A Brief History of Curating


“It is rare that we have the opportunity to celebrate our own eco-system.” = Richard Armstrong, Museum Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Join the discussion between Richard Armstrong and Serpentine Gallery Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Guggenheim Museum about Walter Hopps and the eleven ground-breaking curators gathered together in Obrist’s most recent book, A Brief History of Curating (JRP|Ringier)

Monday, July 20, 6.30 pm

A Conversation with Richard Armstrong and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Peter B. Lewis Theater
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York City
RSVP 212.423.3587 Monday–Friday, 1–5 pm

Tuesday, July 21, 5–7 pm

Book signing with Hans Ulrich Obrist
A Brief History of Curating

Artbook at X
548 West 22 Street
New York City

Throughout his 40-year career Walter Hopps (1933–2005) never succumbed to administrative logic or routine. His chronic lateness and near-mythic disappearing acts prompted employees at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., where he served as director in the 1970s, to make buttons reading walter hopps will be here in 20 minutes.

The conversation will continue at walterhopps.com, log on to share stories about Walter Hopps and the other legendary curators in A Brief History of Curating, upload your button spottings to Flickr tagged “walterhopps” and join the Protest Against Forgetting at walterhopps.com.

Thanks to Richard Armstrong, Lionel Bovier, William Christenberry, Bice Curiger, Karen Constine, James Demetrion, Alexander Galan, Melissa Goldberg, Eric Hobsbawm, Erin Knutson, Karen Marta, Julia Peyton-Jones, Rachel Schwartz, Nancy Spector, Lorraine Two, Anton Vidokle, Sarah Williams, Christina Yang and curators everywhere that Walter Hopps’s spirit has influenced.

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