2022 Viewpoint Lecture Series: Howie Chen and Candice Hopkins

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to welcome Howie Chen and Candice Hopkins for the 2022 Viewpoint Series. This program invites leading curators, critics and scholars of the contemporary art world for three separate visits to the UT Austin campus. Each visit lasts several days and is comprised of a joint public lecture, as well as private studio visits for current graduate students.

2022 visits will take place over February 1 – 3, March 1 – 3 and April 12 – 14. Details for public lectures are forthcoming. 


Howie Chen is a New York–based curator engaged in collaborative art production and research. A founding director of Chen’s, a townhouse gallery in Brooklyn, he has held curatorial roles at the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA PS1. His writings have been published by Primary Information and Badlands Unlimited and have appeared in magazines such as Artforum, Frieze, and Art in America. With artist Mika Tajima, he formed New Humans, a moniker for collaborations with musicians, artists and designers. He was the Jane Farver Memorial curator in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program and a board member of W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). Chen is the editor of the anthology Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network 1990-2001 (Primary Information, 2021), a comprehensive collection of writings, art projects, publications, correspondence, organizational documents, and other archival ephemera from the trailblazing Asian American artist collective that sought to stimulate social change through art and advocacy.  As a partner in curatorial consultancy Chen & Lampert, Chen co-publishes an advice column appearing monthly in Art in America. He is currently on the faculty of the NYU Steinhardt School.

Candice Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her writing and curatorial practice explores the intersections of history, contemporary art and indigeneity. She is Executive Director of Forge Project in Ancram, NY and Senior Curator of the 2022 edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art. Hopkins was part of the curatorial team for the Canadian Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale, featuring the work of the media art collective Isuma and co-curator of notable exhibitions including Art for New Understanding: Native Voices 1950s to Now; the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada; documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany; Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada and Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years in Winnipeg, MB. Her essays include “The Gilded Gaze: Wealth and Economies on the Colonial Frontier,” for the documenta 14 Reader, “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind, and “The Appropriation Debates” (or The Gallows of History), for MIT Press.

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