The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School
Alvin Johnson-J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, room 604
New York, New York 10011
Carin Kuoni, Director
Carin Kuoni (MA, University of Zurich; BA, Sorbonne) is a curator, writer and arts administrator whose work focuses on the way contemporary artistic practices reflect and inform social, political, and cultural conditions. From 1992 to 1997, she was the director of The Swiss Institute, a not-for-profit cultural organization in New York City, and from 1998 to 2003, she was the director of exhibitions at Independent Curators International. A founding member of the artists' collective REPOhistory, Kuoni has curated and co-curated numerous transdisciplinary exhibitions on issues such as contemporary Native American identity and 19th-century colonial portraiture (Red River Crossings, Swiss Institute); democratic participatory processes (OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding, Parsons The New School for Design); artistic and social networks (The Grand Tour, Swiss Institute; #searchunderoccupy, Parsons); new notions of transient and temporary spaces (Thin Skin, ICI traveling exhibition); or agency (The Puppet Show, ICA Philadelphia et al). Kuoni is the editor of Energy Plan for the Western Man: Joseph Beuys in America and Words of Wisdom: A Curator's Vademecum. In 2009, the Vera List Center published Considering Forgiveness (ed. Aleksandra Wagner, with Carin Kuoni). Speculation, Now will be published fall 2014 (ed. Vyjayanthi Rao, with Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni).
Naomi Miller, Programs Manager
Naomi Miller (MFA, San Francisco Art Institute; BA, Clark University) provides administrative and programming support for the Vera List Center. Before joining the VLC in 2013, she served as program coordinator for Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue for five years. She has worked as a freelance copy editor, an administrative and studio assistant to several artists and writers, and a photographer at Acadia Summer Arts Program. Her art projects include the collaborations Iron Maiden Artist Tours and The Work Office (TWO) with Katarina Jerinic, and the persona Naomi Miller, Public Intellectual. Miller was a 2012-2013 resident in the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts' SHIFT Residency. She recently began developing her own platforms and opportunities for events and exhibitions in private homes and other venues.
Johanna Taylor, Programs Associate
Johanna Taylor is a doctoral student in Public and Urban Policy at The New School. She comes to The New School with an interdisciplinary background of sociology (MA, The New School for Social Research), arts management (MA, Carnegie Mellon University), and art history (BA, The College of Wooster). Before beginning doctoral work, Taylor worked in the nonprofit cultural sector in various administrative areas including marketing, development, and financial management in addition to serving on grant panels for the New York State Council on the Arts. She has also been involved in the programmatic side of visual arts organizations as a curator and writer of exhibitions and publications. Her continued dedication to cultural and community-based organizations in New York is reflected in her work with the VLC, on freelance projects, and as an Imagining America fellow in 2012-2013. Taylor's research explores cultural policy questions by examining the intersection of art, community, and social change and its influence on the urban landscape.
Zoe Carey, Editorial Assistant, Speculation, Now
Zoe Carey (MA, Central European University; BA, University of California, San Diego) is in the final stages of editing and organizing contributions, transcriptions, and glossary entries for the forthcoming Vera List Center publication Speculation, Now. Carey also facilitates a variety of activities at the Vera List Center, including outreach, research, and expanding the online archive. Carey is in the process of completing her master's degree in sociology at The New School for Social Research; she plans to pursue a PhD in fall 2014.
Chelsea Haines, Curatorial Associate, Biennial Prize Reader
Chelsea Haines (MA, New York University; BA, Duquesne University) is assisting with the inaugural publication of the Art + Social Justice Reader, in connection with the VLC Prize for Art and Politics. From 2012 to 2013, Haines assisted in organizing curatorial initiatives for the Vera List Center's 20th anniversary programs. Haines is a freelance writer and curator and a doctoral student in art history at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is an editor of The Exhibitionist, a semi-annual journal on exhibition making, and co-edited the Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics with Janet Marstine and Alexander Bauer. Haines was the curator of the Pittsburgh Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennial in 2012. From 2009 to 2012, she was the education and public programs manager at Independent Curators International (ICI). She regularly writes for magazines including 127 Prince, BOMB, and Mousse.
Summer Curatorial Interns 2014
Alani Bass, BA in Art History, 2014, University of Rochester
Elizabeth Larison, curator, collaborator, and interdisciplinary artist; MA candidate, CCS Bard College; BA, Bard College
Samantha Plesser, MA candidate in Nonprofit Management, Milano School; JD, Cornell Law School; BA in Literature and Psychology, Brown University