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Bill Arning, a New York-based independent critic and curator, has been selected as curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Mr. Arning will take up his post at the List Center in April.
List Center Director Jane Farver said she is "delighted" with Mr. Arning's appointment. "His knowledge of contemporary artists and his remarkable energy and enthusiasm will make a wonderful addition to the staff of the List and to the Boston art scene," she said.
As chief curator of the alternative space White Columns from 1985-96, Mr. Arning organized the first New York exhibitions for many significant American and international artists of the period. A board member of AICA-USA, the international art critics association, he is also a frequent writer on art for such magazines as Time Out New York, the Village Voice, Art in America, World Art, Trans, Poliester and Bomb.
In addition, Mr. Arning has authored catalogue essays for museums, alternative spaces and galleries around the world. He is currently an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and New York University's Graduate School of the Arts, and he recently taught an advanced graduate seminar at the Rhode Island School of Design.
A frequent lecturer and visiting critic at museums and art schools in Europe and the Americas, his recent curatorial projects include New York Neither/Nor at Grand Arts in Kansas City, MO; The Erotics of Denial for the E.S. Vandam curatorial project space in New York City; The Everson Biennial at the Everson Museum Syracuse, NY; Maricas, Una Comunicado de EE. UU. (Faggots -- A Communiquï¿½ from North America) at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; and The Most Important Thing In The World (Oasis vs. Blur) for the (Alternative) Alternative Art Fair in New York. He has organized Achieving Failure: Gym Culture 2000 for Thread Waxing Space in New York, which opens March 24 and travels to the Cleveland Center of Contemporary Art this summer.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 15, 2000.