Jayme McLellan: Different models of support for emerging art and artists in the U.S./D.C.



Welcome to join Jayme McLellan, a Washington, D.C. based curator, educator, writer, and gallery director, for a lecture and workshop about different organizational models in Slovene and USA art system, its’ successes and failures in supporting artists and curating exhibitions.

Lecture: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 7 pm, SCCA Project room, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana

In the U.S. the non-profit model is sometimes viewed as hindering social change through complex structures, therefore newer and 'more rebellious' galleries often function without the NGO structure in order to be more fluid and adaptable. Parallel to that public institutions, like the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design are under the threat by market driven politics. McLellan has over 20 years operated in seemingly opposite structures. Deriving from her rich experiences she will draw a comparative analysis between different modes of operation in contemporary arts (profit, non-profit, public, private), illustrated by examples from her own practice and current state of art in Washington D.C.

Workshop: Wednesday, April 16 & Thursday, 17, 2014, from 3 pm till 6 pm, SCCA Project room. Applications will be accepted up until Monday, April 14, 2014.

Potentials of independent operation in the field of art – based on McLellan's work in States, but also on her extensive knowledge of Slovene art scene – will be the focus of our workshop. We will compare art systems in Slovenia and USA, focus on possibilities of independent operation in the field of art, reflect on what this should mean and try to answer the questions like: How to set up own working conditions and platforms? How to adjust an appropriate structure to the acquired theoretical knowledge? How do two different yet complimentary models: NGO and ‘more rebellious galleries’ running without NGO structure in the States benefit artists and support the artistic community? What are the revenue streams used to stabilize such institutions and how does this help or hinder diverse presentations of work?

Participants will be invited to propose suitable organisational format for their work (imagine perfect institution or individual modus operandi) and then analyse and develop further the idea. Come prepared to share your ideas and sharpen your curatorial skills!

Detailed info.

The events are part of the 2014 World of Art public programme, which is being prepared by the SCCA–Ljubljana and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory.

The programme is supported by: the City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture; ERSTE Foundation; the United States Embassy in Ljubljana.