Alex Klein

Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE'60) Curator


Alex Klein joined ICA in 2011 from Los Angeles. Upcoming projects at ICA include a partnership with the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria to present the first retrospective of Nathalie Du Pasquier BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT (2017) organized with Luca Lo Pinto, Broad Casting: EAI at ICA (2018) co-curated with Rebecca Cleman, Suki Seokyeong Kang (2018) co-curated with Kate Kraczon, and the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute. Recent exhibitions include Myths of the Marble (2017) co-curated with Milena Hoegsberg and co-organized with the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway and the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute. Recent exhibitions include Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015), the first major survey of the artist’s work, which subsequently traveled to the Graham Foundation, Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Consider the Belvedere (2015), which partially travels to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. She was also the curator of Excursus, an ambitious two-year, four-part exhibition, website, and programming series at ICA with Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, and Primary Information (2011–13) and co-curator of the exhibition First Among Equals (2012, with Kate Kraczon), which considered models of artistic dialogue, collaboration, and antagonism. Other projects at ICA have included AVANT-GARDEner: Ian Hamilton Finlay (2014, co-curated with Lynne Farrington); Vishal Jugdeo: An Education in the Logic of Leaves (2014); and the ICA Salon series (2011–14).

From 2013 to 2015 she served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-curated the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel (2015, with Tina Kukielski) and co-edited the publication Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision (CMOA, 2015). Her writing has been published in numerous collections, including Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016), The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press/CCS Bard, 2013), How Soon Is Now? (LUMA, 2012), and the critical volume on photography Words Without Pictures (LACMA/Aperture, 2010), which she also edited. Klein received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, her MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and her BA in Art History from Columbia University, New York. As an artist she has exhibited work in galleries such as Clifton Benevento (New York), Leo Koenig Projeckte (New York), Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles), Grice Bench (Los Angeles), and Galerie Crone (Berlin). She is also the co-founder, with designer Mark Owens, of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions. Previously she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 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