Burton Among Recipients of Tremaine Foundation Grants


The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, based in New Haven, Conn., has granted its 2012 exhibition awards to contemporary art curators to support three exhibitions at U.S. museums or nonprofits.

Johanna Burton receives $150,000 to support her exhibition “Slow Dance,” at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. The exhibition is tentatively scheduled to open in June 2014 and, according to the foundation’s press release, “aims to position dance in relation to art and art to dance without collapsing their useful differences” and may include artists such as Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly, Taisha Paggett, Yve Laris Cohen, and Justin Vivian Bond.

Claire Tancons and Krista A. Thompson receive $150,000 for “En Mas’: Carnival 21st Century Style,” at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, La. Scheduled to open in late December 2013 or early January 2014, the show “explores the intersections between contemporary art and historical masquerade in the Caribbean and its diaspora,” according to the press release, and will comprise a series of performances and video-based exhibitions throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, Canada and the UK. According to the release, artists being considered for commissions include John Akomfrah, John Beadle, Mario Benjamin, Sonia Boyce, Charles Campbell, Isaac Julien and others.

Claire C. Carter receives $100,000 for “Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns,” at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale, Ariz. Tentatively scheduled to be mounted in early 2014, the exhibition will examine themes such as “disclosure, violence, power, subterfuge, surveillance, territory, geography and the visible versus the hidden,” according to the release. Artists may include Thomas Demand, Ricardo Dominguez, Steve Kurtz, Jim Sanborn and Kerry Tribe. In addition, says the release, “SMoCA will commission Trevor Paglen to lead a public expedition to survey military activity at the Barry M. Goldwater tactical bombing range and complete his collaboration with a Predator drone pilot working out of Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army base in southern Arizona.”

The winners were chosen from among more than 50 applicants by a jury including Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles; Dominic Molon, chief curator of the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and Lilian Tone, assistant curator in the department of painting and sculpture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The award, which supports thematic exhibitions, has been granted biannually since 1998. 

Photo: Johanna Burton