Abigail Winograd and Dieter Roelstraete - Introduction
The Other Transatlantic. Theorizing Kinetic & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America

"The Other Transaltantic. Kinetic & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America" is a project in which we look at a brief, but historically significant moment in the post-war period (between 50s and 70s) when the trajectories of the Central and Eastern European art scenes on the one hand and their Latin American counterparts on the other converged in the shared enthusiasm for Kinetic and Op Art.

Introduction or An Invitation to Hypothesize by Abigail Winograd, Independent Curator and Curatorial Fellow Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, and Dieter Roelstraete, Curator Documenta 14.

Abigail Winograd

is currently a Curatorial Fellow at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, an independent curator, and writer. She earned a PhD in art history, at the University of Texas at Austin. Abigail is a former Research Associate at the MCA Chicago where she was also the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow. She also served as a graduate curatorial fellow at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. Abigail has additional degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Northwestern University. She is the recipient of several fellowships, has contributed to several museum catalogues, published academic articles, presented papers in the US, Europe, and South America, and contributed to publications such as Bomb, Frieze, and Art Forum.

Dieter Roelstraete

is currently a member of the curatorial team convened by artistic director Adam Szymczyk to organize Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017. From 2012 until 2015 he was the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where he organized Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A (2012); The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology (2013); Simon Starling: Metamorphology (2014); The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now (2015, co-curated with Naomi Beckwith); and Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (2016, co-curated with Ian Alteveer and Helen Molesworth). From 2003 until 2011 he was a curator at the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art (MuHKA), where he organized large-scale group exhibitions as well as monographic shows, including Emotion Pictures (2005); Intertidal, a survey show of contemporary art from Vancouver (2005); The Order of Things (2008); Liam Gillick and Lawrence Weiner-A Syntax of Dependency (2011); A Rua: The Spirit of Rio de Janeiro (2011); Chantal Akerman: Too Close, Too Far (2012) and the collaborative projects Academy: Learning from Art (2006), The Projection Project (2006), and Kerry James Marshall: Paintings and Other Stuff (2013). In 2005, Roelstraete co-curated Honoré d’O: The Quest in the Belgian pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. He has also organized solo exhibitions of work by Roy Arden (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2007) and Steven Shearer (De Appel, Amsterdam, 2007), as well as group shows in galleries and institutions in Belgium, Germany and Mexico. From 2007 until 2011 he taught at De Appel’s curatorial training program in Amsterdam and at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. He is currently a member of the Thought Council, a curatorial brain trust for the Fondazione Prada in Milan and Venice. A former editor of Afterall and cofounder of the journal FR David, Roelstraete has published extensively on contemporary art and related philosophical issues in numerous catalogues and journals including Artforum, Art Review, e-flux journal, Frieze, Metropolis M, Monopol, Mousse Magazine, Parkett, and Texte zur Kunst.

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