Café Chalupecký: Chen Tamir
Chen Tamir: The History of Contemporary Israeli Art
Chen Tamir's lecture will situate the development of video art within a greater social and cultural history of Israel. Tamir will discuss how the liberalizing of the economy radically changed the country in the 1980s and 1990s and how this spurred developments in the mass media and technology that greatly affected contemporary visual art in Israel.
Chen Tamir is Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv and also serves as Curatorial Associate at Artis. She was recently listed by artnet as one of 25 women curators on the rise. In her curatorial work, she champions experimental mediums such as installation, video, and performance that shed light on how the personal and the social realms are inherently intertwined. Since joining the CCA in 2012, Tamir has curated over two dozen exhibitions with artists such as Trevor Paglen, Amie Siegel, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Wilfredo Prieto, as well as a major commission series with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. She has pioneered the stream of Post-Internet art in Israel with shows like those by Jon Rafman and Oliver Laric, as well as a new series of commissioned artwork that is accessible only on smartphones. Through her work at Artis, Tamir organized a large-scale traveling exhibition titled “Staring Back at the Sun” that is considered the definitive survey of the development of video art in Israel from the 1970s to 2012. The project premiered with a two-day symposium at the New Museum in New York in 2015 and has been presented in over a dozen venues including Sao Paulo, Los Angeles, and Toronto. A catalogue will be published in 2019 in collaboration with the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.