Frame Contemporary Art Finland is pleased to announce the second open call for Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship, a five-year programme between 2020–2024 for contemporary art curators. The programme explores new forms of research that renew curatorial and institutional working habits.
The second round of two fellowships is organised in collaboration with the Queens Museum in New York and Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. We are now seeking two candidates for 2023–2024 who are keen to develop the critical potential of curatorial research and rethink the purpose and value of research within institutions and society at large.
The Frame Curatorial Research Fellowships offer support for developing new curatorial research practices and cultivating active practices embedded in an organisational context. It explores what kind of curatorial research is needed in order to imagine new ways of presenting and mediating contemporary art and cultural production in forms inseparable from daily life, politics and the policies of artists and institutions.
More about the Curating with Pasts Fellowship:
The Curating with Pasts Fellowship, hosted by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the Queens Museum in New York City, looks into different cultural and geopolitical pasts as well as material realities as a point of departure for curatorial research and artistic imaginaries. The fellowship will offer an opportunity to examine and rethink how historical shifts between the New York World Fairs’ cultural convergence (1939–1940 & 1964–1965), Cold War dichotomies, and globalisation in the 1990s can resonate with and inform artistic, curatorial, and institutional practices today.
In the context of Frame, the fellowship looks into how practices in contemporary art and cultural institutions are bound to social and political imaginaries of the recent past. It seeks to question how material cultures and legacies—shifting from Cold War cultural exchange and solidarities to art as a global commodity—continue to shape the understanding of the role of contemporary art and institutions. What can be learned and unlearned from these cultural imaginaries?
This fellowship is an opportunity to consider the Queens Museum’s geo-political and -cultural histories. Founded in 1972, the Museum is located in Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York City and the nation’s most culturally diverse county. The Museum was built to serve as the New York City Building at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and was adopted for the same purpose for the 1964 Fair. Between these two events, the building served as the General Assembly of the newly-formed United Nations (1946–1950). During the early post-war years, almost every world leader spent time in the New York City Building. Landmarks of this period in United Nations history include the partition of Palestine and Israel; the partition of North and South Korea, the creation of the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO); and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park—formerly a salt marsh that became a dumping ground for charcoal ash—was developed specifically for the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair, and holds an important place in the history of New York City. The Museum houses a collection of over 13,000 objects and documents related to both Fairs, and takes responsibility for introducing the significance of these events to future generations through exhibitions, public programs, and opportunities to engage with the community of World’s Fair aficionados and fans. There have been numerous collaborations with contemporary artists—including Emily Jacir, Pedro Reyes, Fred Wilson, Daniel Boshkov, Mel Chin, and Charisse Pearlina Weston—who investigated and incorporated various subjects from the archives into their recent projects.
The Fellowships include:
Fellows selected for the programme will have the opportunity to dive into curatorial research in an institutional environment comprising Frame, its international partners, and various associates including artists, researchers, other practitioners, and institutional actors.
Requirements and Accessibility:
Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship can be applied to everyone from anywhere in the world whose practice and interests connect to the frameworks of the fellowships. Applicants do not need an institutionalised curatorial background, working position or education.
We welcome applicants of all ages, genders and linguistic, cultural and other minorities. If you belong to any of these groups, feel free to indicate this in your application. Fellowships are open to individuals with different disabilities and neuro-divergences. Please indicate in the motivation letter if you need any special assistance or conditions for participating in the programme. We treat all information you provide confidentially.
How to Apply:
Please apply for the Fellowship by sending your application to firstname.lastname@example.org, latest on Sunday, August 13, 2023. The application should include the following:
After the representatives from Frame and partnering institutions have evaluated the applications there will be a round of interviews for shortlisted candidates. We aim to organize the interviews and do the final selection of the fellows in September 2023.
More Information on the Program:
Frame Curatorial Research Fellowships offer an opportunity to bolster and develop further the critical potential of curatorial research and rethink the purpose and value of research within institutions and society at large. It is about energising new connections between artistic practices, institutions and research beyond the dichotomy of utilitarian value and autonomy.
The fellowships also provide an opportunity to re-think what the internationality and mobility of curatorial research can mean in the future. Are there new ways in which travelling, physical mobility and being present in certain geographical contexts can support socially and ecologically sustainable research practices?
The programme seeks new forms of research that can renew curatorial and institutional working habits and introduce new ideological frameworks for sustainable international mobility within the curatorial research field. It also aims to embed new forms of ethical curatorial thinking into the daily routines and actions of art organisations and foster new connections within curatorial research, artistic practice, and institutions to reimagine the role of a wide new range of curatorial knowledge within the field of contemporary art. Similarly, it is an opportunity to build new shared futures and alliances between institutions and individuals.
Between 2020–2023 the program has hosted two fellows, Ama Josephine Budge and Nikolay Smirnov, with partners Casco Art Institute, the Netherlands and EVA International, Ireland.
The program is generously supported by the Kone Foundation.
Contact for more information:
Head of Programme, Frame Contemporary Art Finland
+358 50 471 7711
Frame Contemporary Art Finland is an advocate for Finnish contemporary art. Frame supports international initiatives, facilitates professional partnerships, and encourages critical development of the field through grants, visitor programmes and curator residencies, seminars and talks, exhibition collaborations and network platforms. Frame commissions Finland’s participation in the Venice Biennale.
The Queens Museum is known for outstanding contemporary art exhibitions and nationally- and internationally-recognized community engagement programs that continue to become participatory, connecting with and informed by artists and audiences of all ages and abilities. Founded in 1972 on the ground of the 1939–1940 and 1964–65 New York World’s Fairs, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting high-quality arts and educational programming for the people of New York, particularly the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural, and international community. The Museum’s work honours the history of our site and the diversity of our communities through a wide-ranging and integrated program of exhibitions, educational initiatives, and public events.
Van Abbemuseum, founded in 1936, is one of the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe. It has an extensive art collection of Western modernism and has refocused its activities in recent years on the relation between art and social change with a wider cultural focus. The museum has an experimental approach toward art’s role in society. Openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are important to us. We challenge ourselves and our visitors to think about art and its place in the world, covering a range of subjects, including the role of the collection as a cultural ‘memory’ and the museum as a public site. International collaboration and exchange have made the Van Abbemuseum a place for creative cross-fertilisation and a source of surprise, inspiration and imagination for its visitors and participants.
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