August 28, 2012

Szewczyk will develop the program of the Logan Center Gallery and exhibitions throughout the multidisciplinary arts center, scheduled to hold its grand opening October 12-14, 2012

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Monika Szewczyk as the Logan Center’s Visual Arts Program Curator. Szewczyk will oversee exhibitions in the Logan Center Gallery and other spaces throughout the multidisciplinary building, which is the new home for the study, practice, and exhibition of visual arts, theater and performance, cinema and media, music, art history, and creative writing, among other arts-related and community initiatives. Drawing on her international experience, Szewczyk is developing a dynamic exhibitions program that responds to and expands both the spirit of intellectual inquiry at the University and the artistic energies that animate the city of Chicago, with particular attention to the University’s South Side neighbors.

"The chance to build a new exhibitions program amongst the illustrious company of the artists and scholars who have been drawn to the Logan Center and the University of Chicago – and the cultural riches of the South Side of Chicago, which I can now proudly call my home — is quite simply a dream come true," said Szewczyk.

Prior to joining the staff of the Logan Center, Szewczyk was head of publications at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, where she (co)edited more than twenty publications ranging from monographs, through artists’ books to critical readers (notably Meaning Liam Gillick, Rotterdam Dialogues: The Critics, The Curators, The Artists and Cornerstones). Previously, while living in Vancouver, Szewczyk was on the curatorial team of the Vancouver Art Gallery (2004-2007) and coordinated the program of the Belkin Satellite, a downtown space of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia (2002-2004). Throughout, she also taught at art academies including Emily Carr University in Vancouver, the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, and most recently at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. An interdisciplinary thinker, she holds degrees in International Relations (B.A.) and Art History (M.A.) from the University of British Columbia.

Szewczyk’s writing has appeared in numerous catalogues and journals, including Afterall (London), A-Prior (Ghent), Mousse (Milan), and e-flux journal online. Her recent curatorial projects include The Joy of Pleasure (co-curated with Dieter Roelstraete at VeneKlasen Werner in Berlin, 2011), Nether Land (co-curated with Nicolaus Schafhausen at the Dutch Culture Center in Shanghai, 2010 as Act VIII of Witte de With's multifaceted Morality project) and Allan Sekula: This Ain't China (at e-flux, New York, 2010). And she has just collaborated with the dancer and choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis, as a dramaturg of the recently premiered piece Etude (2012).

“We are excited to have Monika bring her exceptional talents to the Logan Center to develop, enhance, and support visual arts programming in collaboration with faculty and students, as well as University and community partners,” said Bill Michel, Executive Director of the Logan Center.

Szewczyk will develop the program of the Logan Center Gallery and other visual arts exhibitions throughout the building, working closely with the Department of Visual Arts (DOVA) and the Department of Art History, the Open Practice Committee, and other partners across campus. She will also serve as the Logan Center's liaison with the Smart Museum of Art and the Renaissance Society.

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts celebrates its public opening on October 12-14, 2012. The Logan Launch Festival will feature multiple visual arts exhibitions including Ricardo Basbaum’s “Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?” Visit http://loganlaunch.uchicago.edu for more information about the Logan Launch Festival.

For future Logan Center Exhibitions information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/logan/gallery/.

Media contact:  Mitch Marr, Marketing Manager
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
mhmarr@uchicago.edu
773.702.2997

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