AURORA is thrilled to present its fifth biennial exhibition, helmed by curator Noam Segal, in the fall of 2020. Following the global reach of AURORA 2018’s main exhibition "Future Worlds” and Expanded program, our 2020 show will feature regional, national and international artists who push the boundaries of what technology-based contemporary art can be. Alongside the main outdoor exhibition, we will present a week-long series of site-specific installations, performances and more as part of the AURORA Expanded program. As always, the events will remain free of charge and open to the public, with the underlying goal of unifying the art community and its supporters through a shared desire to inspire our future.
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Megan Arzaga, Brett Bolton, Benton Corder: Infusia, AURORA Expanded 2018 @ WAAS Gallery. Photo by Paperlyte
AURORA’s 2020 curator Noam Segal is based in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Israel. She is an independent curator and writer who received her Ph.D. in the Hermeneutics and Culture department at Bar Ilan University (Tel Aviv) after completing an MA in philosophy and BA in philosophy and political science. Focused on contextualizing and supporting artists to produce new media and performance works, her curatorial practice has led her to work with numerous artists, museums and non-profits around the world. She's presented the work of artists such as Neïl Beloufa, Pope.L, Sharon Hayes, Anri Sala, Ulla Von Brandenburg and Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz at prestigious international biennials and institutions, including the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), MOCO (Montepellier, France), Performa (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among others.
As of January 2020, Segal will be a visiting scholar in the department of performance studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is also a faculty member of the MFA program at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem) and a visiting faculty member of the MFA program in the department of painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns are AURORA’s 2020 Associate Curators. Working together with 2020 Curator Noam Segal, they will support the realisation of our most exciting biennial exhibition to date, coming this November.
|In 2018, Johnson and Burns co-founded Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, an outdoor exhibition space on a one-acre plot of land in West Dallas. Since opening, they have worked with over 100 local and international artists, students from universities in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, and various organizations and institutions, like the Dallas Boys & Girls Club, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and North Park Center.|
Johnson, who received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, is currently a visiting lecturer in sculpture at the Southern Methodist University and Burns received his MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Before moving to Dallas, they both lived and worked in New York. Most recently, they have been awarded a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture center and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in conjunction with Wassiac Projects to continue their work with Sweet Pass.
Photo courtesy of Nan Coulter