MacKenzie Art Gallery Announces Appointment of Tak Pham to Assistant Curator Position

MacKenzie Art Gallery Announces Appointment of Tak Pham to Assistant Curator Position

March 20, 2019 at 9:00am

The MacKenzie Art Gallery today announced the appointment of Tak Pham to the Assistant Curator position. This position will be instrumental in enacting the ongoing transformative changes in the Gallery’s exhibition and programs, creating more dynamic experiences for visitors. Pham will be joining the gallery on May 6, 2019.

“We are excited to welcome Tak to the Gallery and introduce him to the wonderful visual art scene here in Saskatchewan,” says Executive Director and CEO of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Anthony Kiendl. “Since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2014, Tak’s projects and writing have elevated in scope, and we look forward to the innovative ideas Tak will bring to the team and to Regina.”

The new Assistant Curator will aid in the development of exhibitions, curatorial publications, and Gallery programs, and provide research and interpretation of the permanent collection and acquisitions. The MacKenzie recognizes and embraces the idea that visual art and culture constitute an immense breadth of perspectives, modes of communication, and experiences. Museums play a vital role in preserving, creating, translating, interpreting and disseminating culture—and when these equally important practices are in conversation, they can exponentially add meaning to our lives.

“I am very excited to welcome Tak to the MacKenzie team,” says John Hampton, Director of Programs at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. “Tak has an incredibly nuanced and sharp understanding of contemporary culture and he takes an imaginative approach to reconsidering space, architecture, and identity. Tak will be an invaluable resource in helping us as we continue pushing our understanding of what contemporary art can be, engaging with new communities and writing new art histories.”

Tak Pham is a Vietnamese contemporary art curator and art critic. He holds a B.A Hons. in History and Theory of Architecture from Carleton University, and a MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. He has curated exhibitions, projects, and public programming at OCAD University, Art Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Y+ Contemporary, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Riverdale Gallery, Xpace Cultural Centre, Trinity Square Video, Living Architecture Systemas Group/ Philip Beesley Architect Inc., Pleasuredome, 8eleven Gallery, Images Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto and numerous private art consultation projects.

“It is such an honour to be joining the amazing team at the MacKenzie, especially during this transformative period”, says Tak Pham, the newly appointed Assistant Curator. “After multiple conservations with Anthony, John, and Timothy, I am excited to bring my experience and perspective to future initiatives and projects at the Gallery. I look forward to connecting with different communities in Regina and Saskatchewan, and to contributing to the development and promotion of arts and culture in the region.” Pham continued, “As a young curator, this opportunity to work at a leading Canadian institution like the MacKenzie is significant to me. I can't wait to welcome everyone to my curatorial projects in the near future.”

Pham’s writing has appeared in espace art actuel, esse arts + opinions, Canadian Art, The Senses and Society Journal, 8eleven Gallery, and Xpace Cultural Centre. His curatorial projects have been featured on Canadian Art, Akimbo, Artoronto.com, Blouin Artinfo, CBC Arts, Cultre Magazine and NOW Toronto.

More information on Pham’s projects can be found at takpham.com.

Tak Pham will be speaking on his practice at the MacKenzie Art Gallery on the evening of May 16. More details to come.

 

Photo credit: Farihah Shah