Kuoni, Carin

Carin Kuoni

Carin Kuoni
MA, Art History, German Literature and Mass Communication, University of Zurich 
Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics

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Areas of Expertise:
Curatorial studies, international contemporary art and activism 
Carin Kuoni is a curator, writer, and arts administrator whose work examines how contemporary artistic practices reflect and inform social, political, and cultural conditions.

Under her directorship, the Vera Center for Art and Politics has developed into an internationally recognized public think tank and research lab on the role of the arts in fostering new modes of civic engagement. Kuoni curates a dynamic program of interdisciplinary public lectures, conferences, performances, and panel discussions focusing on themes of political urgency and broad resonance. The center organizes occasional exhibitions and publications exploring these topics, among them “Homeland,” “Speculation” and “Considering Forgiveness.” The center’s programs are shaped by its fellows, who have included Maurice Berger, Sharon Hayes, Kobena Mercer, and Walid Raad. The center’s current fellows are Joshua Simon, a Tel Aviv–based curator, and Bouchra Khalili, a French Moroccan filmmaker.

An art historian by education and a curator and critic by practice, Kuoni was previously director of exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI) and director of the Swiss Institute New York. She has curated many international exhibitions, among them The Puppet Show (2008–2009, with Ingrid Schaffner). In 2008, she curated OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding, the inaugural exhibition for the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design. In 2009, she co-curated By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School, an exhibition and art installation on the occasion of The New School’s 90th anniversary. Ms. Kuoni is also a founding member of the artists’ collective REPOhistory.

Ms. Kuoni has written for several international publications and is the editor of Energy Plan for the Western Man: Joseph Beuys in America (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1990, 1993) and Words of Wisdom: A Curator’s Vade Mecum on Contemporary Art (ICI, 2001). She is the co-editor of Considering Forgiveness (2009) and Speculation (forthcoming), both published by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Courses Taught:
  • Transdisciplinary Lecture Seminar on Art and Science
Recent Publications:
Vogue’ology: Terms of an Archive for the House Ballroom Scene, exhibition co-curated with Arbert Santana Evisu and Robert Sember for Parsons The New School for Design (2010) “Thingness,” various programs and a conference on new notions of materiality.

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