Jacquie Hill: Maria Lind

MariaLindMaria Lind is a well known and highly respected curator. Currently she is the Director for the Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York. She was appointed director in 2008 taking over for Norton Batkin. Prior to her position at Bard College she was the director for IASPIS (International Artist Studio Program in Sweden) in Stockholm. More information about IASPIS can be found here : http://www.iaspis.se/eng/d_frame/frame.html

Lind has worked very closely with artists in conceiving programs and projects. One such project was a retrospective workshop with artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, a social practice artist from Buenos Aires. In this workshop they invited students in from different universities around Germany and Sweden and recreated “Angst essen Seele auf” a project of Rirkrit from 1994 which is a bar and a monitor showing Fassbender’s film “Angst essen Seele auf” from 1973.  So the first day of the workshop they built the bar and a group went out and bought ingredients to cook with. The second day they invited Robert Fischer, a film historian to come in and speak about Fassbender.

This past January Lind was named the fourth recipient of the Walter Hopps award for Curatorial Achievement.  The award recognizes curators in early to mid career who have made significant contributions to the field of contemporary art and carries a stipend of $15000 USD.

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