Curandi Katz at ICW

Curandi Katz will be guest tutors atthe 3rd annual International Curatorial Workshop (3rd – 5th, June 2013) in Bari, Italy. The Course will be composed of fifteen young curators from around the world. They will be offered the opportunity to work with curators and art practitioners of international reputation who have participated in projects focusing on the various forms, analysis and creation of social art practices.

ICW 2013 will be tutored by Consonni, Leone Contini, Curandi Katz, Marco Degaetano – XScape, Fernando Garcia Dory, Carolina Rito, Wochen Klausur, Viviana Checchia, Anna Santomauro, Francesco Scasciamacchia, Charles Esche, Ilaria Gianni, Viktor Misiano and Marco Petroni together with other members of vessel’s committee.

The Pacifist Library discuss “Philosoprops & Ontological Apparatus” at Gasser & Grunert

The Pacifist Library will discuss “Philosoprops & Ontological Apparatus”: Implements as catalysts for discourse with Chris Robbins of Ghana Think Tank, and special spontaneous action with Nina Katchadourian and Elizabeth Demaray at the gallery of Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert at 7pm tuesday January 22, as part of the series of “dialectic revivals” by the artist Alyce Santoro

The Pacifist Library at The Center for Book Arts

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack
January 18, 2013 – March 30, 2013
Organized by Yulia Tikhonova

Brother, Can You Spare a Stack presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community. Each project proposes an alternative politicized realm, which can be imagined and formed to explore the social dimensions of contemporary culture. Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system that governs our society. In contrast to subjective libraries formed by the artists picking and choosing book titles, these projects take a pragmatic and rational approach, using the library model as an interactive field. Selected projects update the principles of relational aesthetics, and shift them towards all-inclusive and useful cultural production. “Brother, Can You Spare a Stack” borrows its title from the lyrics of a popular depression era song, claiming that the artists invent alternative models of questioning, inspiring new perspectives on social transformation. They insert themselves into the most unexpected situations and spaces, in this case libraries, to propose social and cultural improvement. The exhibition includes projects by: Arlen Austin and Jason Boughton; Brett Bloom and Bonnie Fortune; Stephen Boyer; BroLab (Rahul Alexander, Jonathan Brand, Adam Brent, Ryan Roa, and Travis LeRoy Southworth); Valentina Curandi and Nathaniel Katz; Finishing School with Christy Thomas; Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Wilson; Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden; The K.I.D.S. with Word Up Collective, Eyelevel BQE, Launchpad, NURTUREart, Weeksville Heritage Center, and individual partners, as well as with Emcee C.M., Master of None; Annabel Other; Reanimation Library; The Sketchbook Project; and Micki Watanabe Spiller. Special thanks to Build It Green NYC! for their in-kind donation of materials used both in the Bronx and at the Center for Book Arts.
Support for BroLab provided in part by BRAC and NYPL. Support for Curandi/Katz provided in part by nctm e l’arte and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Nathaniel Katz performance at the Synagogue of Pesaro

On October 10 at 11 PM Canadian American artist Nathaniel Katz will present the performance “Several Attempts at Drawing the Borders of Homelands and Promised Lands” as part of the Perepepé festival at the historic synagogue of Pesaro on Via delle Scuole.

Nathaniel Katz’s performance “Several Attempts at Drawing the Borders of Homelands and Promised Lands” attempts to do as the title suggests both literally and metaphorically through a continuous drawing and redrawing of the borders of homelands and promised lands while simultaneously recounting stories of his family’s search for the promised land. for the occasion of the performance Katz will tell the story of the strange circumstances of his uncle’s involvement with the “Machal” in support of the establishment of a Jewish state.

The Synagogue of Pesaro is the finest example of Italian Renaissance synagogue architecture. It was built under the guidance of Gracia Mendes Nasi in the 16th century. It is currently under the directorship of the synagogue of Ancona.

Nathaniel Katz is an interdisciplinary artist, his work is realized in performance, video, and collaborative events.

Katz was born in Canada, and raised in Israel and the United States. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and his MFA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital+Media. Since 2008 he has been living in Italy and working collaboratively with his wife, the Italian artist Valentina Curandi.

Ian Berry, Associate Director and Curator of The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College said of his work: “Nathaniel Katz presents his artworks as an exchange. Katz makes art as a gift, as a component of teaching, or as an intimate collaboration between father and son. It almost doesn’t matter if we are invited in at all— imagining a practice that is private and in some critical ways counter to the structures of the dominant art world is inspiring, brave, and very effective.“