Curation as Risk-Taking Symposium at the University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture
Co-organized by the Japan Foundation and the University of Tokyo

In the world of financial market, the higher risks you take, the greater rate of return you may earn or lose. Does this equation apply to the practice of curation for an exhibition or a symposium at museums and galleries? Can we assume that the more risks are involved, the more successful the outcome of the events could be? Or not?

At the University of Tokyo’s Department of Architecture, eight distinguished guests from the US and Canada are invited to participate in the symposium to discuss their personal experiences of risk-taking while curating exhibitions and/or projects.

Date 17:00-21:00, October 22, 2013

No.15 Lecture room of Engineering Building No.1, The University of Tokyo

(7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)

Language English only

Symposium Schedule

17:00-17:10 Introduction by coordinator, Yusuke Obuchi, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo

Group 1

【Topic】 Political Risk


Timothy Hyde, Associate Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair & Curator of Architecture and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago

Inderbir Singh Riar, Lecturer, Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University

Mark Wasiuta, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University


Group 2

【Topic】 Logistical & Business Risk


Maria Nicanor, Associate Curator, Architecture and Urbanism, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Curator, BMW Guggenheim Lab

Peter Zellner, Professor, Southern California Institute of Architecture / Architect, Principal, ZELLNERPLUS

Sarah Herda, Director, Graham Foundation

Darrin Alfred, Associate Curator, Architecture and Design, Denver Art Museum

19:30-20:00 Q&A


There will be a small reception party presented by the Japan Foundation after the symposium.

Time 20:00-21:00
Venue UT Café BERTHOLLET Rouge (on campus)

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