Azar Alsharif, A Rhyme, 2013

Norwegian Curator Talk: Perspectives on the Norwegian Art Scene

Performa Hub, 13 Crosby St MAP
Free with RSVP

Norwegian curators, museum and gallery directors, and art historians Johanne Norby Wernø and Solveig Øvstebø share their intriguing observations of the contemporary art world in Norway and discuss their experiences fostering dynamic international collaborations.

Johanne Nordby Wernø is the newly appointed director of the Unge Kunstneres Samfund. Founded in 1921, the UKS is a contemporary art gallery in central Oslo, which is equally influential as a nationwide members' organization, working politically for the rights of all visual artists and emerging ones in particular; its name translates to "the young artists society." Wernø is curator and art critic. Before joining UKS, she was an editor for Kunstkritikk. Her work has been published by a number of Norwegian newspapers and art publications, as well as by Artforum, ArtReview and others internationally. For Performa, Wernø is curating a new project by artist Marthe Ramm Fortun, which is taking place at the Grand Central Terminal.  

Solveig Øvstebø is the newly appointed director of the Renaissance Society. Øvstebø is an art historian, curator, and former director of Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway, which she directed from 2003-2013, developing it into one of the main contemporary art institutions in Norway with a focus on production, research, and discourse. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions, and written and lectured extensively on contemporary art. She was head organizer of the Bergen Biennial Conference in Bergen, Norway, in September 2009, which led to the influential Biennial Reader (Publisher by Marieke van Hal, Solveig Øvstebo, Elena Filipovic, 2010).