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Curators: The Younger Than Jesus Effect

Sep 16, 2014, 12:00 am

A girl is wearing a red dress
Credit: Rujeko Hockley

The global youth-obsession is manifest throughout contemporary society, including the complex relations of novelty, celebrity, capital and youth in the art world and the curating of exhibitions. The New Museum’s 2009 exhibition ”Younger Than Jesus” was a prominent and influential example that further institutionalized what might be called the Younger Than Jesus Effect. This show turned the parameters of curating by age limit into a lively debate about talent and how it is recognized, nurtured, represented and distributed. Moderated by MA Curatorial Practice Deputy Chair Jovana Stokic, this panel brings together six important Millennial Generation curators who work inside and outside institutional settings to discuss how they have responded to the Younger Than Jesus Effect, contending with the mechanisms of youth, novelty, and the market, and how they have navigated the narcissism of institutional power. Panelists include: Alaina Claire Feldman, Independent Curators International; Rujeko Hockley, Brooklyn Museum; David Everitt Howe, Particpant, Inc.; Jenny Jaskey, Artist’s Institute; Piper Marshall; and Chris Wiley. Presented by the MA Curatorial Practice Department.


Free and open to the public