Curatorial

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This site serves as an archive for past and current curatorial projects, critical writing, interviews, and more speculative thinking.

Fionn Meade served as Artistic Director (2015-2017) and Senior Curator, Cross-Disciplinary Platforms (2014-2015), at The Walker Art Center, where he headed the Visual Arts Department. He has been a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2009-2014), and in the MFA program for Visual Arts, Columbia University (2009-2014). Meade holds a MFA in Poetry from Columbia University (1999) and an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard (2009). While at CCS he worked with Executive Director Tom Eccles on the first mid-career survey of New York-based artist Rachel Harrison, Consider The Lobster, and the complement exhibition And Other Essays featuring new work from Nayland Blake, Tom Burr, Harry Dodge, Alix Lambert, Allen Ruppersberg, and Andrea Zittel.

He also curated the first U.S. solo exhibition of Belgian artist Sven Augustjinen, Spectres while on faculty at CCS and assisted then CCS Graduate Program Director Maria Lind on the large-scale inernational group exhibition and research project The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, which featured seminars and programs with Matthew Buckingham, Hito Steyerl, Walid Raad, and Jalal Toufic, among others.

He has previously been a curator at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, which included solo projects from Jenny Perlin and Steve Roden, among others; and at SculptureCenter, New York (2009-12), where first New York solo institutional exhibitions with David Maljkovic and Lucy Skaer were complemented by group exhibitions 'Time Again' and 'Knight’s Move,' among others, as well as the collaborative exhibition  'A Voyage of Growth and Discovery' by Mike Kelley and Michael Smith.

Exhibitions at the Walker Art Center included: the most comprehensive survey to date of Merce Cunningham and his collaborators, Merce Cunningham: Common Time, curated for the Walker and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Question the Wall Itself, Less Than One, the first U.S. solo exhibition by German artist Andrea Büttner, and coordinating curator for the Walker Art Center’s presentation of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art which included a new performance commission by Chicago-based artist Pope.L alongside more than twenty performances and programs within the exhibition. He also oversaw commissions for the newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden by Nairy Baghramian, Theaster Gates, and Philippe Parreno, among others.  

Meade was the recipient of an Arts Writer Grant from Creative Capital (2009) and the Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship (Fall 2014).

Published writings include essays on Uri Aran, Josh Brand, Kerstin Brätsch, Nina Canell, Moyra Davey, Oskar Fischinger, Camille Henrot, Sung Hwan Kim, Elad Lassry, David Maljković’,Mark Morrisroe, Kelly Nipper, Laure Provost, Walid Raad, Erin Shirreff, Lucy Skaer, Dieter Roth and Rosemarie Trockel.

He has presented lectures at The New Museum, New York; The École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Dubrovnik, Croatia; Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York; Cornell University, Ithaca, among others, and has served as a visiting critic at Wiels Art Center Residency, Brussels, The Artist’s Institute, Hunter College; Prague Academy of Fine Arts, Czech Republic and Yale University among others.  

Meade is the author of an ongoing criticism series Becoming American.












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