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Curator John D. Spiak Leaving ASU Art Museum for Position in Santa Ana, Calif.

Arizona State University Art Museum announces that John D. Spiak, Curator, will be leaving the Museum in August for the opportunity to lead an institution’s vision as Director/Chief Curator of California State University, Fullerton’s, Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, Calif.

Spiak joined the ASU Art Museum as Curatorial Assistant in 1994, and served as Curator from 1997 until August 2011. In his almost 17 years with the Museum, he has been responsible for leading such initiatives as Moving Targets (video), Social Studies (social practice) and Night Moves (dance). In 1997 he founded the annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival, which he continued to direct, presenting the 15th annual festival  this past April. He’s been involved in strategic planning and fundraising efforts and has curated over 50 exhibitions, including solo projects with artists Pipilotti Rist, Josh Greene, Shirin Neshat, Jon Haddock, Angela Ellsworth, Nadia Hironaka and the recent project It’s not just black and white with artist Gregory Sale.

“It is bittersweet that I depart the ASU Art Museum and the Arizona arts community,” Spiak said. “This has been my home for 17 amazing years and the place where I was afforded the opportunity to develop my curatorial voice. This would not have been possible without the incredible support and guidance of Marilyn Zeitlin, Heather Lineberry and Gordon Knox. I have found inspiration throughout this community, from artists, gallerists, collectors, supporters and colleagues. I look forward to continuing these collaborations toward mutually beneficial projects, as well as retaining the many friendships that have developed for me and my family.”

 “John is as amazing a colleague as he is a curator,” said ASU Art Museum Director Gordon Knox. “From our internet presence to the Social Studies series to the video festival, John has pioneered the Museum’s current position. We will miss him among us on a daily basis. Although we are sad about his departure, this is a great move for him, and we are much better off for his contributions over the years. And to our continuing institutional collaborators at the Grand Central Art Center, I say, ‘Good on you! You have a wonderful and exciting ride ahead!’”

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July 19, 2011 at 1:10 am

I’m Keeping an Eye On You

I'm Keeping an Eye on You exhibition at ASU Art Museum

I'm Keeping an Eye on You exhibition at ASU Art Museum

Free Gallery Talk with Curator John Spiak:

Friday, Sept. 18 at 11am

Season Reception:

Friday, Oct. 9 from 7-9pm

*Exhibitions, receptions and talks are all FREE and open to the public! No reservations are required- just show up! Free parking is available for the museum at the northeast corner of Mill Ave. and 10th Street, just outside of the Ceramics Research Center, in museum-marked spaces.*

Through personal, established relationships, casual encounters, forced institutional interactions or contact from a safe distance, we often overstep our boundaries.  Whether we are conscious or not of our boundary-breaking,  we are all guilty at one time or another of intruding into other people’s lives and space. What may pass as  uneventful for one individual may be the cause of great anxiety and fear for another.  I’m Keeping an Eye on You explores the broad and lasting effects of our curiosity and intrusions upon others.

Artists featured in I’m Keeping an Eye on You include:

Mounira Al Solh (Amsterdam/Beirut), Rachel Garfield (London),

Charlotte Ginsborg (London), Pia Greschner (Berlin),

Myung-Soo Kim (Tempe), Yaron Lapid (London),

Jeff Luckey (New York/Berlin), Johnna MacArthur (Los Angeles)

Michael Mohan (Los Angeles), Corinna Schnitt (Hamburg).

I’m Keeping an Eye on You premiered as a Video Project Space in December of 2008 at Aqua Art Miami, Wynwood

http://aquaartmiami.com/

This project is generously made possible by:

Helme Prinzen Endowment @ ASU Art Museum

Skull Candy – http://www.skullcandy.com/

Aqua Art Miami – http://aquaartmiami.com/

I’m Keeping an Eye on You is an ASU Art Museum Moving Targets initiative:

http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/movingtargets/

We look forward to having you join us!

-Diane

September 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Aqua Art Miami!

I recently returned from Miami and the amazing art fair week! Through the extreme generosity of Aqua Art Miami, the ASU Art Museum presented I’m Keeping an Eye on You, a curated Video Project Space at Aqua Wynwood, as part of the ASU Art Museum Moving Targets Initiative.

Thanks to Aqua’s Jaq Chartier, Dirk Park, Joshua Weinberg and Bhavin Patel for their incredible energy and support. Thanks as well to the Scenic Group’s Craig Hensala, Simon Watson and Molly Myer for all their promotional efforts and networking support.

A thank you must also go to Jenea Sanchez for assistance in creating program material for the presentation in Miami. Thank you as well to the ASU Art Museum Advisory Board, specifically Eddie and Ellyce Shea, for hosting a preview event of the project at their home in Phoenix.

I must thank Heather Lineberry, Interm Director at the ASU Art Museum for her support in the Museum’s participation.

Lastly, this project would not be possible with out the over 425 artists who submitted work for review and made recommendations of artists for consideration, most specifically the ten artists selected for the final project; Mounira Al Solh, Rachel Garfield, Charlotte Ginsborg, Pia Greschner, Myung-Soo Kim, Yaron Lapid, Jeff Luckey, Johnna MacArthur, Michael Mohan and Corinna Schnitt. The process has been extremely rewarding and through it I have discovered numerous artists that I look forward to working with and presenting their work in future exhibitions.

I’m Keeping an Eye on You travels to the ASU Art Museum, premiering as a full scale exhibition in fall of 2009, so make your plans now to pay us a visit.

Here are some images that will give you a feel of the overall presentation at Aqua Wynwood.

Hope you enjoy!

John Spiak
Curator
ASU Art Museum

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner close-up

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner close-up

Text Panel and Notebooks with complete program information inside the exhibition space.

Text Panel and Notebooks with complete program information inside the exhibition space.

Rachel Garfield You're Joking! as it appeared in warm-up runs of the program

Rachel Garfield You're Joking! as it appeared in warm-up runs of the program

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

December 10, 2008 at 7:24 pm


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