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New Methods is a publication that features the research conducted for New Methods, a three-day symposium at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami in May 2011, which examined the boom of independent artistic activity in Latin America. The symposium focused on artist-run organizations from throughout the region that have emerged from the need for independent education for working artists including: Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia; Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Casa Tres Patios, Medellin, Colombia; SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico; Capacete, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Kiosko Galeria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and Beta-Local, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The organizations involved have a focus on community building in their region; the promotion of education of practicing artists through the organization of lectures and facilitation of discussions about contemporary art; an investment in exchange by bringing international figures to their organizations through hosting guest artists and lectures or through artist residency programs; and non-profit status or the adherence to non-profit ideals.
The publication includes an essay by Ruba Katrib, the symposium organizer, responses from the eight organizations, and selected transcripts. Printed in English and Spanish, New Methods is a unique view into the practices and contexts of the organizations.
Ruba Katrib is the Curator at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York and is responsible for organizing exhibitions, educational and public programs, publications and for coordinating all aspects of program presentation. Previously Katrib was the Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami. There she organized the first comprehensive solo museum exhibitions of Cory Arcangel (2010) and Claire Fontaine (2010), and several acclaimed group exhibitions including The Possibility of an Island (2008), Convention (2009), The Reach of Realism (2009), and Modify, as needed (2011). She initiated performance and workshop programs at MOCA and organized the three-day New Methods symposium, which focused on independent artist initiatives throughout Latin America (2011). On the occasion of 20th anniversary of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Katrib was invited co-organized an in-depth two-day conference examining issues in contemporary curatorial practice (2012). She has also contributed texts to a number of publications and written for periodicals such at Artforum, ArtPapers, and Mousse Magazine.