30 Nov 2016
Mark Beasley is a curator and writer from the United Kingdom who is now based in Washington, DC. He is currently the Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Previously, Bealsey served as curator-at-large at Performa, the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines.. His recent projects there include Frances Stark and Mark Leckey's Put a Song in Your Thing at Abrons Theater; Robert Ashley's That Morning Thing at the Kitchen; Mike Kelley's Day Is Done at Judson Church; Arto Lindsay's Somewhere I Read; and the experimental music festival, co-curated with Mike Kelley, A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality. As a curator with Creative Time he curated Plot09: This World & Nearer Ones; Hey Hey Glossolalia: Exhibiting the Voice; and Javier Tellez's critically acclaimed film A Letter on the Blind. In 2011 he established the Malcolm McLaren Award at Performa, presented by Lou Reed to Ragnar Kjartansson. He is currently a fine arts Ph.D. candidate at Reading University, UK. His first LP with the group Big Legs is forthcoming on the London- and Amsterdam-based Junior Aspirin Records. Beasley co-facilitated, with Kathleen McLean, the 2013 iteration of the Center's project No Idea Is Too Ridiculous, and he contributed to Pigeons on the Grass: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field, published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2013.