Draft Urbanism

2013 Curatorial Team

Chief Curator (2011-2012): Abaseh Mirvali
Executive Curator: Carson Chan
Curators: Paul Andersen and Gaspar Libedinsky
Associate Curator: Cortney Stell
Curatorial Advisor (2013): Adam Lerner

Paul Andersen

Paul Andersen is the founder and Director of Indie Architecture, a Denver based office that designs buildings, books, and exhibitions worldwide. Indie’s projects propose new configurations of pop architecture and suburban life. They have won a number of awards, including a Graham Foundation Grant and an AIA NextLA Award. The projects have been widely published and internationally exhibited, including at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Biennale, the Beijing Biennale, A+D Museum in Los Angeles, and in Grand Central Terminal.

Paul was appointed a Fulbright Specialist in Architecture and has taught at the Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Cornell University. He has been a guest curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and is a co-author of The Architecture of Patterns and a forthcoming book, The Monuments Power the Cars (Actar, 2014).

Carson Chan

Carson Chan is an architecture writer and curator based in Berlin. Chan studied design, history and theory of architecture at both Cornell University and Harvard University, where he received a Master’s in the History and Theory of Architecture. After working at Barkow Leibinger Architects and the Neue Nationalgalerie’s architecture exhibitions department in Berlin, with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, he founded PROGRAM in 2006, a non-commercial initiative for art and architecture collaborations. He has variously curated and overseen more than 30 international exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture, including the 4th Marrakech Biennale 2012, which Chan curated with Nadim Samman. This Biennale presented newly commissioned works by more than 40 artists, architects, writers, musicians, and composers at five locations throughout the city. Chan’s writing on art, architecture and contemporary culture appears in books and periodicals worldwide, including Kaleidoscope, where he is a contributing editor, and 032c (Berlin), where he is editor-at-large.

Adam Lerner

Adam Lerner is the Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver). In 2004, he founded The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar (The Lab) to explore the changing nature of art and museums. In 2009, The Lab merged with MCA Denver when Lerner took the helm of the museum. Lerner’s programs have been adopted by museums throughout North America and a recent article in the New York Times stated that Lerner’s work to engage audiences is “reshaping what has become a stale model for a contemporary art museum.” Lerner was formerly the Master Teacher for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum and the curator of the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. Lerner has a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University and a Masters degree from Cambridge University. His forthcoming book From Russia With Doubt: The Quest to Authenticate 181 Would-be Masterpieces of the Russian Avant-Garde, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in fall 2013.

Gaspar Libedinksy

Gaspar Libedinksy is an architect, artist, and educator. His work operates within private and public space mediating the realm between the urban scale and the intimacy of the human body. Trained at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, he has worked for OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York.  At DS+R Libedinsky was on the design team of Manhattan’s High Line Park and was in charge of design and installation of the High Line exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. He worked on the redevelopment of Lincoln Center’s new public spaces, Juilliard School and Alice Tully Hall and was part of the design team for the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. Libedinsky has taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and at the Architectural Association in London. He is regular guest critic and lecturer at Columbia, Pratt and Cornell Universities and at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam.

Abaseh Mirvali

Abaseh Mirvali is an Independent Project Producer & Curator based in Istanbul, Mexico City, and Berlin. She authored key innovative elements of the 2013 edition of The Biennial of the Americas where she served as CEO, Executive Director and Comisaria from 2011 to December 2012. Additionally, she was the Chief Curator of Draft Urbanism, an exhibition of urban architectural interventions. Between 2005 and 2008, at the invitation of Eugenio López Alonso, Ms. Mirvali was Executive Director of the Fundación/Colección Jumex, where she consolidated, and developed one of the most important collections of contemporary art for a private institution in Latin America. In 2011, invited by the arteBA Foundation, she curated the first international section of the Fair called U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedez Benz, to great success continuing to curate the 2012 & 2013 editions. In 2012 and 2013 Ms. Mirvali assumed the role of Curatorial Programs and Special Projects Director for newly emerging Galeri Mana in Istanbul, where she curated four critically praised exhibitions and publications by international contemporary artists. Since 2009 she has coordinated talks at Art Basel in both Basel and Miami.

Cortney Stell

Cortney Lane Stell is an independent curator and gallery director based in Denver, Colorado. Stell is currently the Gallery Director at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) in Denver, a campus housing four galleries, which show local, national, and international contemporary art. As an independent curator, Stell has curated numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally for museums, galleries, and large-scale art events. Stemming from an interest in arts as communication and experience, Stell has organized exhibitions that focus on artworks experimental in both conceptual and material nature, including solo exhibitions by Shirley Tse, Roger Herman, Mike and Doug Starn, Justin Cooper, and Jimmy Joe Roche. Trained as a studio artist, Stell holds a BFA from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is currently a PhD candidate in Media Communications at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.

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