Experiencing art within, alongside, and away from the museum

Lecture by Anna Kharsani

October 19, 2019
Odesa, Ukraine


Anna Harsanyi is a curator, arts manager and educator. Her participatory projects and exhibitions have taken place within public and alternative spaces, exploring themes of memory, cultural identity, and collective experience. Harsanyi is the co-curator of In the Historical Present, an exhibition marking The New School’s centennial which features commissioned projects exploring the often hidden or dormant histories within the institution. She recently completed a project presenting artist engagements with the historic Essex Street Market in New York’s Lower East Side. She co-curated Hot & Cold: Revolution in the Present Tense, a public art project in Timișoara and Cluj, Romania which presented three artist projects about the 25th anniversary of the revolution that ended communism. In 2014, she was part of the team of curators who organized No Longer Empty’s exhibition Through the Parlor in a former beauty salon. Most recently, Harsanyi worked as the project manager for the Guggenheim Social Practice Initiative at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and she currently teaches at The New School.

Social practice is in its nature a medium that eschews institutional conditions. As a form that takes shape in various interdisciplinary and intangible ways, the ability of museums to be able to feature this type of work within their existing structures remains challenging. Guggenheim Social Practice (GSP) was an initiative that aimed at fostering new forms of public engagement through collaborations with artists. Anna Harsanyi’s talk was feature past GSP projects and the complex ways in which their development, implementation and evaluation intersected with existing institutional frameworks. In addition, Anna  discussed past curatorial projects in non-art spaces in order to consider ways that art can be experienced outside of an art context.

In her lecture, Anna Kharsani reflects on the nature of institutions, their potential and limitations. About the challenges that the curator is faced while trying to reconsider the hierarchy and position of the museum in the social life of the city, as well as the methods by which art works with the division of society.


The lecture was held in the within the Art Prospect Intensive. Organizers: CEC ArtsLink in a collaboration with Open Place Platform for Interdisciplinary Practice (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Oberliht Association (Chisinau, Moldova).

The Social Impact of Art in the Public Environment

Lecture by Kendal Henry

October 18, 2019
Odesa, Ukraine


Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and has specialized in the field of public art for over twenty-five years. He illustrates that public art can be used as a tool for social engagement, civic pride and economic development through the projects and programs he has initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Central Asia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the Caribbean.

Kendal Henry in his talk examined of how public art projects in America are funded. In particular, he told about the law, which is functioning in New York, according to which 1 % of the city budget for newly constructed or reconstructed buildings must to be spent on art. Kendal presented the criteria of how the decisions are made, as well as how the project budget is distributed. He demonstrated several projects implemented in the frame of the program. People who attended the lecture learned of how artists, educators and municipal governments use public art to highlight social issues, engage audiences to take action and influence policy.

Kendal Henry is currently the Director of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program and an adjunct professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He is a guest lecturer at various universities and educational institutions including the Abbey Mural Workshop at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts; Rhode Island School of Design Senior Studio; and Pratt Institute’s Arts and Cultural Management Program. Prior to that, he served as Manager of Arts Programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for eleven years, overseeing the commissioning, fabrication, and installation of MTA’s permanent art projects and producing temporary exhibitions at Grand Central Terminal.


The lecture was held in the within the Art Prospect Intensive. Organizers: CEC ArtsLink in a collaboration with Open Place Platform for Interdisciplinary Practice (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Oberliht Association (Chisinau, Moldova).

Shifting perspectives in contemporary art practices and work in communities

Lecture by Anneli Bäckman

10 May, 2018
Poltava, Ukraine


Anneli Bäckman. Curator, producer, editor and sometimes writer.She got MA in Curating Art from Stockholm University in 2007, BA in Philosophy / Critical Theory from London Metropolitan University in1999. From 2012 till now she is curator at the contemporary art centre Botkyrka konsthall, and international residency programme, Residence Botkyrka.

During the presentation Anneli Bäckman shared her experience and work with Botkyrka Konsthall on audience and community development through the use of contemporary art methods. She discussed the importance of self-reflection and the use of failure as a process of moving forward to learn and acquire new knowledge. Anneli identified methods that may be applied while working with communities to implement cultural projects. In addition, a number of relevant Swedish art and education initiatives will be presented that intend to engage with different age and social groups.

Curatorial practices and ways of social interactions

Lecture by Anna Karpenko

10 May, 2018
Poltava, Ukraine


Anna Karpenko is an independent curator and art manager (Minsk, Belarus).Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Belarusian State University, Master of Arts at the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania).

Anna Karpenko in her presentation focused on the role of the curator and social inclusion in the context of Belarus. She revealed the problems faced by cultural organisations, both independent and public, and the relations between them. As examples, Anna shared her experience of successful projects that are built on cooperation and collaboration, where art works becomes the result of communication and interaction.

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Radical museology

Lecture by Maciej Wołosiuk

20 March, 2015
Melitopol, Ukraine


Maciej Wołosiuk – culture expert, researcher of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw that was founded in 2005, temporarily situated, and leads their activity, in modernist pavilion in the heart of the capital. The major goal of the Museum is to acquire a collection of artworks to be presented in the new building that is going to be built to 2020. The museum held an extensive educational program related to contemporary art – film screenings, lectures, meetings, discussions and workshops. These activities are dynamic and open to the public that consistently draws a lot of residents and visitors alike. The museum organizes numerous artistic events outside of the institution, invading with contemporary art in the current space of the city.

The lecture was a part of the project At the heart of community which is realized in the frame of TANDEM – Cultural Managers Exchange Ukraine is an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and MitOst (Berlin). The programme is implemented by MitOst and Insha Osvita (Kyiv), supported by the Federal Foreign Office (Berlin) in the framework of Dialogue for Change.