20 Trading Post with Candice Hopkins

Program dates: January 4, 2012 - February 21, 2012

Application deadline: July 25, 2011

Program Faculty


Candice Hopkins

Candice Hopkins is the Interim Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and an independent curator and writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front, and the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre. Hopkins holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Her writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver Press, New York University, The Fillip Review, the National Museum of the American Indian, among other venues. In 2012 she was invited to present a keynote lecture on the topic of the “sovereign imagination” for dOCUMENTA (13), and has lectured at venues including Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dakar Biennale, Tate Britain, University of British Columbia and University of Victoria. Her recent curatorial projects include Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years co-curated with Steve Loft, Lee-Ann Martin and Jenny Western; Sakahàn, co-curated with Greg Hill and Christine Lalonde at the National Gallery of Canada; the 2014 SITE Santa Fe Biennial exhibition, Unsettled Landscapes co-curated with Janet Dees, Irene Hofmann and Lucía Sanromán; and Recipes for an Encounter, co-curated with Berin Golonu for Dorsky Gallery, New York.



Maria Thereza Alves

Maria Thereza Alves is a Brazilian artist living in Europe. She moved to New York with her family as a child to escape the military dictatorship in Brazil. Always active in the intersections between art and politics, Alves began working for the International Indian Treaty Council in New York City in 1979, and remained politically active throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1979 she founded the Brazilian Information Center, which lobbied for human rights of indigenous peoples, and co-founded the Partido Verde (Green Party) in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1981. Alves received her artistic training at Cooper Union, New York, and has exhibited widely in North America and Europe. She sees her political work as informing her artistic practice, which is centred on creating artist books, texts, drawings, photographs and videos which reframe local histories. She is best known for her multi-year project Seeds of Change, which explores the social history of plant seeds in different port cities throughout Europe. Recent exhibitions of her work include the San Paulo Biennial, Guangzhou Triennal, Manifesta 7, Trento, the Prague Biennal, the Athens Biennal, and the Lyon Biennal, where she received the inaugural Francophonie prize.


Raven Chacon

A long-time player in the music scenes of the desert Southwest and the American west coast, Raven Chacon (Dine') is a composer of chamber music and a solo performer of experimental noise music, as well as a performance and installation artist. He is a member of the Indian artist collective Postcommodity and also performs and records with the groups KILT (with Bob Bellerue), Mesa Ritual (with William Fowler Collins), and the large noise ensemble Death Convention Singers. Chacon has recorded many works for classical and electronic instruments and ensembles. He has performed and had exhibitions of his work across the United States, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand. He is based in Albuquerque and Los Angeles, with stations at Phoenix and the Navajo Reservation.




Richard Noble

Dr. Richard Noble is the Head of the Department of Art at Goldsmiths College, London. He writes primarily about the intersection of art and politics, and in the past few years has published a number of books and catalogues about contemporary artists and subjects within contemporary art. He has published a monograph on Antony Gormley, catalogue essays and articles on Rachel Whiteread, Michael Craig-Martin, David Batchelor and Mona Hatoum, and more recently edited a Reader in the Documents in Contemporary Art Series entitled Utopias (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, London/Cambridge, 2009). Dr. Noble is a philosopher by training, and a Canadian. He worked at the University of Winnipeg until 2000, when he moved to London. He has worked at Goldsmiths since 2005, and became head of the department in 2008.


Polly Staple

Polly Staple is director of Chisenhale Gallery, London. She was formerly director of Frieze Projects, the curatorial program realised annually at Frieze Art Fair, London; curator at Cubitt Gallery, London; and co-editor of Untitled magazine.  

Over the past 10 years Staple has produced solo projects and exhibitions with artists including Pawel Althamer, Jeremy Deller, Florian Hecker, Martha Rosler, Hito Steyerl, and Cathy Wilkes. Her most recent group exhibitions are Dispersion (2008-2009), Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, and Still Life (2011), Lismore Castle Arts. Staple has also written for a range of catalogues and publications; she was formerly editor-at-large of frieze magazine and continues as a contributing editor. Staple was a judge for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women (2010-2011) and the Turner Prize (2010).

Staple has extensive experience as a regular tutor and lecturer at a range of art colleges. She was most recently a studio tutor for MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, and is currently the external examiner for the MA Curating the Contemporary at London Metropolitan University/Whitechapel Gallery and BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Staple is a co-founder of the Common Practice initiative, an advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector in London.



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