Public Program

Pavel Pyś and Sara Cluggish

Wed 10 Apr 2019

Above: Left: Pavel Pyś, Supplied, Right: Sara Cluggish, Supplied
Wed 10 Apr 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia
Level 2, Seminar Room


Join us for this joint public talk between Pavel Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Sara Cluggish, writer and curator, facilitated by Nicholas Chambers, Curator, Modern and Contemporary International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales. 

Pavel S. Pyś is Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Prior to the Walker, Pavel was the Exhibitions & Displays Curator at the Henry Moore Institute between 2011 and 2015. A curator and writer, Pavel has contributed to a range of solo and group exhibitions, including exhibitions with artists David Diao, Robert Filliou, Christine Kozlov, Katrina Palmer, Vladimir Stenberg and Sturtevant, as well as the group exhibitions Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa, 2015; The Event Sculpture, 2014; Indifferent Matter: From Object to Sculpture, 2013 and 1913: The Shape of Time, 2012 at the Henry Moore Institute; We Will Live, We Will See, 2011 at the Zabludowicz Collection (as part of the inaugural Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open); and To See an Object, To See the Light, 2011, at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including ArtReview, Mousse, Frieze, and Art Monthly Australia and he has published essays on artists including Carol Bove, Michael Dean and Fredrik Værslev.

Sara Cluggish is a writer and curator based in Minneapolis. Her research interests lie at the intersection of performance and moving image scholarship, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality studies. She is Co-Director of FD13 residency for the arts in Minneapolis/St. Paul for which she is developing a 2018 season of events with Patrick Staff, Marianna Simnett and Johanna Hedva surrounding themes of health, illness and the body in a state of flux. In her role as Associate Curator (USA) at Site Gallery in Sheffield, UK she is curating a newly commissioned moving image work by Daria Martin, which experimentally adapts Franz Kafka’s short story A Hunger Artist. Cluggish was formerly Assistant Curator at Nottingham Contemporary, UK and has worked in the exhibitions departments at the Chisenhale Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery in London, UK and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She is an occasional contributor to ArtReview, ArtReview Asia, Frieze, L’Officiele Arte Italia, and the Third Rail. She teaches Modern and Contemporary Art History at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a BFA in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Nicholas Chambers is Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary International Art at the Art Gallery of NSW. He has previously held the positions of Milton Fine Curator of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh; and Curator of Contemporary International Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Chambers has organised numerous exhibitions for a diverse range of exhibition platforms – from artist-run-initiatives to major public art museums. He is currently working on The Essential Duchamp which opens at the AGNSW on 27 April 2019.

Pavel Pyś' visit is supported through the 
International Visiting Curators Program, developed and 
presented by Artspace in partnership with UNSW | Art & Design, with support from the Centre for Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne.