TYPOLOGY relaunches as CRITICAL DISTANCE Centre for Curators (CDCC)


TYPOLOGY relaunches as Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC), a not-for-profit space and initiative devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond

TYPOLOGY was established at Artscape Youngplace in 2013 as an open platform for diverse curatorial and artistic practices and perspectives, and a forum for exhibition-making as a way to engage audiences from all walks of life. Building on our past three years of providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount their exhibitions within a critical framework, we are relaunching as a centre for curators this fall in response to the need, voiced to us by local and national curators, for a truly vital curatorial community—one that provides information, advocacy, opportunities, and resources for practitioners at all stages in their professional development.

As Critical Distance, we will continue to to produce a wide-ranging annual program of exhibitions and projects supported by the production of original publications, editions, and related events. At the same time we will embark upon an open and inclusive process to share information, explore ideas, establish key priorities, and develop new programs in support of curatorial practice and inquiry at local, national, and international levels.

We’re moving full steam ahead with the transition from TYPOLOGY to CDCC, with our updated identity, revised website, switched up social media pages, and shiny new signage at various stages of completion. Many of these changes will take place over time as we continue to test, finalize, and share, so thanks for your patience and feedback as we identify and address the inevitable hiccups that will result from our realtime migration.

Here’s where you can find us during our transition:

Our new site will be like our old site, but better! Information from our summer survey and roundtable is being incorporated into static pages for anyone to reference. Our newsletter will now emanate from criticaldistance.ca/news (formerly our blog, typologica) — subscribe for all the latest in your inbox. And curators and artists will soon be able to update their own profiles in our registry. Information/instructions will be sent to current registry members in the near future, and then annually as friendly reminders to keep your profile current.

Alas, the Book of Face does not allow changes to urls, so we’re saying farewell to our TYPOLOGY page and starting from scratch with Critical Distance. Help us get back to 700+ followers and more by liking our new page now — the news we share will never bum you out!

and twitter.com/CuratorsCentre
Instagram and Twitter allow changes to identity/url, so TYPOLOGY followers will notice we’ve updated these pages — no further action is necessary to stay on top of the latest from CDCC!

 facebook.com/TYPOLOGY, typology.tumblr.com, pinterest.com/typology
While we won’t be posting to these sites any longer, we will maintain the urls as archives for future reference. Some of the material on our TYPOLOGY website, such as past exhibitions and events, and current artist and curator profiles, will be migrated to the new site for ease of access.

In other exciting news:

Please join us in welcoming MIMI JOH-CARNELLA to the Critical Distance Executive Board
Mimi Joh-Carnella has worked as Assistant Director at Serge Sabarsky, Inc., a New York company that organized museum exhibitions of German and Austrian Expressionist art, and as Associate Director at Galerie St. Etienne, New York. She was also the US Representative for Kunsthaus Lempertz, an auction house in Cologne, Germany. Joh-Carnella holds degrees in Art History from Cornell University and OCAD U, where she wrote her masters research paper on manifestations of psycho-emotional disorders in contemporary new media art. She now teaches at OCAD U and is an active volunteer in the arts: Co-President of Partners in Art, a charitable organization that supports contemporary Canadian art; Board Chair of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto; Advisory Board member at Gallery TPW and Vibe: Arts for Children and Youth, a charitable community arts organization in Toronto; and a ROM Contemporary Culture Network member. We are thrilled to have Mimi’s support, enthusiasm, and experience in planning and programming contemporary art initiatives and exhibitions both locally and internationally.

Thanks also to newly confirmed Advisory board members, Vera Frenkel and Katie Lawson. For a full list of current participants and supporters, see Our People. We are in the process of filling out both boards and will announce new members as they are confirmed (new expressions of interest welcome at info (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca).

Call for participation:
In addition to board membership, Critical Distance provides valuable experience and opportunities to curators, artists, administrators, and arts enthusiasts through our submissions, residency, internship, and volunteer programs. Many of you have expressed interest in these opportunities through our summer survey, and if you provided your contact information, we will be in touch in the coming weeks and months (thanks for your patience). If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the survey, it’s still open and accessible here (5-10 mins to complete — do it!), and if you would like more information, including application guidelines, please visit the Opportunities overview and relevant pages. Anyone interested in participating, building, joining, and supporting a truly dedicated space and centre for curating is invited to get involved.

Upcoming events
We’ve got so much exciting news to share, we had to create a second update. See our next post for what’s in store!

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