Humanitas Chair in Museums, Galleries & Libraries University of Oxford, UK

06 May 2013

Ivo Mesquita is the Artistic Director of the State Art Gallery of São Paulo in Brazil. Previously he was the Assistant Curator of the São Paulo Biennial Foundation (1980-88), Guest Curator of the 20th São Paulo Biennial (1989), Guest Curator of the 24th São Paulo Biennial (1998), Director of the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo (1999-2000), Chief Curator of the State Art Gallery of São Paulo (2006-2012) and Chief Curator of the 28th São Paulo Biennial (2008).

Between 1996 and 2007 Ivo was Visiting Professor at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York and as an independent curator he has organised exhibition projects and other collaborations with several institutions, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey, Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona and “la Caixa” Foundation, Barcelona. He was the Curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999 and the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and Co-curator of inSITE97 and inSITE 2000-2001 in San Diego-Tijuana. He has been a board member of the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art since 2007.

Ivo Mesquita’s books include Viajantes Contemporâneos, Leda Catunda 1988-2008, Beatriz Milhazes: Pinturas, colagens, Iran do Espírito Santo: Uma Visão Geral, Eliane Prolik: Noutro Lugar, F[r]icciones (with Adriano Pedrosa), Daniel Senise: Ela Que Não Está, Leonilson: Use, É Legal, Eu Garanto, American Visions (with Noreen Tomassi and Mary Jane Jacob) and Cartographies. He has also contributed articles to numerous other publications, such as inSITE97: Private Time in Public Space, Latin American Art in the XX Century and Modernidade: Vanguardas Artísticas na América Latina.

Thinking on one’s feet & Museums: experience versus numbers

Thinking on one’s feet: A walking tour of the studio
A lecture by William Kentridge

Museums: experience versus numbers
A lecture by Ivo Mesquita

Chaired by Seamus Perry

Monday 6 May 2013, 4-6pm
Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, Saïd Business School, Oxford
Free admission
Doors will open at 3.45pm
The event will be followed by a drinks reception to which members of the audience are warmly invited

Date: Monday, 6 May, 2013 – 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Said Business School
Speaker: Ivo Mesquita

Pictures and Texts
Pictures and Texts A symposium with William Kentridge, Ivo Mesquita and Estrella de Diego Otero
Chaired by Shearer West
Thursday 9 May 2013, 5-6.30pm
Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford

Free admission
Doors will open at 4.45pm
The event will be followed by a drinks reception to which members of the audience are warmly invited

Date: Thursday, 9 May, 2013 – 17:00 – 18:30
Venue: Grove Auditorium, Magdalan College, Oxford
Speaker: Ivo Mesquita

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