12.09.2015 / David Spalding


Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 10am-12pm
1111 8th Street, Room W1, SF Campus

David Spalding (MA VCS 2002) is an award-winning American curator, arts writer and editor based. His 2006 SF Camerawork exhibition and publication “Ghosts in the Machine,” which grew out of his VCS thesis project, explored the ways that pieces of the past return to haunt the present in contemporary lens-based artwork. This received National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence Award and his curator walk-through was filmed for KQED television. From 2006 to 2009, Spalding was curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, the first international art center of its kind in China, where he helped to shape the arts program and organized solo exhibitions and new commissions with a variety of artists, including Meshac Gaba, Feng Mengbo, Mona Hatoum, Won Ju Lim, Navin Rawanchaikul, Lawrence Weiner, and Yin Xiuzhen. As an independent curator, Spalding has initiated many collaborative exhibition projects, both in Asia and the SF Bay Area. Recent projects include Weng Wei: Chasing Sites (Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing), Even in Arcadia (San Francisco Camerawork), Doublethink: The Art of Kata Legrady and Wang Luyan at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. A well-respected critic, Spalding has published more than one hundred texts on contemporary art in books and periodicals; he has contributed to Art Papers, Flash Art, Modern Painters, and Frieze magazines over the last decade. He was also the first China correspondent for Artforum and the founding editor-in-chief of the popular web platform ARTINFO China. In 2011, his writing about art was honored with an award from the Andy Warhol Foundation. He recently returned to the U.S. and is now running Haines Gallery (curating the space and creating public programs in partnership with other organizations) and working as an editor for the FOR-SITE foundation. He was editor of @ Large, AI Weiwei on Alcatraz 2014.