Curating

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Jasa McKenzie is a curator and artist based in New York, NY and Minneapolis, MN.

She is currently a fellow of the MA Curatorial Practice porgram at the School of Visual Arts. She has been working in a wide variety non-profit art spaces for the past seven years and most recently held an internship as a curatorial research assistant for the 10th Berlin Biennale. She has held positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. She submitted the first-place proposal to the 2017 Apexart Franchise Exhibition Program and will be presenting her exhibition in Nagoya, Japan during 2018. Her recent exhibitions include My-O-My in New York and The Map is Not the Territory in Brooklyn. Her writing and works have been featured in Artspeak, Daily Serving, Visual Opinion, and Words 86, as well as her public blog, The New Heroin(e). She is a co-founder of an upcoming nonproft being created with her fellow MACP colleagues.

Hailing from South Dakota, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and German from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she has worked and exhibited her artwork before relocating to New York in 2016. She held roles at the Augsburg Art Galleries, The Soap Factory, Altered Esthetics, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Although she has ample national and international expereince, she still holds a firm belief in the art of the Midwest and maintains a presence where she came from.

In her practice, she is driven by issues of identity, equality, and social justice. She upholds an art and artist-driven outlook on curating. Her dive is to give artists a voice, especially emerging and under-represented artists, women artists, and those practicing between the coasts. She aims to adress diverse publics through exhibitionary practices and accessible public programming. Although the vast majority of her art historical research focuses on a wide range of contemporary art such as digital curating, performance art, and exhibition history, she also has notable education in modern art, American art, and art of WWII-era Germany. She also has art historical research experience in Ancient through Post-Impressionism and Art and Architecture.

CV

Education

School Of Visual Arts
MA, Curatorial Practice
New York, NY (August 2016- Present)

Augsburg College
BA Studio Art, German Minor
Honors Program, Cum Laude
Minneapolis, MN (September 2010- May 2014)

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

Selected Curatorial Experience

Tribeca Art + Culture Night
Artist-Curator Tour Guide
New York, NY (September 2017 - Present)

Berlin Biennale 10
Curatorial Internship
Berlin, Germany (May - August 2017)

Altered Esthetics
Curatorial Assistant
Minneapolis, MN (January - May 2016)

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

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

Curatorial Award

Apexart Franchise Exhibition Program
Nagoya, Japan (Upcoming 2018)
Curator

Selected Curatorial Projects

Femmexplicit Digitalia
Brooklyn, NY (Upcoming 2018)
Curator

The Map Is Not the Territory
Brooklyn, NY (January- May 2017)
Curator

My-O-My
New York, NY (September 2016- January 2017)
Curator

Museum Experience

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

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

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

Guest Lecture

Augsburg University (Fall 2017)

Skills

·Familiarity with museum and gallery practices including curatorial, exhibition planning, installation and art handling
·Writing press releases, didactics, wall texts, exhibition publications
·Handling loan forms, artist contracts, exhibition budgets
·Excellent oral and written communication skills
·Art history archival research, focus on modern & contemporary
·Adobe Creative Suite, Flash, Dreamweaver—HTML and CSS
·Macintosh systems, Microsoft programs, social media, Google Apps
·Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, Siriusware databases
·Creative problem solving, detail & deadline-oriented, highly organized, fluid multi-tasking, fast learning ability
·German language skills

Publications

Words 86, The Geriatric Drag Show, I Built a Cage (November 2017)
Daily Serving, Review: The Intersectional Self (March 2017)
Daily Serving, Review: Red in View (February 2017)
ArtSpeak, Preview: Marisa Merz (January 2017)
Visual Opinion, Expression/Repression (December 2016)

Volunteer

Flux Factory
Annual Art Auction (Winter 2017)

Independent Curators International
Annual Gala and Fundraiser (Fall 2017)

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

The Walker Art Center
Visitor Services (Fall 2015)

PEASE Academy
Artist Mentor (Spring 2014)

Art

Jasa McKenzie is a visual artist, exhibiting her work regionally and nationally. She focuses on oil painting, digital photo manipulation, and collage. Her work addresses themes of morbidity and decay, the human form, and the power of the female form in the face of stereotypes.

Writing


Blog

The New Heroin(e)

The New Heroine is a curatorially-slanted blog all about contemporary art and those who live it. The articles focus on a curatorial point of view. The essays cover reviews of exhibitions, interviews with artists, and general thoughts about the state of the art world today.

Reviews
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.

Press
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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