Alex Klein

Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Senior Curator


As the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Curator, Klein organizes exhibitions, new commissions, public programs, publications, and initiatives. She is passionate about working directly with artists, among them Michelle Lopez, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Sondra Perry, Trevor Shimizu, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Barbara Kasten, Ane Graff, and Linda Goode Bryant. Her work centers dialogue and collaboration, in particular I Is for Institute, a website, podcast, and a series of exhibition partnerships that reimagine institutional models for arts organizations.

Prior to joining ICA, Klein held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Her writing has been published widely, including in Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good, The Human Snapshot, How Soon Is Now?, and the critical volume on photography Words Without Pictures, which she also edited. Klein’s background as an artist, art historian, and independent publisher is deeply tied to her curatorial ethos.

Klein holds an MFA from UCLA, Los Angeles, an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in art history from Columbia University, New York.

Excursus IV: Primary InformationExcursus III: Ooga BoogaFirst Among EqualsExcursus II: East of BorneoExcursus I: Reference Library—Up on My Back, and I Will Take You ThitherICA@50: Pleasing Artists And Publics Since 1963AVANT-GARDEner: Ian Hamilton Finlay / Between Object and Environment: Sculpture in an Extended Format (1969)Vishal Jugdeo: An Education in the Logic of the Leaves / Joan Jonas/Stage Sets (1976)Morgan Fisher: Scratched Aspect Ratio Pieces / Hollis Frampton: Recollections, Recreations (1986)Barbara Kasten: StagesJulia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Consider the BelvedereMyths of the MarbleNathalie Du Pasquier, BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENTBroadcasting: EAI at ICASuki Seokyeong Kang: Black Mat OrioleScreening: Bernadette Corporation Hell Frozen Over & Get Rid of YourselfExcursus IV: Video Art 1975Excursus IV: Music LessonsExcursus IV: ConversationExcursus IV: Card CatalogExcursus IV: Angie and OttoLecture & Music: James Goggin & Lattimore/Zeigler DuoLecture: Hilton Als on “Diane Arbus in Manhattan”Excursus IV: David SeniorExcursus IV: ConversationConversation: Richard Meyer & Judith TannenbaumPerformance: Frances Stark at International HouseExcursus IV: The ChapbookOpening and Walkthrough: Spring 2013Performance: Leif Elggren That Little Idiot Telling TruthExcursus IV: ConversationExcursus IV: Some < Emails >Excursus IV: ConversationExcursus IV: ConversationExcursus IV: Open SeminarExcursus IV: ConversationExcursus IV Opening Program: Primary InformationBrian Weil Gallery Talk with Jeanne VaccaroCurator Talk and Conversation: Brian WeilFilm Screening: CleopatraExcursus III: Lucky DragonsExcursus III: Beckwith & ValeExcursus III: Skype TalkExcursus III: Coffee & ConversationICA Salon: Folk / SubcultureExcursus III: Club NutzExcursus III: Cory Arcangel and Hanne MugaasScreening: Arbeit and In Free FallExcursus III: Don’t Need YouExcursus III: Coffee & ConversationExcursus III: Dean Allen SpuntICA Salon: Sound/MusicExcursus III: MadchesterMy Barbarian PerformanceExcursus III: Coffee & ConversationICA Salon: Staging/RestagingExcursus III: Tape Crackers & Fiorucci Excursus III: Making BooksRobinson in Ruins at International HouseExcursus III: CounterfeitsExcursus III Opening Program: Ooga BoogaScreening: Bowie and BanhamBachelor Party: Marcel Duchamp’s Birthday Party with Will Holder“Is Your Leisure Time Private?”Wu Tsang: WILDNESS ScreeningBodega: Performance Series with Xavier ChaBodega: Performance Series with Jen RosenblitMachete Group: AttentionMachete Group: UnsearchableKathryn Andrews: Performative SculptureReturn of the New-Recent Film/Video Works from the UK: Two Years at SeaBodega: Performance Series with Yve Laris CohenMachete Group: IntentionReturn of the New-Recent Film/Video Works from the UK: What is Not and Slow ActionFree For All: Spring 2012Bodega: Performance Series with Elizabeth OrrOpening and Walkthrough: Spring 2012Bodega: Performance Series with Nick Paparone and Pooneh MaghazeheMachete Group: Dictionary of the PresentExcursus II: The World GameExcursus II: Esther McCoy, Anne TyngLecture: George BakerExcursus II: I AM A MONUMENT IIExcursus II: Tea & Conversation: Marina Isgro and First Among EqualsOpening and Walkthrough: Spring 2012Excursus II: I AM A MONUMENT IExcursus II: Barnes MethodExcursus II: MAI de 1968People’s Conference with Jens Hoffman and Harrel FletcherExcursus II: Ciné-TractsConversation: Anne Wagner & Kaja SilvermanExcursus II: An Open ForumExcursus II: Tea & ConversationDiscussion: Pictures and PropsExcursus II Opening Reception: East of BorneoScreening: The Forgotten Space with an Introducton by Allan SekulaThe Demonstrators Also Waited: A Conversation with Allan Sekula and Kaja SilvermanExcursus I: Dead FlowersExcursus I: Logan GriderExcursus I: The GiftExcursus I: Tea & ConversationExcursus I: Ribbon BeeStep Into the StudioExcursus I: EpistleExcursus I: Tea & ConversationICA Salon: Studio/Post StudioExcursus I: Karma BookshopExcursus I: Ciné-SocietyExcursus I: Agnes MartinExcursus I: Venice BiennaleICA Salon: Art in Transit/Art in FluxExcursus I: Tea & ConversationExcursus I: Let’s Play ChessICA Salon: Meeting BoundariesICA Salon: Approaching ImageryExcursus I: Tea & ConversationFree For All: Fall 2011Excursus I Opening Reception: Reference LibraryJohn Dixon Hunt: Gardens As a Mode of Attack / Between Object and Environment: Sculpture in an Extended Format (1969)Joan Jonas, Vishal Jugdeo and David Dempewolf in Conversation / Joan Jonas/Stage Sets (1976)Siltbreezes and German Spectres / Image Scavengers (1982) and Investigations 28: Martin Kippenberger (1989)Coffee & ConversationCoffee & ConversationCoffee & ConversationCoffee & ConversationExcursus Book Launch at The Print CenterREADING: Moyra DaveyKasten Considered: Materials and Margins, with Sarah Crowner, Christine Poggi, and Jenni SorkinCritical Dialogues: Melissa Meyer at Tyler School of ArtKasten Considered: Postmodernism in the Present, Peter Shire and Martino Gamper in conversation Kasten in Context: New Peers: Barbara Kasten in conversation with David Hartt, Takeshi Murata, and Sara VanDerBeekSpring Opening Celebration and WalkthroughBook Launch: Barbara Kasten: Stages at Bortolami Gallery, New YorkPerformance: Les Bouteilles de la Table RondeSummer Screening: She Found A Place…Lauder Lecture on Contemporary Art: Robert WilsonCoffee & Conversation: Myth, Truth, and ArchaeologyCoffee & Conversation: Experimental Theater and the Play SphereCoffee & Conversation: Text and TranslationCoffee & Conversation: The Everyday ProstheticConversation: James Welling, Kaja Silverman, and Alex KleinI is for Institute: Local ContextI is for Institute: Screening & Conversation with Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela, and Kunsthalle LissabonBrown Bag Lunch: Alex Klein on Myths of the MarbleConcert on the Terrace with Skylar Spence, Eyeliner, death’s dynamic shroud.wmv, and Plastic IvyNathalie Du Pasquier in ConversationPublic Tour of BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT with Curator Alex KleinFor Nathalie Du Pasquier: An Evening of Poetry & Conversation with Leonard Koren, Steve Piccolo, and Omar Sosa (with a poetry contest!)Winter Opening CelebrationBroadcasting: Means of Production with Antoine Catala and Tony CokesBroadcasting: Transmission with Ulysses Jenkins and Sondra PerryBroadcasting: Alternative TelevisionBroadcasting: Variety Show SpecialPublic Curator-Led Tour of Broadcasting: EAI at ICA