Curators: Tumelo Mosaka and Irene V. Small
Tumelo Mosaka, Curator of Contemporary Art
Prior to joining KAM, Tumelo Mosaka was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum where he organized the exhibitions, Infinite Islands: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley(2004); he was also co-curator of Open House: Working in Brooklyn(2004). In addition he organized the presentation of Alexis Rockman’s monumental mural Manifest Destiny (2004), Petah Coyne (2008) and co-organized @ Murakami (2008).
Previously, he worked for the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina where he co-curated the exhibition Evoking History (2002). Mosaka has organized several national and international exhibitions for other institutions such as the National Center for Afro-American Arts (2004) and the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum (2003).
Irene Small, assistant professor, Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Irene V. Small's area of study includes Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current book project, Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame, focuses on the emergence of a participatory art paradigm in mid-1960s Brazil. The project has been supported by the Creative Capital and Andy Warhol Foundations, the Getty Research Institute, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Research Board of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include historical and neo-avant-gardes; modernism in a global context, particularly Brazil and Latin America; abstraction; problems of methodology and interpretation; relationality and the social implications of form. Small has published essays and criticism in several journals including Artforum, Art Asia Pacific, Getty Research Journal, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, and Spectator. Forthcoming essays consider autopoiesis and the notion of medium specificity (for the anthology Contemporary Art: Themes and Histories, 1989–Present, Wiley-Blackwell) and intersections between the historiography of the avant-garde and ideologies of development in 1960s Brazil (for the London-based journal Third Text). She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2008.