Curating

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Jasa McKenzie is a curator and artist based between Kassel, Germany and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As a queer curator, she is driven by issues of identity, equality, and social justice. She upholds an art and artist-driven outlook while applying an interdisciplinary approach to curating. Her drive is to give artists a voice, especially under-represented artists, emerging artists, queer artists, women artists, and those practicing outside of major art centers. She is a global curator with ample experience working with artists from six continents, maintaining close working realationships, and producing ambitious projects across geographies. Her art historical research includes a wide range of contemporary arts such as postinternet, performing arts, feminism, global contemporary, and public art. She holds particular interest in blending experimental music and sound art into hybrid visual projects.

She obtained her master's degree in Curatorial Practice from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She then provided curatorial support to the Desert X 2019 and Desert X 2021 exhibitions in the Coachella Valley of California. During that time, she has been a recipient of a grant from the CALI Accelerator Program. In 2021, she also became a member of the board for the Catacomb Collective, a performing arts organization in Minneapolis. Since 2018, she has been the creator and cohost of the contemporary art podcast SOTA: State of the Arts, from which spawned SOTA Projects, an initiative of pop-up exhibitions and performances such as IDENTITY//SINGULARITY and Terraforming. She was the recipient of the first-place proposal to the 2017-2018 Apexart Franchise Exhibition Program, resulting in a fully-funded exhibition in Japan that focused on the subject of Mental Illness, titled Absences, along with public programming. She was also a Fulbright semi-finalist in 2018 for a feminist-driven research proposal in Germany. She curated multiple exhibitions while in New York, including My-O-My (2017), The Map Is Not the Territory (co-curated, 2017), and her graduate thesis Femmexplicit Digitalia (2018), which explored explicit womxn’s corporeality as a source of power in post internet culture.

Hailing from South Dakota, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and German from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she worked in a variety of non-profit art spaces and museums, while maintaining her own art practice and exhibitions.


CV

Education

Master of Arts, Curatorial Practice
School Of Visual Arts
New York, NY (2016- 2018)

Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art
Augsburg College
German Minor, Honors Program, Cum Laude
Minneapolis, MN (2010- 2014)

Massey University, College of Creative Arts
Study abroad
Wellington, New Zealand (2013)

Curatorial Experience

documenta fifteen
Curatorial Assistant
Kassel, Germany (2021-present)

Desert X
Curatorial Coordinator
Curatorial Assistant (2020-2021)
Palm Springs, CA (2018-2019)

Berlin Biennale 10
Curatorial Internship
Berlin, Germany (2017)

Altered Esthetics
Curatorial Assistant
Minneapolis, MN (2016)

The Soap Factory
Gallery Assistant and Installation Intern
Minneapolis, MN, (2015)

Augsburg College
Assistant to the Art Gallery Director
Minneapolis, MN, (2011- 2014)

Museum Experience

The Rubin Museum of Art
Visitor Engagement and Admissions Associate
New York, NY (2017- 2018)

The Whitney Museum of American Art
Member Services Assistant
New York, NY (2016- 2017)

Minneapolis Institute of Art
Visitor and Member Services Representative & Sales Associate
Minneapolis, MN (2015- 2016)

Media

SOTA: State of the Arts Podcast
Creator, Host(2018- 2021)

Awards and Affiliations

Board Member, Catacomb Collective (2021 – Present)
Member, Association of Art Museum Curators (2021 – Present)
Finalist, CALI Accelerator Program (2021)
Semi-Finalist, Fulbright US Student Grant (2018)
Finalist, Apexart Franchise Exhibition Program (2017)

Guest Lecture

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (2018)
Wyld Womxn Collective, Palm Springs (2018)
Augsburg University (2017)

Writing

SOTA: Pride Edition, KFAI 90.3 Radio (June 2019)
SOTA: State of the Arts Podcast,(2018-Present)
Absences, Exhibition Catalog (June 2018)
Femmexplicit Digitalia, Exhibition Catalog (April 2018)
Words 86, The Geriatric Drag Show, I Built a Cage (November 2017)
The Map Is Not the Territory, Exhibiton Catalog (April 2017)
Daily Serving, Review: The Intersectional Self (March 2017)
Daily Serving, Review: Red in View (February 2017)
My-O-My, Exhibition Essay (January 2017)
ArtSpeak, Preview: Marisa Merz (January 2017)
Visual Opinion, Expression/Repression (December 2016)

Volunteer

Her Vote. Her Voice.
Podcast Editor (2020)

Tribeca Art + Culture Night
Artist-Curator Tour Guide (2017)

Independent Curators International
Annual Gala and Fundraiser (2017)

The Soap Factory
Installation Crew (2014- 2015)
The Haunted Basement (2014, 2015)

The Walker Art Center
Visitor Services (2015)

PEASE Academy
Artist Mentor (2014)

Art



New work is on the way!






Exhibitions


Performances:
2019, Red Light Lit, Palm Springs, CA
2019, Red Light Lit, San Francisco, CA

Solo Exhibition:
Spring 2014, Necrophilia, Minneapolis, MN

Group Exhibitions:
2019, Beaver Moon, Flat Black, Palm Desert, CA
2018, Broken Hearts, Artless Bastard, DePere, WI
2017, Hope Art Competition - Expressing Your Unique Identity, SVA Flatiron Project Space, New York, NY
2017, Whitney Staff Art Show, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
2016, Emerging Artists Exhibition, ArtHaus, Decorah, IA
2015, Troubadour, Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
2015, U of M Student-Curated Exhibition, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2015, Sappho, Sister Sludge & Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
2014, Shadowed Visions, People’s Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2014, IluzeZivota, Club Underground, Minneapolis, MN
2014, The Pulse, The Pourhouse, Minneapolis
2014, Contained Narrative, Augsburg College
2014, Pancakes and Booze, Barfly, Minneapolis
2014, RAW: Pixels, Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
2014, UpNext, Augsburg College
2014, All­Student Juried Show, Augsburg College
2014, Skin Deep, Augsburg College
2013, Student Showcase, Wellington, NZ
2013, All­Student Juried Show, Augsburg College
2012, All­Student Juried Show, Augsburg College
2012, Junior Art Exhibition, Augsburg College
2012, WBCC, Augsburg College
2012, Ebb and Flow, Home of Augsburg College President
2012, Snatched, Augsburg College
2011, Salon De Refuse, Augsburg College
2011, The Dark Truth About Chocolate, Augsburg College *Summer 2012, Amsterdam

Awards:

2017, Hope Art Competition Finalist







Writing and Media

SOTA: State of the Arts

The New Heroin(e) blog

The Intersectional Self at the 8th Floor
The Intersectional Self at 8th Floor Gallery answers the call for the need of transgender and non-white cultural perspectives and representations by assembling myriad identities to center the conversation around feminism and gender.

Red in View at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Red in View by MPA aims to explore the potential colonization of the Red Planet, Mars. In a time when plans are underway for Mars One, an international project to build a colony on Mars, the artist prompts us to reflect on the endeavor as a resource for our own planet and to examine the human drive to colonize.

Marisa Merz
Through the ideals of Arte Povera, she rejected the postwar wealth of Italy, opting to use “poor” materials and promoted returning to simple objects and messages which make the everyday meaningful.

Filthy Dreams- Sewing Queer Desire From The Pages Of Vintage Erotica
Parsons- “My-O-My” by Jade Yumang, curated by Jasa McKenzie
Art & Education- MA Curatorial Practice year-end exhibitions
Art Haps- SVA MA Curatorial Practice Major Year-End Exhibitions

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