Date: 17 November (Friday), 2017
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Venue: CVA111, Communication & Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University (5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong)
We are delighted to invite Ms Suhanya Raffel, the Executive Director of M+ to deliver a talk to students!
Contemporary art in Asia is all the rage in media, fashion, and even real estate in Hong Kong. Ms. Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+, will discuss the evolution of the field of contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly from her own unique, curatorial vantage point. The talk will look at how contemporary Asian art has developed over the last two decades as well as addressing questions such as: Why is it important to look at contemporary art from the region? Why and which institutions are taking a lead role in presenting this art to the world? The session will help gain a deeper understanding on the history of this burgeoning field.
About the speaker:
Ms Suhanya Raffel’s curatorial career began in 1984 and has over 30 years of experience as a museum manager and curator. From 1994 to 2013, Ms Raffel worked with Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art where her passion for art and culture helped her excel in many senior curatorial positions and reach the position as Acting Director. Ms Raffel has led the Gallery’s flagship project ‘The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT) since 2002. Ms Raffel was appointed as the Deputy Director and Director of Collections with Australia’s Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2013. During her tenure, she participated in the expansion plans of the Gallery, the ‘Sydney Modern Project’, and established a collection based exhibition development direction which subsequently helped transform the Gallery into a 21st-century art museum.
Ms Raffel was appointed the Executive Director of M+ in November 2016. She is currently an advisor for the Yokohama Triennial 2017 in Japan. She is also a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust, Sri Lanka as well as a member of the Board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM).