Curatorial Fellowship

The University Art Gallery is currently revising its Curatorial Fellowship Program.

The gallery is committed to creating opportunities for emerging curators, working against the grain of conventional curatorial practices. For the past two years Michelle Y. Hyun served as the University Art Gallery Curatorial Fellow. During her tenure she produced projects with a clear emphasis on Public Culture; she co-organized public programs and commissioned a new project for Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), and was the sole curator for We’d love your company, Timing is Everything, And how are we feeling today, and My Strangest Stranger at the University Art Gallery.

Over the past year, a committee composed of faculty and graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts has assessed the academic landscape and is currently exploring structures for expanding the curatorial fellowship program at the University Art Gallery. This program will continue the dedication to diverse and alternative forms of organization, exchange, collection, and presentation and aims to enrich the cultural environment regionally and globally, providing a vibrant platform that furthers the questions and dialogue around curatorial practice.

Please check back here for up-to-date information about curating at UC San Diego.

Recent Fellow

Michelle Y.  Hyun is a cultural producer and researcher working with the conditions and interrelationships of publics, space, discourse, and pedagogy. Such work has manifested in the collaborative production of projects with artists and organizations such as Public Movement (Tel Aviv, est. 2006), SALONS: Birthright Palestine? a performative salon series commissioned for the New Museum Triennial The Ungovernables (2012); and Bik Van der Pol (Rotterdam, est. 1995), Elements of Composition [As Above, So Below] a site-specific public installation, walking tour series, and publication commissioned for Creative Time's Living as Form exhibition (2011).  Hyun’s work has been realized as part of various curatorial projects including Dear Pratella, what do you hear? at CCS Bard, New York (2011), an experimental research exhibition investigating the critical potential of sound art in various socio-spatial, temporal, and discursive contexts; CLAP at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York (2011), a collaborative reconsideration of the Marieluise Hessel Collection emphasizing the "exterior life" and sound of objects; This is Swipe Country (2010), an intervention of internet advertising space; and Expanding and Destroying the Archive (2009) at The Center for Film, Electronic Arts, and Music at the Milton and Sally Avery Center for the Arts, New York, a conversation with and screening of video works by Peggy Ahwesh alongside orphan films from her collection.  Hyun received her BA in International Political Economy from George Washington University and MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

This program was made possible by the generous support of the UC San Diego Division of the Arts and Humanities and the Offices of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chancellor.