Curator and writer Fionn Meade talks about his curatorial practice and introduces three concepts arising from research done at the close of the 19th century by cultural thinkers involved in developing new applications within quickly expanding fields,
specifically anthropologist Franz Boas’ “secondary rationalization,” art historian Aby Warburg’s “pathosformel,” and sociologist Gabriel Tarde’s “quantification.” By thinking through these concepts together, Meade considers their shared traits as partial, even symptomatic methods, and how their insights question presumed trajectories of modernity, and might yet be relevant. Meade considers these concepts in relation to recent exhibitions Time Again, Nachleben, and Plaisance.
Fionn Meade is a writer and curator based in New York. He is currently a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and in the MFA program for Visual Arts, Columbia University. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include The Assistants at David Kordansky Gallery, and Plaisance, at Midway Contemporary Art. He has previously been a curator at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, and SculptureCenter, NY, where exhibitions included Scene, Hold, Ballast, with David Maljkovic and Lucy Skaer, and the exhibitions Time Again and Knight’s Move, a survey of new sculpture in New York. Additional recent exhibitions include Leopards in the Temple and Nachleben, co-organized with Lucy Raven at Goethe Institut, NY, which engaged Aby Warburg’s thinking, and After Images at the Jewish Museum of Belgium. He has worked with Tom Eccles on Rachel Harrison: Consider the Lobster and From 199A to 199B : Liam Gillick, and with Maria Lind on The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art at the Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries. His writing appears in Artforum, Bomb, Bidoun, The Fillip Review, Mousse, Modern Painters, Parkett, and Spike Quarterly, among other publications. He was the recipient of an Arts Writer Grant from Creative Capital and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Recent and forthcoming catalog writing includes essays on Nina Canell and Laure Prouvost, as well as Uri Aran and Elad Lassry for the Kunsthalle Zürich (JRP/Ringier), and Mark Morrisroe for the Fotomuseum Winterthur (JRP/Ringier).