Manifestations of Neutrality
Artspace, Sydney, Australia
In this free public program, Independent curator and writer Laura Raicovich will consider where ideas of the neutral come from and how they are manifested within museums and cultural institutions, both implicitly and explicitly. She will specifically address the ways in which neutrality is a fiction, and how it can be used to veil exclusion and bias. Raicovich suggests that in order to make cultural institutions more accessible, diverse, and inclusive it is imperative to confront this myth of neutrality to collectively imagine such spaces in the future.
Subversion to Red
North Macedonian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2019 by Artist Nada Prlja
As part of artist Nada Prlja commission for the North Macedonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, she has organized an experimental live art event Red Discussion 2, featuring contemporary thinkers and curators engaged in transformative practices, including Charles Esche, Maurizio Lazzarato, Vlad Morariu, Chantal Mouffe, Laura Raicovich and Artan Sadiku. They will jointly seek to find exit strategies from the current conditions of social pre-cariousness, exploitation and violations, by defining alternative conditions to the “interesting times” in which we live.
Give and Take: Examining the Intersection of Arts, Ethics and Philanthropy
Brown Arts Initiative, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2019
How do artists and cultural organizations approach the funding of creative work that is often supported by donated money from various sources? This panel examines the history and structure of US philanthropy, how this manifests in contemporary society and the ethical considerations of contributed income. Guests include philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz, PhD; nonprofit arts executive Jamie Bennett; artist Cannupa Hanska Luger; philanthropy and fundraising expert Amir Pasic, PhD; and curator, author and former museum director Laura Raicovich.
The Myth of Neutrality and Cultural Institutions
Museums Association 2018 Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Raicovich kicked off the Museum's Association's annual conference in Belfast in November 2018 with a keynote presentation on the myth of neutrality in museums and cultural institutions. She outlined why it is so important to identify this myth and how it contributes to exclusionary practices, as well as some thoughts on how museums can serve as a commons for civic engagement. The oldest Museums Association in the world and founded in 1889, this entirely membership funded, independent organization organizes their annual conference for its membership, with over 1,000 in attendance. This year's conference theme was "Dissent."
Art World Talk: Society, Politics, and the Art System
Raicovich joined a panel including artists Lauren Bon/Metabolic Studio and Ahmet Öğüt to discuss the complexities of art and politics in the current climate. Moderated by Stephanie Baily.
Museums in a Time of Crisis
Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, 2018
A panel of artists, scientists, and curators including artist and activist Beka Economopoulos, Princeton Art Museum’s Karl Kuserow, founding director and curator of the Museum of Impact Monica Montgomery, gathered to discuss climate realities, artistic production, and ways to urgently address these topics within cultural organizations and museums. Moderated by Ashley Dawson.
Towards Sanctuary Summit
Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School
New York, NY, 2018
Artist Jeanne van Heeswjik, NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and Raicovich held a robust discussion of current thinking in the arts around notions of sanctuary. Moderated by Alexandra Délano Alonso, Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at The New School, and Carin Kuoni, Director/Chief Curator, Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School.
The Armory Live Panel: Collapsing Structures
The Armory Show
New York, NY, 2018
El Museo del Barrio Director Patrick Charpenell moderated presentations and a discussion between Raicovich, Swiss Institute director Simon Castets, curator Michy Marxuach, and artist Carlos Motta on the paradoxes inherent in presenting art that addresses political and social content.
The Power of Art: Museums, Culture, Democracy
Annual Director’s Dialogue, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2017
Annually, the director of the Guggenheim invites another museum director to deliver a presentation and participate in a discussion with artists and curators. Raicovich discussed the intersections of museums, power, culture, and democracy, followed by a conversation on the contemporary political and social conditions of making and presenting art with artist Marilyn Minter, and Nancy Spector, Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Moderated by the Guggenheim’s Director, Richard Armstrong.