Cross-Border Dialogues: Tarah Hogue and Pablo Barrera

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Cross-Border Dialogues
Tarah Hogue and Pablo Barrera

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 | 6:30 – 8 pm EDT
Free | Online | Zoom
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Join us on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30pm EDT, for the next iteration of Cross-Border Dialogues, a series organized and moderated by Sally Frater, featuring curators Tarah Hogue (Adjunct Curator, Indigenous Art, Remai Modern) and Pablo Barrera (Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City).

Cross-Border Dialogues is a series of conversations between arts programmers based in Canada and the United States, addressing a range of topics including the philosophies that inform their work, their methods for engagement, and the role of pedagogy and community outreach in their respective practices. This session will see Barrera and Hogues reflecting on the specificity and expansiveness of the role of stewardship in their respective practices.

Cross-Border Dialogues is presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Guelph Community Foundation.

Tarah Hogue is a curator, writer, and cultural worker based in Treaty 6 and 7 territories and the homeland of the Métis in what is now known as Canada. Working alongside artists and communities, she curates to nurture knowledge, relationships, and the emergence of otherwise worlds. Her practice often attends to the complexities of place, movement/migration, and Indigeneity through collaborative and conciliatory approaches. Currently, Hogue serves as the Adjunct Curator (Indigenous Art) at Remai Modern in Saskatoon, where her curatorial and institutional efforts are focused on supporting Indigenous self-determination. Two recent curatorial projects include the group exhibition, Storied Objects: Métis Art in Relation, curated with advisor Sherry Farrell Racette, which received a 2023 AAMC Award for Excellence, and the mid-career survey, Adrian Stimson: Maanipokaa’iini. Hogue has authored catalogue essays for artists such as Maureen Gruben, Tania Willard, Henry Tsang, and Jin-me Yoon, and her writing has been published in C Magazine, Canadian Art, The Capilano Review, and elsewhere. Hogue is Red River Métis as well as having white settler ancestry.

Pablo N. Barrera (Wixáritari) joined Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center as the inaugural Curatorial Fellow before being promoted to Associate Curator. In 2024, he stepped down from his previous role and was named Adjunct Curator appointed to the upcoming retrospective, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: Honor Song, scheduled to open in spring of 2025. Barrera collaborates with local art communities to produce exhibitions and explore innovative strategies to support formal/informal learning of art. He is committed to raising public awareness of Indigenous artistic practices through generating gallery experiences that invite audiences of all backgrounds to engage with art. He has independently curated shows in London, Seoul, and New York.

Barrera’s achievements include being among the first cohort of curators at NXTHVN Art Space (Connecticut) and serving as graduate advisor for Yale University Art Gallery’s first student-led Native American art exhibition. He has written on the artistic representation of cultures that experienced colonization, including a co-authored chapter on Korean vernacular architectural heritage (Springer International) and a paper on Mesoamerican art production as part of the Columbian Exchange between Colonial Spain and East Asia (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute).

Barrera holds master’s degrees from Yale University (History of Art) and Harvard University (Regional Studies: East Asia) and a bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania (History of Art). He is a Paul and Daisy Soros fellow (2012) and a Fulbright scholar (2011). Barrera was born in Chicago to immigrant parents; his father is a member of the Wixáritari community near Mazamitla, Jal., Mexico, where Pablo spent his formative years. Pablo is a first-generation high school, college, and grad-school graduate, and he works to amplify the invaluable role Indigenous artistic perspectives contribute toward globalizing the arts.

Sally Frater is the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean. Curatorially she is interested in decolonial praxis, space and place, Black and Caribbean diasporas, photography, art of the everyday, and issues of equity and representation in museological spaces. She has curated solo and group exhibitions for institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Guelph, the Ulrich Museum of Art, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, Project Row Houses, and Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice. Frater has also completed fellowships and residencies with Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, UT Dallas Centraltrak, Southern Methodist University, Project Row Houses and Art21. Frater is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators and is an alumna of Independent Curators International. She is the Senior Curator/Curatorial Manager at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, SK.

To register for upcoming conversations and view recordings of past discussions, visit: Cross-Border Dialogues online >

Coming up:

Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 pm EDT on zoom
Bana Kattan (Paula Halper Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago) and Vicky Moufawad-Paul (Curator/Director, ASpace Gallery, Toronto). Moderator: Nasrin Himada (Associate Curator, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston)
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Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 pm EDT on zoom
Tarah Hogue (Adjunct Curator, Indigenous Art, Remai Modern, Saskatoon and Pablo Barrera (Adjunct Curator, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma). Moderator: Sally Frater (Senior Curator, Remai Modern, Saskatoon)
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Past discussions:

Cross-Border Dialogues: Crystal Mowry and Daniel Atkinson
Cross-Border Dialogues: Julie Crooks and Kelli Morgan
Cross-Border Dialogues: Ryan Rice and heather ahtone
Cross-Border Dialogues: Michelle Jacques and Kimberli Gant
Cross-Border Dialogues: Tamara Toledo and Marcela Guerrero

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