The Biennial was quite an experience, with an almost overwhelming amount of work packed into five floors, and the opportunity to hear Anthony Elms speak about curating the exhibition. Elms is an associate curator at the ICA and one of three curators who worked on this year’s biennial. Students and faculty had the chance to hear him describe what it was like picking out which artists to show, and the obstacles that arose in fitting all of the work into the space. He spoke about the application process for becoming a curator and how instead of proposing specific artists and themes, his proposal was a list of questions he was asking about contemporary art. He explained how he wanted his floor to slow things down and pay attention to detail, to be cohesive but also touch on multiple themes.
After the talk from Anthony Elms, everyone had the option to go gallery hopping throughout the city with Photography Professor Brent Wahl or spend their time on their own. The opportunity to gallery hop with Professor Wahl meant seeing many of the galleries in the Chelsea area. Between the biennial, hearing Anthony Elms speak, and the galleries visits with Professor Wahl, it was a great trip and a privilege for the students.