International Visitor Programme : October 2007

Shamim M. Momin

Curator/Director

Shamim M. Momin

Shamim M. Momin was appointed Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2004, and has been Branch Director and Curator of the Whitney Museum at Altria since October 2000. In addition to co-curating the 2004 Whitney Biennial, she has recently organized the solo exhibitions Mark Grotjahn (2006), Raymond Pettibon (2005-06), andBanks Violette: Untitled (2005), for which she also authored the catalogue. At the branch museum, Momin is responsible for organizing exhibitions and focusing on commissioning new work by emerging artists for both solo and thematic presentations, as well as writing essays for exhibition brochures, producing gallery talks, artists' talks, symposia, and panel discussions, and supervising the production of the annual Performance on 42nd Streetseries. Momin's exhibitions at Altria have included projects with artists such as Andrea Zittel, Rob Fischer, Sue de Beer, Luis Gispert, Katie Grinnan, Mark Bradford, Dario Robleto, Ellen Harvey, Do-Ho Suh, and E.V. Day.

As part of The Contemporary Series, which she organizes, Momin's latest exhibition for the Whitney was Terence Koh, which closed in May of 2007 and was accompanied by a catalogue co-authored by Momin. She oversaw the New York installation of Lorna Simpson, a touring exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts, which opened this past spring, for which she also contributed to the catalogue. She was also recently named co-curator for the upcoming 2008 Biennial exhibition.

Recent outside curatorial projects have included No Ordinary Sanctity (2005), a group exhibition at the Deutschbank project space, Salzburg, as well as Will Boys be Boys?: Examining Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art (2004-2007), organized in conjunction with Independent Curators International (traveling to six venues nationally). In addition to her Whitney exhibition publications, Momin has contributed essays to numerous other monographs, art periodicals, and exhibition catalogues, most recently as an invited author for the next in the Phaidon Cream series. Momin has participated on numerous juries and panels throughout USA. She has served as Visiting Professor for NYU's MFA Senior Seminar (Fall 2005), and is currently Adjunct Professor of Contemporary Art for Williams College 2007 Semester in New York program.


Adam Budak

Curator

Adam Budak

Adam Budak, who lives in Graz and Krakow, is currently curator for contemporary art at the Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria. He studied theatre studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and history and philosophy of art and architecture at the Central European University in Prague. He is a guest professor at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts - Flanders in Ghent and at the Theatre Institute of the Kunstuniversität in Graz. He has recently co-established the postgraduate studies programme in curatorial practice and theory at the Art History Institute of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Adam Budak has curated Architectures: Metastructures of Humanity, Morphic Strategies of Exposure, exhibition in the Polish Pavilion of the 9th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2004). He worked with acclaimed artists such as John Baldessari, Cerith Wyn Evans and Monika Sosnowska, and has curated a large number of international exhibitions. Recent projects includeProtections. This Is Not an Exhibition (together with Christine Peters) and Volksgarten. Politics of Belonging (cocurated with Katia Schurl and Peter Pakesch). Budak is one of the curators for Manifesta 7.