Alistair Hudson

Curatorial Talk: Institutional Self Criticism

Nov 24th at 6 pm
Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK


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Institutional Self Criticism.
This presentation will tell the story of MIMA’s evolution under the rubric of the Museum 3.0 and tell this story as a parable of the wider transitions in art and politics from spectatorship to usership.

Alistair Hudson was appointed the Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in October 2014.
His vision for mima is based on the concept of the Useful Museum, as an institution dedicated to the promotion of art as a tool for education and social change.

For the preceding ten years he was Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts in Coniston in the Lake District, which gained critical acclaim for its radical approaches to working with artists and communities, based on the idea that art should be useful and not just an object of contemplation.

Key projects in this time include Romantic Detachment, PS1/MoMA, New York; Happystacking, China, Instituto Mechanicos, Sao Paulo Bienal, the development of the Coniston Mechanics Institute, Cumbria and Confessions of the Imperfect: 1848 – 1989 – Now at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven.

He was educated at Goldsmiths’ College 1988 – 1991 and has previously worked at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery London (1994-2000) and The Government Art Collection (2000-04) where, as Projects Curator, he devised a public art strategy for the new Home Office building with Liam Gillick and a series of commissions in diplomatic buildings around the world.

In 2015 he was a juror for the Turner Prize and instrumental in promoting Assemble for their work on the Granby Four Streets project in Toxteth.

He is co-director of the Asociación de Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera – an expansive international project and online archive that forms part of the Uses of Art programmes with the L’internationale confederation.

In February 2018 he will become Director of The Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries.