Bruce W. Ferguson
Independent Curator and Critic
Bruce W. Ferguson is presently the Vice Chairman at Louise Blouin Media. Previously, he served as the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Ferguson also served as Dean of School of Arts at Columbia University and President and Executive Director of the New York Academy of Art. He has held teaching positions at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, the sculpture department at Yale University, and the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His recent projects include conceptualizing and directing a new institute at Arizona State University - F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) at ASU in Phoenix, Arizona. Ferguson is an independent curator and critic who has worked internationally for more than thirty years. He is the founding Director and first biennial curator of SITE Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ferguson has curated more than 35 exhibitions for institutions such as the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the Winnipeg and Vancouver Art Galleries in Canada, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He has also organized exhibitions in the international biennales of São Paulo, Sydney, Venice and Istanbul. Ferguson wrote for art publications like Canadian Art, Art Forum, Art in America, Art + Text, Flash Art, Bomb Magazine, Art Press, Borders Crossing and Parachute. Along with Reesa Greenberg and Sandy Nairne, he received a Getty Senior Research Fellowship grant, which resulted in the publication of a seminal anthology of essays on the theories of exhibitions, titled Thinking About Exhibitions (Routledge: 1996). Ferguson received his B.A. in Art History from the University of Saskatchewan, and his M.A. in Communications from McGill University in Montreal. He has an honorary doctorate from Kansas City Institute.
Cai Guo-Qiang was born in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China, and currently lives and works in New York. He was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, and his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events. In 2012, Guo-Qiang was honored as one of five Laureates for the prestigious Praemium Imperiale, an award that recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts in categories not covered by the Nobel Prize. He was also among the five artists who received the first U.S. Department of State - Medal of Arts award for his outstanding commitment to international cultural exchange. In 2008, Cai held the distinguished position as Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Among his many solo exhibitions and projects are Falling Back to Earth, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Australia (2013); Cai Guo-Qiang: Da Vincis do Povo, Brazil (2013); One Night Stand (Aventure d’un Soir), Nuit Blanche, Paris, France (2013); Sky Ladder , The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012); Spring Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China (2012); A Clan of Boats, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012).
David A. Ross
David A. Ross has more than 30 years experience as an art museum professional and has served as director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Noted for his work with emerging artists and new media, Mr. Ross has been involved in the organization and jurying process of major international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, Documenta and The Carnegie International.Mr. Ross is a Trustee of the Studio Museum in Harlem and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Anaphiel Foundation. He serves on the Curatorial Committee of the CRT Foundation in Turin, Italy, and on the Curatorial Advisory Committee of La Caixa in Barcelona, Spain. He is an active member of the board of Rhizome, a new media organization associated with the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. He is currently the editor-at-large for flypmedia.com.Mr. Ross received a BS, Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications. In 2011, The School of Visual Arts in New York introduced a Master of Arts in Art Practice that is chaired by Mr. Ross.
Chairman, Tate International Council
Lady Elena Ochoa (Dr. Elena Foster of Thames Bank) was born in Orense, Spain. For over twenty years, she held the position of Professor of Psychopathology at the Complutense University of Madrid, and until 2001 was Honorary Professor at King’s College, London. In the course of her academic career, she has been Hispanic/North American Fulbright scholar at the University of California, and as Visiting Professor, conducted research at numerous universities in Europe as well as in the United States. In 1996, Lady Foster founded Ivorypress publishing house. She directed the C Photo Project, conceived to promote photography and contemporary art through publications, exhibitions and academic and institutional support (Ivorypress has organised the creation of a Chair of Contemporary Art at the University of Oxford, among its other sponsorships at different academic institutions). Along with the team at Ivorypress, she has curated international exhibitions, such as C on Cities, 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2006); NY C, Phillips de Pury, New York (2007); Blood on Paper, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2008); Real Venice, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Somerset House, London (2011). She serves as Member of the Board of Directors of the Mutual Art Trust and the Prix Pictet Photography Prize. Lady Foster was President of the Tate International Council and member of the Governing Board of the Tate Foundation between 2004 and 2008, as well as Trustee of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation. She serves as patron of diverse museums, foundations and international schools of contemporary art and photography.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Programs, Serpentine Gallery
Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in London. Obrist was named art’s second most powerful figure in 2010, by Art Review, after being its most powerful the previous year (2009). In 2009, he was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 1993, he founded the Museum Robert Walser and directed the Migrateurs program at the ARC/ Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, where he served as a curator for contemporary art until spring of 2006. Significant monographic exhibitions co-curated there include: Olafur Eliasson, Philippe Parreno, Steve McQueen, Jonas Mekas, Yoko Ono, Anri Sala and Doug Aitken. In 2012, he co-curated Jonas Mekas, Thomas Schütte Faces and Figures, Yoko Ono TO THE LIGHT, Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei Pavilion and the Memory Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery, London; To the Moon via the Beach, LUMA Foundation, Arles; Lina Bo Bardi, Casa de Vidro, Sao Paolo; A call for unrealized projects, DAAD and e-flux, Berlin. Obrist’s recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Ai Weiwei Speaks, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series. Obrist is also the co-curator of EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1, 2013 and 89plus, 2013, a long-term, international, multi-platform research project. In all, since 1991, Obrist has curated over 150 exhibitions internationally.
John Baldessari currently lives in Santa Monica, and works in Venice, California. Baldessari is one of the most influential artists in the Post-War American scene. As a pioneer in Conceptual Art, Baldessari has, through exhibitions and through his teaching, been a central figure in the emergence of California as a major source of energy and new ideas in the visual arts. His work as an artist is distinguished by a relentless questioning of the ways in which works of art convey meaning. He is represented in most of the world's major contemporary and modern museum collections. In addition to teaching at UCLA, Baldessari serves on the board of several nonprofit institutions and foundations. He is also the recipient of many major awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Venice Biennial, memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and the BACA International 2008. His artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards and public. Recent exhibitions of Baldessari include John Baldessari: Installation Works, 1987 – 1989, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Morsels and Snippets, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland; This is Not a Love Song, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain; John Baldessari: Crowds, Mixografia and For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA, Keep it Simple. Keep it Fresh, Galerie Michael Janssen Singapore, Singapore. Baldessari received his B.A. and M.A. from San Diego State University. He was awarded Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees from National University of Ireland, San Diego University and the California State University, and Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design.
Kiki Smith, one of the leading and most wide-ranging artists of her generation, was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and currently lives and works in New York City. Smith employs a wide-range of non-traditional materials ranging from hair and latex to beeswax and gold to a diverse body of work that includes painting, photography, bookmaking, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. In the late 1970s and early 1980s she was associated with the artist's collective Collaborative Projects, Inc. (Colab), and participated in the celebrated Times Square Show of 1980. Smith's work has been presented in solo and group shows in major museums around the world. She is also represented in the permanent collection of numerous museums, including MoMA, The Whitney, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. A major traveling retrospective of Smith's prints and multiples appeared at The Museum of Modern Art in the winter of 2003-2004.Smith received the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000, the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, the Fiftieth Edward MacDowell Medal from the MacDowell Colony in 2009, and has participated in the Whitney Biennial three times in the past decade. In 2005, Smith was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Director of Museo Tamayo
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Ramiro Martínez was the director of Museo Tamayo from 2002 to 2009. His studies include Business administration in Tecnologico de Monterrey at Saint Mary's University, and Applied Research at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Martinez worked in various capacities at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey and was its director before accepting his current position at the Tamayo. His various exhibition projects include El Hechizo de Oaxaca, Julio Galán, Leonora Carrington, Jalisco, Genio y Maestría, Daniel Senise, La Mirada Iluminante, Louise Bourgeois, La Elegancia de la Ironía, Teodoro González de Leo Acute; Isamu Noguchi y la Figura, Inside Out, New Chinese Art, Pierre Alechinsky, Jesús Rafael Soto, David Salle, 1990-2000, Manuel álvarez Bravo and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Thailand, Ethiopia, and Canada, Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. Tiravanija is presently living in New York, where he teaches at the School of the Arts at Columbia University. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2005 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, Tiravanija’s exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio station located in the museum's rotunda. Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award. Tiravanija is a founding member of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also President of an educational/ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiangmai, Thailand, and is part of Plan B, a collective alternative space located in Bangkok, where he maintains his primary residence and studio. Tiravanija's work has been included in major exhibitions, such as Venice Biennale (1993 and 1999), Whitney Biennial (1995 and 2005), Liverpool Biennial (2002 and 2004), São Paulo Bienal (2006), The Shapes of Space at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2007), Installations: Selection from the Guggenheim Collections at Guggenheim Bilbao (2008), and the any space whatever at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008). Tiravanija has also participated in the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012). Tiravanija studied at Whitney Independent Studies Program in New York, The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, The Banff Center School of Fine Arts in Banff, Canada, and The Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada.
Global Co-Head of Investment Banking, Citigroup
Raymond McGuire is the Global Co-head of Investment Banking in Citigroup. Previously, he was the worldwide Co-chairman of Morgan Stanley's Mergers and Acquisitions Group based in New York. A collector of contemporary art, McGuire serves on several boards, including The International Center of Photography (President), the Studio Museum in Harlem (Chairman) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (Vice Chairman), The Lincoln Center of Performing Arts (Director), and serves as Member of Advisory Board at MutualArt Services, Inc. McGuire also serves on the boards of The Enterprise Foundation, the Joseph & Claire Flom Foundation, and the New York Presbyterian Hospital, among others. He is a Keynote Speaker at Columbia Business School's annual Investment Banking Conference. He has spoken at Harvard Law School's Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series and emceed the first Harvard Black Alumni Weekend. He is honored by Harvard Business School at the Alumni Professional Achievement Award and was honored as a distinguished "Patron of the Arts" by Pratt Citigroup Inc. In 2009, he received the Humanitarian Leadership Award from the Council of Urban Professionals. In 2008, he was presented the Frederick Douglas Award by the New York Urban League and was inducted by Morehouse College as one of the inaugural members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Renaissance Leaders. McGuire received his M.B.A. and J.D. from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School (1984), and an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College (1979). He also attended the University of Nice, France while on a Rotary Fellowship (1980). He has had legal experience at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as well as Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler.
Curator and the Director of Samuso
Sunjung Kim is a Seoul-based curator who played a pivotal role in linking Korean contemporary art and the international art world. In 2005, she was the commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. In 2005 Kim also founded SAMUSO: Space for Contemporary Art, and presently serves as its director. Through SAMUSO Kim established Platform Seoul, an annual art festival, and curated festivals from 2006 to 2010; the first festival, titled Somewhere in Time, was followed by Tomorrow (2007), I have nothing to say and I am saying it (2008), Platform in KIMUSA: Void of Memory (2009) and Projected Image (2010). She co-curated Your Bright Future, an exhibition of 12 contemporary artists from Korea presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Houston Museum of Fine Arts (2009–10). Kim was the Artistic Director of the 6th Seoul International Media Art Biennale - Media City Seoul 2010, the Co-artistic Director of Gwangju Biennale 2012, and the agent of dOCUMENTA (13). From 1993 to 2004, Kim was the Chief Curator at Artsonje Center, a contemporary art center located in Seoul. At Artsonje Center, she curated solo exhibitions for artists such as In-Hwan Oh, Martin Creed, Beom Kim and Haegue Yang. In addition to Kim's overall achievements, she was a professor at the Korea National University of Arts. Kim received her B.F.A. from Ewha Womans University and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, U.S.A.
Vishakha N. Desai
President, Asia Society
Dr. Vishakha N. Desai recently served as President and CEO of the Asia Society from July 2004 to September 2012, an international educational organization dedicated to strengthening connections between the peoples of Asia and the United States. She is widely recognized as a leader in the museum field for developing dynamic presentations of contemporary works by Asian and Asian- American artists, and for conceiving innovative exhibitions of traditional Asian art within strong cultural contexts. Dr. Desai serves as special advisor for global affairs to the president of Columbia University and professor of professional practice at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also serves as senior advisor for global programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. In 2012, in recognition of Dr. Desai’s leadership in the museum field, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. She also serves as a member of the Mayor’s Commission for Cultural Affairs in New York City and on the International Advisory Committees for the House of World Cultures, Berlin, and the Auroville Foundation, India. In 1996, Susquehanna University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Arts. She has lectured extensively in the U.S. and in Asia and served as an Advisor and juror for numerous international projects on contemporary art, including the Venice Biennale in 2003. She has also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston University and Columbia University. She received her B.A. in political science from Bombay University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.