Ruba Katrib is the Associate Curator at MOCA North Miami. She has been responsible more many world class exhibitions, including the recent showing of Ryan Trecartin’s Any Ever and Cory Arcangel: The Sharper Image, the first US museum survey of the artist’s work. Here, she talks about her favorite parts of the internet.
1)East of Borneo just celebrated their one-year anniversary. They are an online magazine based in Los Angeles that often takes the city as a starting point in their articles and other online content. I think they’re doing an excellent job of creating an interactive format that merges art with text in a satisfying manner. You can get definitely get lost in a good way searching through the site.
2) I was actually turned on to Dangerous Minds by a friend and co-worker, Kevin Arrow. He is constantly rambling about different things I should check out, but this site is actually a keeper. Always updated with different pop culture tidbits and oddities.
3) This is a creepy and amazing documentary on the American Juggalo movement directed by Sean Dunne. I actually connected to it through Dangerous Minds, but it is a must watch.
4) After Bellmer is an online quarterly launched by artist and friend Talia Chetrit and Cortney Andrews. The website hosts a text and selection of artworks that stem around a particular theme or topic—usually dealing with contemporary feminism and the photographic image—chosen by a guest curator, critic, historian, artist, etc. I will actually be contributing to the next issue, but I am really excited about After Bellmer as a thoughtful platform for a particular kind of focused investigation and display of artwork.
5) I check this site daily, sometimes several times a day if needed. Cuteoverload is an instant pick me up, no medication required.
6) I had a fantastic experience working with the artist Fritz Haeg for an exhibition I curated in 2009 at MOCA, Convention. He was awarded the Rome Prize shortly afterward and moved to the American Academy in Rome. Prior to his departure he set up a wikidiary and logs his daily adventures, recommendations, travels, etc. It’s actually very rewarding to follow Fritz!
7) The Office of Contemporary Art Norway has a great website and they regularly live stream and post lectures that they host on their audiovisual archive. They initiated a series of lectures called The State of Things in conjunction with this year’s Venice Biennale and many of these lectures are also now online.
I have a fondness for astrology, I actually visited Brenda Brush in Hollywood, FL for a reading several months ago, I think she was pretty good. She includes a section called Daily Data on her site and it gives that day’s astro-breakdown no matter what your sign. It can be a helpful forecasting tool.
9) Pablo Leon de la Barra is a Mexican curator based in London. His blog, Center for the Aesthetic Revolution, details his extensive travels and art viewing. It’s a great way to get a sense of exhibitions and events taking place in Europe, but also in Latin America, where he often documents exhibitions that are harder to see or find out about elsewhere online.
10) Contemporary Art Daily is incredibly simple in its concept. It’s only about a couple years old, but has become a must stop for their selected daily feature on an exhibition. Focusing primarily on install shots (press releases are available after selecting the exhibition) CAD makes it possible to quickly and easily view exhibitions taking place internationally.