Join us for a discussion about curatorial practices and ideas between Heather Pesanti, Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Contemporary Austin, and Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum.
Heather Pesanti earned an MA in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, an MSc in cultural anthropology from the University of Oxford, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has organized exhibitions and commissions of work by John Bock, Carol Bove, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Anya Gallaccio, Lionel Maunz, Rodney McMillian, Wangechi Mutu, Monika Sosnowska, Robert Therrien, and Marianne Vitale, as well as the thematic exhibitions Strange Pilgrims and The Sorcerer's Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn. Forthcoming projects include solo exhibitions of Nicole Eisenman, Deborah Roberts, and Torbjørn Rødland. From 2008 to 2013, Pesanti was Curator of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and prior to that served as Assistant Curator of Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International, at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Michael Rooks joined the High Museum of Art in January 2010. He was appointed Commissioner and co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, in 2010 and is a member of ActArt, the president's committee for contemporary art and social action. Prior to joining the High Museum, Rooks held curator positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. At Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, he curated survey exhibitions of work by Roy Lichtenstein (1999) and H. C. Westermann (2001), for which he co-authored Westermann's catalogue raisonné. As curator at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Rooks organize