Lia Gangitano: Dead Flowers
Department of Art Spring 2012 Lecture Series
In 2001, Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, a not-for-profit art space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, presenting exhibitions by Virgil Marti, Charles Atlas, Kathe Burkhart, Michel Auder, and Renée Green, among others. As former curator of Thread Waxing Space, her exhibitions, screenings, and performances include Spectacular Optical (1998), Luther Price: Imitation of Life (1999), The Life Casts of Cynthia Plaster Caster: 1968–2000 (2000), Børre Sæthre: Module for Mood (2000), and Sigalit Landau (2001). She is editor of Dead Flowers (2010) and the forthcoming anthology, The Alternative to What? Thread Waxing Space and the '90s. As an associate curator, she cocurated Dress Codes (1993) and Boston School (1995) for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and edited the publications New Histories with Steven Nelson (1997) and Boston School (1995). She has contributed to publications including TRANS>arts.cultures.media, The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema, Lovett/Codagnone, and Whitney Biennial 2006–Day for Night. She has also served as a curatorial advisor for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate, with exhibitions including Lutz Bacher, My Secret Life (2009).