Art Talk: A Curatorial Conversation About Nam June Paik
Join Michelle Yun, curator of Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot and of Asia Society's modern and contemporary exhibition program, and John G. Hanhardt, consulting senior curator for film and media arts at the Nam June Paik Archive, Smithsonian American Art Museum, for an in-depth conversation about the work of this visionary artist.
Michelle Yun is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Asia Society Museum. Prior to her appointment to Asia Society, Yun was the curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries. She has previously served as the project director of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio and as a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, in addition to organizing numerous independently curated exhibitions. Ms. Yun is also a frequent lecturer on modern and contemporary Chinese art and has taught at SUNY New Paltz, Columbia University, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her writings have been included in many publications, among them Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue, published in conjunction with her exhibition at Hunter College; Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want To Believe, published by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; entries in the Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists and The Grove Dictionary of Art, Oxford University Press; Greater New York, the 2003 exhibition organized by PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art; and Artforum International.
John G. Hanhardt is a consulting senior curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where he joined the museum’s staff in 2006. In 2009, the museum acquired the complete estate archive of visionary artist Nam June Paik. Hanhardt, the leading expert on Paik, is currently preparing an oral history project for the Nam June Paik Archive. Hanhardt began his museum career in the department of film and video at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and from there he went to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to establish its film program and film study collection. From 1974 to 1996, he was curator and head of the film and video department at the Whitney Museum of American Art and then the senior curator of film and media arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 1996 to 2006. Among his many exhibition credits are Nam June Paik: Global Visionary (2012), Bill Viola: Going Forth By Day (2002), The Worlds of Nam June Paik (2000) and Andy Warhol’s Video & Television (1991). Hanhardt currently is preparing an edition of Nam June Paik’s collected writings for MIT Press and writing a book on Bill Viola for Thames & Hudson.
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