Please join Gallery 400 for a discussion with Rachel Cook, curator at DiverseWorks in Houston. Cook's curatorial work reconsiders the relationship between images and objects, and investigates methods of delegation that are embedded within performative and participatory work. While at DiverseWorks, she has organized commissioned projects by Keren Cytter, Danielle Dean, Tony Feher, Oliver Herring, Chelsea Knight, Liz Magic Laser, Kristin Lucas, Pepe Mar, Heather and Ivan Morison, Sheila Pepe, Sondra Perry, Mark Tribe, and Wu Tsang.
She recently curated a group exhibition and performance piece conceived by French artist Julien Prévieux, What Shall We Do Next?, which considered ideas of the real in relation to physical materials, technology, and advertising. Another recent project was The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People, a large-scale performance platform by Los Angeles-based artist Taisha Paggett in collaboration with Ashley Hunt and Kim Zumpfe, where the question, “What is a Black dance curriculum today?” was posed. Her writing has appeared in a number of art journals, including Modern Painters, Flash Art, and Prospect 3’s catalog. She is currently the Guest Editor of Art Lies for Gulf Coast, a journal of literature and fine arts.
Prior to joining DiverseWorks, Cook worked for dOCUMENTA(13)’s publication team, and was a fellow for the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. Cook holds a MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Last year she received a Curatorial Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to research a series of Walker Evans’ photographs from the African Negro Art exhibition at MoMA in 1935.