ISCP TalkNovember 3, 2015
"Munchmuseet on the Move" in collaboration with Independent Curators International
Natalie Hope O’Donnell will present some of the thinking behind the commissioning of artists for the first year of Munchmuseet on the Move (2016-2019). This four-year program of contemporary art projects takes place before the relocation of the Munch Museum from its existing premises at Tøyen, built in the 1960s, to the waterfront development of Bjørvika. The Munch Museum is moving a mile down the road, through the diverse neighbourhood of so-called Old Oslo. One of the aims of the programme is to establish new relationships with the locality – without essentializing the potential of “audience development” – through the everyday notion of neighbourliness and long-term dialogue. Adopting what might be described as a queer curatorial approach, Hope O’Donnell has commissioned artists who engage with marginalized voices, alternative histories, semi-concealed spaces and different ways of navigating the city for the 2016 edition of Munchmuseet on the Move.
Natalie Hope O’Donnell is currently a curator in residence at ISCP and a curator at the Munch Museum in Oslo, and project leader of the museum’s offsite contemporary art programme, Munchmuseet on the Move. Her educational background includes a BA in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford (2002) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London (2008). Her PhD at the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS) is entitled Space as Curatorial Practice (2015). Past curatorial projects include the major retrospective of Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes (2012) and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2013); an exhibition of Norwegian film and video art of the 1990s at Atopia, Oslo (2013); and the First Supper Symposium with Pussy Riot, Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti in Oslo (2014). Hope O’Donnell chairs the Norwegian Association of Curators and runs its lecture series together with Milena Hoegsberg and Leif Magne Tangen. She is interested in curating as a spatial practice, feminist and queer performance art, and the exhibition as an historical and cultural construct.
Offsite Independent Curators International Curatorial Hub event, with the support of OCA: Office for Contemporary Art Norway.
This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with NATALIE in the subject line.