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Curating Pacific Spaces: Recent Developments in Contemporary Art from the South Pacific — at ISCP, Brooklyn NY

International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) presents:

Curating Pacific Spaces: Recent Developments in Contemporary Art from the South Pacific

Presentation by Shelley Jahnke and Reuben Friend

Facilitated by Shigeyuki Kihara


ISCP Curating Pacific Spaces image
Michael Parekowhai, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, 2011, Venice Biennale

On August 13th, the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) presents the panel Curating Pacific Spaces: Recent Developments in Contemporary Art from the South Pacific. New Zealand is home to one of the largest populations of Pacific people in the world, however Indigenous Pacific artists and curators have, until recently, rarely been featured in the art history of this nation. Today a new generation of indigenous artists endeavor to have their contribution to the contemporary art scene of the South Pacific fully recognized.


Curators of contemporary Maori and Pacific Islander art, Reuben Friend and Shelley Jahnke, will present their findings on recent developments in contemporary Pacific Art, from trends in the private gallery scene to the latest generation of emerging millennial artists. Reuben Friend’s findings highlight the types of contemporary Pacific Art currently being exhibited in public galleries in New Zealand and how these works translate to an international audience. Shelley Jahnke’s research examines the dynamics of selling and positioning contemporary Māori and Pacific Art within New Zealand and international markets.


Reuben Friend is an artist and curator of Māori and Pākehā lineage. From 2009-2013, he worked as the Curator of Māori and Pacific Arts at City Gallery and recently relocated to Brisbane where he works as the Exhibition Manager at Logan Art Gallery while developing contemporary Pacific art projects on a freelance basis.


Shelley Jahnke is a Māori curator with experience working within public and commercial galleries in New Zealand. Prior to taking up the role of curator, at Te Manawa Art Gallery, Palmerston North, she worked exclusively for an Asian-based private international art collector and contributed to the curation and project management of the international touring show Roundabout. This ambitious three year project debuted at the City Gallery, Wellington in late 2010 and later the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2012.


The presentation will be facilitated by ISCP artist-in-residence Shigeyuki Kihara.


Curating Pacific Spaces: Recent Developments in Contemporary Art

August 13, 2013 6.30pm

International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211


For further information, visit: www.iscp-nyc.org

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Arts of Pacific Asia Show 2012


Arts of Pacific Asia Show 2012Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) presents a vibrant selection of artworks by San Francisco Bay Area women artists. Juried by Inson Choy, former Curatorial Assistant – Korean Art Department, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. This marks AAWAA’s partnership in the Contemporary Asia Pacific Arts.

Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco (for directions click here)


Festival Pavilion Hours

Friday, February 3, 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday, February 4, 11 am to 7 pm

Sunday, February 5, 11 am to 5 pm


Admission: $15 (includes color catalogue)

Showcasing AAWAA Artists:

Kay Kang
Pallavi Sharma
Julie Tsuchiya
Susan Almazol
Shizue Seigel
Xiaojie Zheng
Maria Lobo
Maggie Yee
Shari Arai Deboer                                                          
Barbara Horiuchi
Cynthia Tom                                                        

About San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show

The San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show brings more than 10,000 antiques, textiles and art from Pacific Asia to the West Coast. This event, the oldest and largest vetted fair in the US brings together Asian art specialists from Asia, Europe and North America and this year spotlights contemporary pan-Asian arts.

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we offer thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue.


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