Chicago Cultural Center presents HUB conversations: “What Are You Lookin’ At?!”
What Are You Lookin’ At?! How to “do you” independently
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room
February 20, 2016; 10:30am – 12pm
Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor is an independent arts manager, producer and curator operating under the moniker tbspMGMT. His current projects include producing and touring the performance works of Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Trajal Harrell, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Yvonne Meier and Wally Cardona. Ben is also the Producer and Curator for American Realness, an annual festival of contemporary performance at Abrons Arts Center in New York, NY (Best of Dance 2010 ARTFORUM). Previously Ben worked as Director of Operations for Center for Performance Research, an Artist Representative at Pentacle, a project manager for Chez Bushwick and in the Planning and Development department at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ben served as chair of the Agents Council and Trustee for Dance USA from 2008-2010. He was the recipient of the 2010 Gabriela Tudor Fellowship in Cultural Management and has served on panels for CEC ArtsLink, the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts.
What Are You Lookin’ At?! How to “do you” independently will explore realities around “independent curatorial practice”. What does an independent curatorial practice look like? How does one establish and maintain a curatorial practice outside of and/or in relationship to an institution? What is the landscape (ie goals and path towards them) of the independent curator? Can independent curatorial practice be an end game or does it always lead to institutionalization?