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Art Forum - Erin Sickler


Noted artists, critics, theorists and curators from Australia and abroad speak about their work

Start Date

30 Aug 2013 12:30 pm

End Date

30 Aug 2013 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre (behind the cafeteria on level one) at the Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart

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ArtsForum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hobart). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Erin SicklerBorn in the post-industrial city of Schenectady, New York, Erin Sickler is a sometimes artist, writer and art organizer who lives nowhere but calls New York home.  She earned her BA at Oberlin College and completed an interdisciplinary Master’s degree at New York University, where she studied the way that co-arising social and institutional forms—the museum, the international expo, the nation-state—led to particular art forms and discourses, especially around cultural difference. Because she has a poor memory, her heart is closer to ethnography than to history. She was a 2010 Fellow at the Smithsonian’s Latino Center.

Since 2007, she has worked as a curator while continuing to participate in collective artistic and political experiments.  She has worked at PS1/MoMA and was Assistant Curator at the Queens Museum of Art before becoming Gallery Director for 601Artspace. From 2008 to 2012, she was the US Listings editor for the Swiss art magazine Kunst Bulletin.

She is a founding member of Arts and Labor, a group that arose out of the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 to address inequalities in the art economy, and the economy at large.  She has spoken internationally on art, activism and alternative economies. Her writing has appeared in catalogs as well as in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, various art blogs, and the academic journals October and Rethinking Marxism. Her current interests tend towards the esoteric as she seeks to unite an interest in artists who foreground presence in their work—such as composer John Cage and feminist performance artist Linda Montano—with her own Buddhist practice. She recently decided to enter the 21st century and now attempts to track her wandering mind at

image credit: Erin Sickler, Port Arthur jail cell with maggie and rainbow,