Open Call for Curatorial Proposals

Young Curators, New Ideas IV 
mr. & mrs. amani olu, in conjunction with Meulensteen, are accepting curatorial proposals for Young Curators, New Ideas IV, opening at the gallery on June 7, 2012. Below is a brief about the exhibition along with submission guidelines. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact amani olu or visit.
Young Curators, New Ideas
Young Curators, New Ideas IV is an experimental group exhibition that broadly examines the intersection between curatorial practice and modes of artistic production. YCNI seeks to provide a venue for emerging curators to develop their practice, experiment with ideas, form relationships with artists and expand their presence within the contemporary art community. In the past, YCNI has supported projects by Karen Archey, Jon Feinstein, Laurel Ptak, Jose Ruiz, James Shaeffer, Lumi Tan and Cleopatra’s, to name a few.
Submission Guidelines
Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2012, 6PM, PST
Notification: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
For consideration, please send the following to
+ One-page curatorial proposal limited to no more than three artists
+ Curatorial CV
+ 250-word or less bio for each artist
+ Five images for each artist
Image Submission
+ Submit each image as a low-resolution, 72dpi, .jpg
+ Resize each image to 600 pixels in width (not in height or length)
+ Rename each image with the proposed artist?s name (ex. john_doe1.jpg, john_doe2.jpg, john_doe3.jpg, etc.)
Please do not send high-resolution images (300dpi), CMYK or TIFF files.
Submission Organization
A correct submission includes:
+ One-page exhibition proposal
+ Curatorial CV
+ One document with artists? bios
+ Images (If you are proposing more than one artist, then organize each artist?s set of images in a respective folder)
Create zip file of the above contents, rename the file with your name and send as an attachment to
Additional Details
+ Each curator will receive a small stipend, and transportation, installation and administrative support
+ Curators from all geographic locales are encouraged to apply
+ Be ambitious: Meulensteen is a 7,000 square foot space located on the ground floor in Chelsea, NYC
+ Each proposal should be theoretical, based on +/- 150 square feet of available space.  No two spaces will be the same.  All work will need to be packed and available for pick-up in the Greater NYC area by June 1st, and install will occur June 4th ? 6th.
amani olu (b. 1980) is an independent curator, writer, essayist and co-founder and executive director of Humble Arts Foundation, a New York based 501c3 committed to supporting and promoting new art photography. He is producer, designer and co-curator of The Collector?s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2, published by Humble. In addition to his work as a non-profit arts director, he also organizes the annual Young Curators, New Ideas exhibition. olu?s 2012 curatorial projects include: Young Curators, New Ideas IV at Meulensteen; Welcome to Tomorrow, Syracuse University’s MFA Thesis Exhibition at Dumbo Arts Center; Small Works at Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival in Boston and The Invisible Line, a solo presentation by artist Ellen Jong at Allegra LaViola. His projects have been reviewed and featured in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, ARTnews, Time Out NY, Code, and AM New York, as well as online at Art in America, Bomblog, Cool Hunting, Daily Serving and Flavorwire. olu recently penned the catalog essay for Welcome to Tomorrow, Syracuse University’s 2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition and for Herald, Rashaad Newsome’s debut exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea. His writing includes interviews with William Eggleston and Gottfried Helnwein, and profiles on K8 Hardy, Elad Lassry, Rashaad Newsome and David Benjamin Sherry. He lives and works in New York and is a proud member of New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).
Meulensteen is a contemporary art gallery representing several conceptually rigorous emerging and established artists.  Formerly known as Max Protetch, in the fall of 2009 the gallery was acquired by Edwin Meulensteen, under whose leadership the gallery continues to push conceptual and geographic boundaries in exhibition programming. Following an extensive renovation of its three exhibition spaces, the gallery reopened in September of 2010 as Meulensteen.  Recent exhibitions include Italian artist Andrea Galvani?s first New York City solo exhibition entitled A Few Invisible Sculptures; Ann Pibal?s DRMN? featuring a catalogue essay by Robert Storr; Oliver Herring?s Areas for Action, an ambitious month-long series of performances; and In a Perfect World…, a group exhibition curated by James Elaine showcasing a new generation of Chinese artists.
For additional information, please contact amani olu at

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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