Team Tumelo Mosaka
The Graduate Curatorial Fellows working with Tumelo Mosaka are Robyn Farrell, Ross Jordan, Elçin Marasli, and Allison Glenn
Each team organized the 2012 Graduate Exhibition in different ways. Our team produced a publication of interviews with the artists, the Curatorial Fellows and Tumelo Mosaka that we hope gives some insight into our unique curatorial approach. Click here to learn more.
Tumelo Mosaka is the Contemporary Art Curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Preceding this appointment, Mosaka was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, New York where he curated Infinite Islands: Contemporary Caribbean Art and Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley. Mosaka previously worked for Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina where he co-curated the exhibition Evoking History from 2000-2002. He has organized several national and international exhibitions for other institutions such as the National Center for Afro-American Arts, and St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum. Mosaka was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ross Jordan, dual Master candidate in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism & Arts Administration and Policy 2013
Ross received a BA in sculpture from Connecticut College. He has worked as an arts administrator for several arts organization including Real Art Ways in Hartford, Conn. and MoMA. Ross spent his first year in Chicago working in Sullivan Galleries as a curatorial assistant on Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and his sphere of influences and CartoonInk: Emerging Comics in Context. That said, Ross came to SAIC especially excited about working alongside MFA students and cultivating a dynamic exchange of ideas. So he is happy to be tackling the MFA Exhibition this spring. Ross likes to challenge himself to see the point of view of the artist and uses his own artistic background to inform his understanding.
Allison Glenn, dual MA Candidate Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism & Arts Administration and Policy 2012
Allison is a curator, writer and arts professional. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art Photography with a co-Major in Urban Studies from Wayne State University, in Detroit. During the summer of 2011, she worked at the Hammer Museum, on “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980″, as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative of the Getty Research Institute. Allison is currently conducting research on the Johnson Publishing Company corporate collection and writing a catalog essay, titled “Paradigm Is A Cliché Competing with Reality” for the 2012 Contemporary Arts Council Chicago Exhibition. Her thesis, “Site-Reflexivity and the Contemporary Environment: Small Liberties in Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites” is focused on permanent artist projects and temporary, commissioned installations, interspersed among the art-historically significant Mojave Desert in east San Bernadino County, California. She is an inaugural Kurtich Fellow, and a contributor to Art21.
Elçin Marasli, MA Candidate Visual and Critical Studies 2013
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Elçin began her journey in the States with a BFA in Studio Arts at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a minor in Mass Communications from Tufts University, Medford. She is now pursuing an MA degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently occupied with theoretical writings on the convergence of popular visual culture and fine arts. While she finds practices of writing and curating to be similar in innovative ways of thinking, she especially enjoys the communicative aspect of exhibition making. The 2012 MFA Show, and The 2012 MFA Review are her favorite school wide community builders. Elçin is a traveling hunter for cultural connections, and a researching artist of interdisciplinary practices.
Robyn Farrell, MA Candidate Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism
Robyn Farrell is a writer and curator based in Chicago. She received her BFA in Art History and Cinema Studies from the University of Illinois and is currently pursuing her MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Robyn writes for ArtSlant Chicago and Jettison Quarterly, and has contributed to exhibition catalogues for the Hyde Park Kunstverein at the South Side Hub of Production and the DePaul Art Museum. In 2011, Robyn curated “Cut, Bit and Curious” at Spudnik Press in Chicago. The exhibition was selected as the Critic’s Choice in the Chicago Reader’s “Best Of” Summer issue. Robyn recently organized the exhibition “Memory Address” at the Chicago Artist’s Coalition, opening on May 11, 2012 and will collaborate with Alderman Exhibitions on programming in December 2012. She is currently Assistant Director at Donald Young Gallery in Chicago.
Jan Christopher Berkson