ATC Lecture – Cheryl Haines “Creative Interventions and Social Activation”

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We’re thrilled to share Cheryl Haines ATC lecture video with you online! Cheryl Haines delved into the relationship she built with Ai Weiwei while working on @Large, one of the first exhibitions to take place on Al Catraz. She was able to offer insight into the curatorial choices she made in conjunction with Weiwei, and how they managed to sustain this partnership across continents through technology.

Cheryl Haines is Principal and Director of Haines Gallery and Founding Executive Director of the FOR-SITE Foundation, both located in San Francisco. Through her Directorial roles at Haines Gallery and the FOR-SITE Foundation, Haines has for over 25 years developed exhibitions and site-specific public programming that has advanced discourse on ‘Art About Place’.

Next up, Caroline Woolard on January 26 discussing “What is a Work of Art in the Age of $120,000 Degrees?”

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At “Creative Interventions and Social Activation” on November 3rd, Cheryl Haines discussed her collaboration with the artist and activist Ai Weiwei in curating and assembling his exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Through the use of space, images, and sound in his installations, Ai explores the relationships between Alcatraz Island’s identity as a former federal penitentiary as well as a site of protest and demonstration to cast a spotlight on the former and current incarceration of “prisoners of conscience”.

Haines also offered a behind the scenes look at the complexities of mounting such a large-scale installation so highly integrated into its surrounding, especially since Ai was unable to come to the site as his passport was confiscated by Chinese authorities in 2011.
 
 
 

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Explore the behind the scenes of Ai Weiwei’s stellar new exhibition on Alcatraz Island with curator Cheryl Haines on November 3rd!

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Cheryl Haines has curated numerous exhibitions for both local and internationally-renowned artists. Haines will share details of the behind the scenes process of curating and assembling an exhibition, spotlighting her current work, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, for which Ai Weiwei (艾未未) has created sculpture, sound and mixed-media installations for the infamous former prison. More profoundly, Haines will look at how exhibitions can ‘intervene’ in a space to provoke thought, stimulate the sense, and incite social action.

Through her Directorial roles at Haines Gallery and the FOR-SITE Foundation, Haines has for over 25 years developed exhibitions and site-specific public programming that has advanced discourse on ‘Art About Place’. Haines’ dynamic curatorial stance presents challenging and provocative exhibitions by artists working across a wide range of media who explore cultural and environmental issues. Over time, this position has expanded to include producing public, site-specific commissions on a national scale. Selected notable Bay Area projects include the installation of large-scale works by both James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy at the de Young Museum, landscape interventions by Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio among others.

Tickets are available online and at the door. Ticketed attendees will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective.