18th Street Arts Center in partnership with Highways presents Paris-based artists Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard in their first Los Angeles exhibition and performance.
BORN TO CURATE, a live curatorial battle organized as part of the exhibition pits five teams of Los Angeles-based curators head to head in a fast-paced game of wit and knowledge. Structured like a game show, teams have two minutes to conceptualize a curatorial project or exhibition in response to a theme picked at random. Inverting the largely private curatorial process into a public event, ideas behind the construction of meaning are infused with open response and humor. Winners are determined by an applause meter and receive the coveted Born to Curate trophy.
Musical Accompaniment by DJ WILDECRIST
Miki Garcia (Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum)
Shamim Momin (LAND)
Mark Allen (Machine Project)
Chris Kallmyer (Machine Project)
Bill Kelley, Jr. (18th Street Arts Center & Otis)
Matthew Schum (LAX><Art)
Mat Gleason (Coagula Curatorial)
Alex Donis (Independent artist and curator)
Charlotte Eyerman (French Regional and American Museum Exchange)
Cecilia Fajardo-Hill (Independent curator)
Ivan Argote & Pauline Bastard and BORN TO CURATE are part of .Ceci n’est pas…, a project initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in association with the Institut Français, with the support of the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the participation of many local institutions over the course of five months.