GLOBAL INITIATIVE: International Curatorial Research Program (ICRP) - Lecture
Hendrik Folkerts, Curator of Performance, Film, & Discursive Programs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
07.15.2014 | 7:30pm | Night Gallery

Public Programming—The Museum as Expanded Stage

In the context of museums and public art institutions, public programming has become one of the most innovative and relevant platforms, on which manifold themes and issues within and beyond contemporary art can be investigated, questioned and expanded. Today however, it seems that each institution has its own interpretation of what a public program consists of or encompasses. Is it part of an education initiative? The marketing department? or the curatorial program? Within these wide-ranging positions, how can we envision different models for conceiving of public programs? What is the relationship between public programming and exhibition-making or curating?
At the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Public Program was launched in 2010 and subsequently developed as a curatorial space within the institution. Ranging from performance, media, film to discursive practices, the Public Program at the Stedelijk is fully integrated with the museum's curatorial fabric, thereby enabling it to function as a catalyst for ideas, alliances and new initiatives. In this lecture, Hendrik Folkerts,  Founding Curator of the Stedelijk's Public Program, discusses the vision and structure of the program; reflects on its future within the contexts of the Stedelijk and the broader Dutch art scene; and puts forth a series of timely critical questions and propositions around the growing interests for public programming within museums and art institutions. Furthermore, Folkerts will attempt to arrive at a preliminary sketch of the state of this relatively recent development in contemporary art and museum practice. At the center of his lecture is a question about the potential of public programs and their changing role in the cultural institution of our time.



Hendrik Folkerts is Curator of Performance, Film & Discursive Programs at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam since 2010. He studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in contemporary art and theory, feminist practices and contemporary curatorial practices. Folkerts curated the Public Program of the Temporary Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum, a special interim program that was presented from August 2010 until October 2011, as well as Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @ (TS3) from October 2011 until September 2012. Developed in close collaboration with various partner institutions and executed at their locations throughout Amsterdam, the innovative program of TS3 featured performances, small-scale exhibitions, lectures and public interviews, symposia, film screenings, music, and book presentations. Following the grand reopening of the Stedelijk Museum in September 2012, Folkerts continued the Performance, Film & Discursive Programs in the museum, working with such artists as Alexandra Bachzetsis, Pablo Bronstein, VALIE EXPORT, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sharon Hayes & Brooke O'Harra, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Ulrike Rosenbach, Emily Roysdon, Hito Steyerl, and Wu Tsang. Prior to his position at the Stedelijk Museum, Folkerts was co-coordinator of the Curatorial Program at De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam from 2009 until 2011. Folkerts frequently publishes in journals and on platforms such as Metropolis M, The Journal for Art and Public Space, Afterall Online, Tubelight, and for the Stedelijk Museum (Bureau) Amsterdam. Folkerts is co-editor of Shadowfiles: Curatorial Education (Amsterdam: de Appel Arts Centre, 2013) and Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective (Amsterdam: AUP, forthcoming 2014).

Special thanks to Mieke Marple, Davida Nemeroff, and Night Gallery.

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