Curators’ Talk: Kate Kraczon and Ian Berry in Conversation

Kate Kraczon in black blazer in front of a wall covered in giraffe wallpaper and a horseshoe made of paper with five lightbulbs and five ribbons hanging down. The ribbons are yellow, green, red, orange, and blue.
Kate Kraczon at Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, September 2018. Photo by Constance Mensh.

Join us on Saturday, September 21, at 4pm for a conversation about Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison with Kate Kraczon, who curated the exhibition for the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, and Dayton Director Ian Berry, who organized the exhibition for the Tang Teaching Museum. The exhibition surveys the short but prolific career of artist Ree Morton (1936–1977), who studied nursing at Skidmore College from 1953 to 1956 and left when she got married. She pursued her artistic career after becoming a mother of three children, eventually earning an MFA in 1970 from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. In the early 70s, she moved to New York and participated in the feminist and post-minimalist art movements. She died in a car accident in 1977.

This event is free and open to the public. A public reception immediately follows the conversation.

About Kate Kraczon

Kate Kraczon was recently appointed curator at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. Previously the Laporte Associate Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, she organized over thirty exhibitions at ICA from 2008-2019, including Ree Morton’s first major U.S. retrospective in over three decades (2018), and collaborated with ICA curator Alex Klein on an exhibition of work by Suki Seokyeong Kang (2018). Kraczon curated the first museum exhibition of work by Becky Suss, as well as a survey of Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere’s collaborative practice. She organized Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s project The Incidental Insurgents (2012–present) at ICA (2015), and commissioned the major video installation Easternsports (2014) by Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson. In 2014, Kraczon oversaw the museum’s fiftieth anniversary exhibition, ICA@50, which included projects she commissioned by Elisabeth Subrin and Linda Yun, as well as Mary Ellen Carroll, Simon Kim, and Bryan Zanisnik with the Philadelphia nonprofit RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) and their co-founder, artist William Dufala.

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