March 13, 2008

Phong Bui, artist, curator, publisher

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Art curator Phong Bui will give the talk, "Hell, it's not just about painting!" on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Center Room (Room 256) of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University. The talk will be followed by a reception in the Samek Art Gallery.

Bui will speak about his curatorial experiences at P.S.1, publishing and editing at the Brooklyn Rail, and maintaining an active studio practice and exhibition schedule.

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
An artist, curator and publisher/editor, Bui is curatorial advisor for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, in Long Island City, N.Y.

An affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1 is one of the oldest and largest non-profit arts centers in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art.

"It stands out from other major arts institutions through its cutting-edge approach to exhibitions and direct involvement of artists within a scholarly framework," according to Dan Mills, curator of the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell.

Bui's numerous recent curatorial projects have included "Irrational Profusion," "Pip Chodorov, Harriet Korman, and Joanna Pousette-Dart," and "Orpheus Selection: In Search of Darkness."

He is publisher/editor of the Brooklyn Rail, a monthly periodical which offers critical perspectives on arts, politics, and culture in New York City and beyond, and of the Brooklyn Rail/ Black Square Editions, which focuses on experimental poetry, fiction, prose meditation, artists' writings, interviews with artists, and art criticism.

Bui has interviewed many artists and curators for "the Rail" including William Anatasi, Stephen Antanakos, John Elderfield, Dorothea Rockburne, Kiki Smith, and Robert Storr among many others. Praised by contemporary art writers, "The Rail" has won numerous critical awards from The Independent Press Association of New York, and the Utne Reader.

Bui exhibits his art frequently. His numerous installations over the last two years have won him the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Eric Isenbeurger Annual Prize for Installation from the National Academy Museum.

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Posted March 13, 2008