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Image: "Picture of Nations; or Perspective Sketch of the Course of Empire" (1836) by Emma Willard — Source (Cartography Associates: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

What does it mean to consider an exhibition a work in progress, even after its close? What might it mean to see every exhibition as an analogue for uncertainty? What does it mean when we refuse to mime authority? How many times must we learn, and unlearn, and learn again before we fundamentally change our expectations of art?

In contemporary parlance, curators are broadly understood as selectors – a simplification that overlooks its roots in care and curiosity. In this presentation, Crystal Mowry will discuss how intention, intuition and revisitation have found a footing in her curatorial efforts and collaborations with artists.

Crystal Mowry is Senior Curator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Her work often explores the tension between perceived authenticity and troubled forms of representation. As a curator operating primarily within the context of a public art museum, she treats her role as equal parts co-conspirator and translator, often seeking ways to support artists in the development of new projects. Her curatorial projects at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery include group exhibitions such as The Limits (2011), Imitation of Life (2015), The Brain is wider than the Sky (2018), and I’ll be your Mirror (2018). She has curated solo projects and commissions with artists such as Deanna Bowen, Aislinn Thomas, Joseph Tisiga, and geetha thurairajah. Her solo projects with Ontario-based artists Maggie Groat and Ernest Daetwyler received Exhibition of the Year Awards from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. In 2013 she co-curated Romancing the Anthropocene, one of the three projects commissioned for the City of Toronto’s annual Nuit Blanche event. She has written curatorial and experimental texts for various artist-focused projects, including Still Move: Brendan Fernandes, a monograph on the performance and installation work of Brendan Fernandes for which she also served as an editor. She regularly participates on advisory panels and industry juries, most notably for the Sobey Art Award (2015) and the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2018).

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