Aaron Moulton: The Politics of Storytelling

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Reception, 6:15pm
Talk, 7pm
at the Carson City Library Auditorium
900 N Roop Street, Carson City

The Politics of Storytelling
CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk by Aaron Moulton

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is pleased to present, The Politics of Storytelling, by curator Aaron aaron moulton portraitLRMoulton as part of its Nevada Neighbors series of public talks. The talk will take place on Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm at the Carson City Library, 900 N Roop Street, Carson City. Preceding the talk, there will be an informal reception for Mr. Moulton at 6:15pm. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

In The Politics of Storytelling, Aaron Moulton will focus on what art exhibitions and exhibition-making aim to accomplish using both narrative and historical devices. He will illustrate the processes artists use develop and deliver stories through exhibitions to viewers with three exhibitions that he recently curated. Cantastoria, an exhibition about the mechanics of storytelling, shows how artists tell stories through languages, technologies, and news media. Each Memory Recalled Must Do Some Violence To Its Origins is an exhibition with twenty artists’ work based on Cormac McCarthy being held in perpetuity at an undisclosed ghost town somewhere in Utah. Communism Never Happened, an exhibition about how communism is remembered that took place Berlin at a famous site of the Berlin Wall on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall. Moulton will also present work by Utah artists Jason Metcalf and Bob Moss, artists whose work has become important to him during his time in Utah.

Aaron Moulton is the Senior Curator of Exhibitions for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. He received his Masters in Curating from the Royal College of Art in London. Prior to arriving in Utah he was founder of the exhibition space FEINKOST in Berlin. He is currently editor of the exhibitions quarterly AGMA as well as publisher of the satire anthology “An Art Newspaper: Special DECADE Issue”. He was editor for Flash Art International in Milan and worked as an editor for a variety of artist monographs in addition to working as an arts journalist around Europe and America.

As part of his Nevada Neighbors visit, Mr. Moulton will give his talk to art students and faculty at Douglas High School in Minden, Nevada and at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Carson City Library co-sponsors the Nevada Neighbors series with CCAI. CCAI is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Arts Council, City of Carson City, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John and Grace Naumann Foundation.

[photo credit: Morganne Wakefield]

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