meanings of the word “trace.”

Image: Roxana Alger Geffen, Complicated Presence (Covid Coat), 2020




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