Tina Rivers Ryan Appointed Assistant Curator at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Scholar, educator, and regular Artforum contributor Tina Rivers Ryan has been appointed to the newly created position of assistant curator at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Ryan has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Museum, MoMA PS1, and the ICA Boston. She has also taught courses on contemporary art at MoMA, Pratt, and Columbia University.

Janne Sirn, the Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of the Albright-Knox, said, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ryan to the Albright-Knox. A talented scholar and dynamic educator, she will be an integral member of our curatorial department. At the Albright-Knox we explore the art of our time globally while engaging our community in new and innovative ways. We are a small, highly motivated cross-disciplinary team and we immerse ourselves in collaborations with pioneering artists. Dr. Ryan will play an important role in our pursuit of excellence in all our endeavors.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and build upon the Albright-Knox’s permanent collection, which has long embraced the cutting edge, from the kineticism of the 1950s to the digital art of today,” stated Ryan.

May 10, 2017

From left: Rudolf Frieling and Ed Halter.

Ed Halter and Rudolf Frieling have been awarded a total of $60,000 for their writing and scholarship in the field of digital arts from the Thoma Foundation. Frieling will receive a $30,000 unrestricted award along with a $10,000 project grant, while Halter will be given a $15,000 unrestricted award and a $5,000 project grant. The jurors for this year’s awards were Michelle Kuo, Artforum’s editor in chief; Kathleen Forde, artistic director of Istanbul’s Borusan Contemporary; and Michelle Puetz, curator of collections and public programs at the Chicago Film Archives.

Halter, a longtime contributor to Artforum, is the founder and director of Brooklyn’s Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art. With Hessel Museum chief curator and director of Bard College’s graduate program Lauren Cornell, Halter edited the anthology Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (2015). In addition to Artforum, Halter has written for the Village Voice and 4Columns, among other publications. He is also a critic in residence at Bard.

Frieling is a curator of media arts at SFMoMA. Among Frieling’s most significant publications are Media Art Action (1997), Media Art Interaction (2000), and Media Art Net (2004–2005), all with Dieter Daniels. At SFMoMA, he published The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now (2008) and, most recently, Bruce Connor: It’s All True (2016) with Gary Garrels. Of the Bruce Conner exhibition Frieling organized with Garrels, Stuart Comer, Laura Hoptman, and Rachel Federman, critic Vince Aletti said in the December 2016 issue of Artforum: “It was all too much—but I kept going back for more. The show hit a high point immediately with a series of alarming witch’s-brew assemblages, barely…

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