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CAM in Context: The Non-Collecting Museum

Mar 10, 2014, 7:00pm

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Amy Sadao (Photo: Peter Tobia) and Beatrix Ruf (© Kusthalle Zürich)

Amy Sadao (Photo: Peter Tobia) and Beatrix Ruf (© Kusthalle Zürich)

Susan Sherman Distinguished Speaker Panel
CAM in Context: The Non-Collecting Museum

Monday, March 10, 2014
7:00 pm

In honor of the tenth anniversary of its building, CAM presents the second in a yearlong series that explores CAM in context. Featuring Beatrix Ruf, director and chief curator of the Kunsthalle Zürich, and Amy Sadao, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia—and moderated by Lisa Melandri—this panel discussion on the kunsthalle, or non-collecting museum, will examine how the model works in the US and elsewhere as well as its essential contribution to the global cultural landscape.


Beatrix Ruf was appointed Director and Chief Curator of the Kunsthalle Zürich in 2001. She co-curated the Yokohama Triennial in 2008 and curated the Tate Triennial for Tate Britain, London in 2006. Previously, Ruf served as Director/Curator of the Kunsthaus Glarus, and Curator at the Kunstmuseum of the Canton of Thurgau from 1994 to 1998. Since 1995 she has been Curator of the Ringier collection. She has curated exhibitions, written essays, and published catalogues on artists such as Jenny Holzer, Marina Abramovic, Peter Land, Liam Gillick, Urs Fischer, Emmanuelle Antille, Angela Bulloch, Ugo Rondinone, Richard Prince, Keith Tyson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Monica Bonvicini, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Pierre Huyghe/Philippe Parreno: ‘No Ghost just a Shell’, Rodney Graham, Isa Genzken, Doug Aitken, Wilhelm Sasnal, de Rijke / de Rooij, Rebecca Warren, Carol Bove, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sean Landers, and many others.

Amy Sadao was appointed the Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Previously, she served for ten years as Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City, greatly expanding public awareness of its mission to utilize contemporary art to provoke dialogue about HIV/AIDS and support HIV-positive artists. Sadao has published a number of catalogues and exhibition brochures, including Undetectable, curated by Nathan Lee with Rachel Cook (2012); ReMixed Messages and Mixed Messages, curated by John Chaich (2012 and 2011); The Sword of Damocles, curated by Patrick O’Connell (2011); Tainted Love, curated by Steven Lam and Virginia Solomon (2009); You Make Me Feel [Mighty Real]: The Work of Robert Blanchon, curated by Sasha Archibald, Tania Duvergne, and Bethany Martin-Breen (2009);and SIDE X SIDE, curated by Dean Daderko (2008). Sadao earned an MA in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art.