In this object-based talk, Jordan Carter will discuss a variety of Fluxus publications and multiples—engaging issues of interactivity, curatorial display, and the facsimile—from CCS Bard’s Special Collections. Additionally, a selection of publications by Conceptual art publisher Seth Siegelaub and artist stanley brouwn will be used as case studies to examine the performative dimension of the artist’s book and the notion of the book-as-exhibition.
Jordan Carter is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he recently curated Ellen Gallagher: Are We Obsidian? and co-curated Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous (both 2018), and is currently co-curating stanley brouwn’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. From 2015–2017, he was Curatorial Fellow at the Walker Art Center, where he co-curated Question the Wall Itself and Unpacking the Box (both 2016), and assisted on Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (2015), Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018 (2018), and Jason Moran (2018). He holds a BA from Brown University, where he earned his degree in Modern Culture and Media; and an MA in Art History from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, where he focused on Fluxus and Conceptual art. Prior to this, Jordan was the 12-Month Fluxus Collection Intern at the Museum of Modern Art, where he researched, catalogued, and exhibited MoMA’s Fluxus collection and assisted in the realization of the exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4'33" (2013). Jordan has also worked in curatorial and research capacities at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.