International Visitor Programme : May 2009

Elizabeth Thomas


Elizabeth Thomas is Phyllis Wattis MATRIX Curator at Berkeley Art Museum, where she directs the museum's MATRIX series of contemporary projects by international artists, including recent and upcoming exhibitions with Paul Chan, Martha Colburn, Omer Fast, Mario Garcia Torres, Rosalind Nashashibi, Trevor Paglen, Olivia Plender, Tomas Saraceno, Allison Smith, and Tris Vonna-Michell, among others. Previously, she was an independent curator and writer based in Pittsburgh, PA, organizing 'The Believers', a collaboration with Nato Thompson at MassMoCA, North Adams, USA; The 'F' Word at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA; and 'Empathetic' at Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, USA. As Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA, she worked intensively on the 2004-5 Carnegie International, as well as overseeing a series of project exhibitions with artists such as Cory Arcangel/Paper Rad, Edgar Arceneaux, Jesse Bransford, Omer Fast, Christian Jankowski, Zon Ito/Ryoko Aoki, and Paul Wood/John Harrison. She also served as curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, was a founding editor of the Chicago arts and culture magazine, TenbyTen, and was program coordinator at the Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA. She received her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA and her BA in Anthropology and Art History from George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA. Ms. Thomas has written for numerous catalogues and publications, and lectures often to audiences in museums, universities, and other public venues. She has served as nominator or jurist for many national awards and grants, including Creative Capital, Alpert Awards, Anonymous Was a Woman, and the Heinz Endowments, among others.

Adam Szymczyk

Director, curator and writer

Adam Szymczyk. Photo: Tadeusz Rolke

Adam Szymczyk is Artistic Director of documenta 14. He was a co-founder of the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, at which he worked as Curator from 1997 till 2003, when he assumed his new post as Director at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. In Basel, he organised exhibitions including 'Piotr Uklanski: Earth, Wind and Fire' (2004); 'Tomma Abts' (2005); 'Gustav Metzger: In Memoriam' and 'Lee Lozano: Win First Don't Last Win Last Don't Care' (both 2006); 'Micol Assaël: Chizhevsky Lessons' (2007); 'Danh Vo: Where the Lions Are' (2009); 'Moyra Davey: Speaker Receiver' (2010); 'Sung Hwan Kim: Line Wall' (2011); 'Paul Sietsema and Adriana Lara: S.S.O.R.' (both 2012), as well as group shows including 'Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession)' (with Salvatore Lacagnina, 2010), 'How to Work/How to Work (More for) Less' (both in 2011); 'Michel Auder: Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder' (2013) and 'Naeem Mohaiemen: Prisoners of Shothik Itihash' (2014).

In 2008 he co-curated with Elena Filipovic the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art under the title 'When Things Cast No Shadow' and in 2012 he curated 'Olinka, or Where Movement Is Created' at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. He is a Member of the Board of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. In 2011, he was recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement at the Menil Foundation in Houston.

Szymczyk's visit in August 2016 coincides with the presentation of documenta 14's journal South in Kárášjohka, Sápmi (Karasjok, Norway), allowing the documenta 14 team to encounter current artistic practices and conduct research regarding recent history and developments within communities in Sápmi and northern Norway.