2014 deFINE ART

2014 deFINE ART

Executive Director of Exhibitions, SCAD   | show bio

About Laurie Ann Farrell

Laurie Ann Farrell is executive director of exhibitions for the Savannah College of Art and Design. In this role she directs the exhibition program for all SCAD galleries in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and at the SCAD Museum of Art.

From 1999 to 2007, Farrell was curator at the Museum for African Art in New York City. Highlight exhibitions there include “Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art” (2004), “Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora” (2003) and “Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa” (1999). In 2006 she organized the American participation at the inaugural Trienal de Luanda with support and funding provided by the U.S. Department of State.

Farrell was a recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize with artist Kader Attia in 2010. Widely published in art journals, Farrell has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Africa, Europe and the Americas. Farrell earned a Master of Arts degree in art history and theory from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Recent exhibitions and special projects of note Farrell curated at SCAD include:
April 2, 2014
SCAD’s online deFINE ART exhibition for Curiator provides a glimpse into our showcase of contemporary art exhibitions and performances presented annually at the SCAD Museum of Art and satellite galleries in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong each February.

Among the highlights of deFINE ART 2014, SCAD commissioned new work, installations and performances by our deFINE ART honoree Alfredo Jaar, Jason Middlebrook, Jonah Bokaer and Tony Orrico. We also presented exhibitions and installations by Dustin Yellin, Nicola López, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. and Nathan Mabry and the first solo museum exhibitions in the United States for artists Tallur L.N. and Sam Nhlengethwa.

deFINE also explored the present moment in contemporary art with a keynote lecture by Jaar and special evening talks with Theaster Gates and New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, exhibitions by SCAD faculty, students and alumni. SCAD’s deFINE ART events, lectures and exhibitions are just a few of the innovative and creative ways we prepare student artists for successful creative careers. DeFINE ART offers a world-class contemporary art and performance program while also promoting new creative platforms for our students. This online exhibition shares some of these moments and experiences.
Mixed media installation, 2014. Commissioned by the Savannah College of Art and Design with support provided by the Ford Foundation.

Eleven c-prints mounted on Dibond, 1982. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

Hand printed black & white photograph on Baryta paper, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Mixed media on Mylar, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Gelatin silver print, 1980. Collection SCAD Museum of Art.

Archival inkjet print, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Mosaic on panel, 2013. Courtesy of Spier Architectural Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

Bronze, 2010. Courtesy of the artist, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

Choreographed performance, 2014, Commissioned by the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012, video installation. Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson.

Mixed media with found reclaimed wood, 2014. Commissioned by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Courtesy of the artist and Dodge Gallery, New York.

Bronze, coins and concrete, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Mixed media on canvas, 2005. Courtesy of the artist and private collection.

Mixed media, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Ink, graphite and paper collage on treated fine art paper, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Indigo, watercolor and xerograph on rag paper on panel, 2013. Created in collaboration with the students of the Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong.