Christopher Ho Appointed  Critical Studies Teaching Fellow at Cranbrook

Christopher Ho Appointed  Critical Studies Teaching Fellow at Cranbrook

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Cranbrook Academy of Art has announced the appointment of the critic, curator and artist Christopher Ho as the Critical Studies Teaching Fellow for the 2010-2011 academic year. Operating as a critic at-large, the fellow meets with students and faculty in their studios to promote dialogue on issues of prominence in the world of art and design. The general public is invited share in this experience during two lectures presented by Ho under the theme  “Critical Curating and Contemporary Modes of Collaboration” scheduled on September 21 and October 26, 2010 at 6 pm (see full schedule below). Admission is free.
 
Christopher K. Ho is a critic, curator, and artist who lives and works in New York. Since 2000, he has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design in the departments of History of Art and Visual Culture, Painting, and Graduate Studies. His many reviews and articles have appeared in Modern Painters, Flash Art, PAJ, and Arco Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include El Museo del Ghetto: Jefferson Pinder and José Ruiz at G Fine Art, Washington, D.C.; JamaicaFlux at JCAL, New York; The Shallow Curator at Winkleman Gallery, New York; Points of View at DAC, New York; Dynasty at Gallery MC, New York; and Jack, at Cuchifritos, New York. He has lectured at Columbia University, Yale University, and NYU, among others, and has served on the boards and committees of the Bronx River Art Center, the Center for Book Arts, apexart curatorial program, Art in General, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Asian American Arts Center, all in New York. His collaboratively produced art has been featured at the Queens Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Dallas Contemporary Art Center, as well as internationally at the Freies Museum, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Srpska; the Incheon Biennial, Korea; the Busan Biennale, Korea; and the Chinese Biennial, Beijing. He is represented by Winkleman Gallery in New York and Galeria EDS in Mexico City. He received his B.F.A. in Architecture and B.S. (Hons) in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University and his M.Phil in Art History from Columbia University.
 
 
The Critical Studies Teaching Fellow position at Cranbrook Academy of Art was launched in 2009 in conjunction with the annual Critical Studies academic program. The program is developed each year to respond to the most current intellectual climates within contemporary art, design and architecture.  The addition of the one-semester Critical Studies Teaching Fellowship creates an opportunity for students to have a sustained and active role in exploring the ideas of a noted scholar, artist and critic from outside the Cranbrook community.
 
“This Fellowship position is envisioned as one with a general, rather than a specific portfolio; a wandering critic whose role it is to engender spirited critical engagement and conversation,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.  “The Fellowship offers a challenge, but also offers a chance to experience teaching in its purest form.”
 
On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium at Cranbrook Institute of Science, Ho will present his first public lecture, “Curating.” As the Critical Studies Fellow, Ho will present two public lectures during the fall 2010 semester (see schedule below) and he will also conduct a series of discussion sessions with Academy students. His theme for the semester lectures and discussions is “Critical Curating and Contemporary Modes of Collaboration,” which he says will “look at how both practices demand, and allow for, subtle, even paradoxical, combinations of theory and practice”