Howie Chen

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM    

Student Commons Theatre, 907 Floyd Ave.

Howie Chen is a New York–based curator involved in collaborative art production and research. Chen is a founder of Dispatch, a curatorial production office and project space founded in New York City, later transitioning to a peripatetic exhibition model. He has organized exhibitions and programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Kitchen, Circuit (Switzerland), IMO (Copenhagen), Bureau, Mitchell-Innes & Nash among others.

In 2003, with artist Mika Tajima, he formed New Humans, a moniker for collaborations with musicians, artists and designers. New Humans was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial—a collaboration with Vito Acconci and musician C. Spencer Yeh—and more recently projects at SFMOMA and South London Gallery with collaborator Charles Atlas.

In 2010, Chen co-founded JEQU, a research project to assess how sociological and cultural economic approaches to art world debates can augment artistic critique. Past program presentations include a lecture by Olav Velthuis, seminar with Luc Boltanski, and exhibitions at USC Roski School of Fine Art and Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club. The collaborative publication, JEQU: IRL (2013), is available through Primary Information.

He holds a degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program as a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow. Chen is a board member of W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). Currently, Chen teaches at the New York University Steinhardt School and has been a lecturer at the Art, Culture and Technology program at MIT, Parsons School for Design, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Upcoming projects under development includes “The Great Unlearning”, a multi-platform series on counter-pedagogical practices in contemporary art, with curator Manuel Cirauqui and MIT researcher Gabriel Kahan.