September 1, 2006 - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - Hall Curatorial Fellowship Awarded to Thomas Trummer
September 1, 2006

Hall Curatorial Fellowship Awarded to Thomas Trummer

Thomas Trummer, Photo: Terri Garneau

Hall Curatorial Fellowship Awarded to Thomas Trummer

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT
tel 203.438.4519

The Trustees of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum are pleased to announce that the first international Hall Curatorial Fellowship has been awarded to Thomas Trummer of Vienna, Austria. Mr. Trummer will curate an exhibition entitled Voice and Void, which will be on view at The Aldrich from September 16, 2007 to February 24, 2008.

The Hall Fellowship allows The Aldrich to cast a wider, more international net, and bring new artists and ideas to the Museum. Curators living outside the U.S. are invited to submit proposals for exhibitions. These submissions are evaluated by distinguished members of the art community. Jurors for this years Fellowship included Kasper Koenig, director, Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Susanne Ghez, director, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; and Harry Philbrick, director of The Aldrich. They selected Mr. Trummer from a pool of applicants that included curators from China, South Korea, Britain, Sweden, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Iran.

The jurors were impressed by Trummers ambitious, well-conceived proposal to create an exhibition involving sound, voice, and languageall areas of abiding and increasing interest amongst artists and curatorsas well as his experience as a curator and extensive résumé as a writer. Trummers exhibition will consider the human voice in avant-garde art for the past forty years. Voice and Void attempts to illustrate how presence of voice has the ability to fill space; and the marked absence of voice represents a void. Nothingness is inaudible, as emptiness and vacuum are invisible, yet both are present in space.

To be eligible for the Hall Curatorial Fellowship, an applicant must be an art professional with a focus on contemporary art, and a citizen of and resident of a country other than the United States of America. The applicant must be proficient in English, have prior experience as a curator or co-curator of at least three professional exhibitions of contemporary art, and be able to travel to the United States.

The Museum is grateful to Andy and Christine Hall for their generous support of this project.

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