Our In Conversation series continues with spring exhibition artist Kate Costello and guest speakers Rita Gonzalez, Department Head in Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles Museum of Art and writer, poet and critic Gabriela Jauregui. Using Costello’s exhibition, The Tip of The Tongue as a starting point, join us for an open discussion on Zoom about cultural legacy, the mutation of language, and the time and space of reading and drawing in the age of COVID-19. For virtual walk throughs, images, and gallery texts for The Tip of The Tongue download the new TUAG app.
Rita Gonzalez is the Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she has curated Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement; Asco: Elite of the Obscure; Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection; Agnés Varda in Californialand, In Production: Art and the Studio System, Christian Marclay: Sound Stories, among other exhibitions and programs. Gonzalez curated L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists, an exhibition that featured sixty gifts and marked the culmination of LACMA’s 50th anniversary year. From 1997–1999, she was the Lila Wallace Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. She was on the curatorial team for Prospect 3 New Orleans and part of the curatorial teams for the first Current L.A. Biennial in 2016 and the Gwangju Bienale in 2018.
Gabriela Jauregui is a writer, editor, and translator. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside, and an MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory from the University of California, Irvine. Her most recent books include: Tsunami (Sexto Piso 2018) and ManyFiestas (Gato Negro, 2017), Leash Seeks Lost Botch (The Song Cave, 2015), Controlled Decay (Akashic, 2008). She lives in Mexico City and is a founding member of the sur+ publishing collective in Mexico.
Kate Costello lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her one-person exhibition, Kate Costello: The Tip of the Tongue was one view at Tufts University Art Galleries, SMFA / Boston January –March 2020, and remains accessible online through the TUAG App. Costello’s wall drawing The Hermit's Strand will be on view in Tufts Science and Engineering Complex in Medford through 2021.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Drawings, LAXART, Los Angeles (2015); Kiki & Me, Rob Tufnell Gallery, London (2014); Cockaigne, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles (2010); and Tattooed Ladies, Wallspace Gallery (2011). Selected group exhibitions include:Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012); This Place You See, Kadist Foundation, Paris (2009); THING: New Sculpture from Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005); and High Desert Test Site 2, Joshua Tree, California (2003). Artist’s books include: P&P (Midgramme , 2016) and Fears & Accessories (onestar press, 2014).
Costello holds a BA from Tufts University, aBFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA from the University of Southern California. Costello’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum of Art.